TELEPHONE & DATA SYSTEMS INC /DE/
8-K, EX-99, 2000-11-29
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                                                                    Exhibit 99.1

Contact:   Mark A. Steinkrauss, Vice President, Corporate Relations
           (312) 592-5384  [email protected]


FOR RELEASE:  IMMEDIATE


                          TDS Announces Acquisition of

                        Chorus Communications Group, LTD.

November  27,  2000 -  Chicago,  Illinois -  Telephone  and Data  Systems,  Inc.
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[AMEX:TDS],  a  leading  supplier  of  wireless  and local  telephone  services,
announced  that it has entered  into a  definitive  agreement  for the merger of
Chorus  Communications  Group, Ltd., of Madison,  WI [OTC Bulletin Board: CCGL].
The transaction is subject to certain conditions, including regulatory approvals
and  approval  by Chorus  shareholders,  and is  expected to close in the second
quarter of 2001.  The total purchase price is $195 million and the assumption of
debt. Debt outstanding on September 30, 2000 was $31 million.

Chorus  Communications  Group,  Ltd.  is a  telecommunications  company  serving
approximately  45,000 access lines and 30,000  Internet  customers  primarily in
Wisconsin.  Its assets include the local  exchange  carriers  Mid-Plains,  Inc.,
Dickeyville  Telephone  and  Farmers  Telephone  Company.  The  company's  other
operations,  including  Chorus  Networks,  sell,  install and  service  business
telephone and videoconferencing systems, data networks, Internet access and long
distance.  Chorus also has  recently  entered the CLEC  business.  In  addition,
through its local exchange  carriers,  Chorus has interests in certain  wireless
partnerships in Wisconsin.

James Barr III,  President and Chief Executive  Officer of TDS Telecom said: "We
are pleased to join forces with Chorus.  Its  telecommunications  operations fit
extremely well with our existing  operations in Wisconsin,  already a strong and
sizable market for us.  Together,  we intend to increase  growth,  introduce new
services  faster  and  achieve  operating  benefits.  Chorus's  experienced  and
extremely capable workforce will strengthen our combined operation.

"In particular,  we are pleased that Chorus's  operating  areas are overlayed by
the wireless footprint of our sister company U.S.  Cellular.  Together with U.S.
Cellular  we are  looking  forward to  offering  our  customers a broad array of
telecommunications services from voice telephone services to high-speed data and
mobile services."

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All  information set forth in this news release,  except  historical and factual
information, represents forward-looking statements. This includes all statements
about the Company's plans, beliefs, estimates and expectations. These statements
are based on current estimates and projections,  which involve certain risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in
the  forward-looking  statements.   Important  factors  that  may  affect  these
forward-looking  statements  include,  but are not  limited  to:  changes in the
overall  economy;  changes in  competition in the markets in which TDS operates;
advances in  telecommunications  technology;  changes in the  telecommunications
regulatory environment; pending and future litigation; acquisitions/divestitures
of properties  and or licenses;  changes in customer  growth rates,  penetration
rates,  churn rates,  roaming rates and the mix of products and services offered
in our markets.  Investors are  encouraged to consider these and other risks and
uncertainties  that are discussed in documents  filed by TDS with Securities and
Exchange Commission ("SEC").

TDS is a diversified telecommunications corporation founded in 1969. Through its
strategic business units, U.S. Cellular and TDS Telecom,  TDS operates primarily
by providing  cellular  and local  telephone  service.  TDS builds value for its
shareholders by providing excellent  communications services in growing, closely
related  segments of the  telecommunications  industry.  The  Company  currently
employs over 8,000 people and serves  approximately  3.6 million customers in 35
states.

Founded in 1969, TDS Telecom serves more than 900 rural and suburban communities
in 28 states.  The company has achieved  steady  growth and is  America's  ninth
largest  non-Bell  telephone  company,  with more than 696,000  access lines and
revenues of $546 million in 1999.

A map of the ILEC properties involved can be viewed at TDS's website.

For more information about TDS and its subsidiaries, visit the web sites at:

TDS:  http://www.teldta.com              TDS Telecom: http://www.tdstelecom.com
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