TELEPHONE & DATA SYSTEMS INC /DE/
8-K, 2000-12-21
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                                    FORM 8-K

                       SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

                             Washington, D.C. 20549

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                       Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
                       The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

         Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 21, 2000
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                        TELEPHONE AND DATA SYSTEMS, INC.
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             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


   Delaware                           1-14157                    36-2669023
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  (State or other                    (Commission                (IRS Employer
   jurisdiction of                    File Number)               Identification
   incorporation)                                                No.)


   30 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois                       60602
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     (Address of principal executive offices)                      (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code:  (312) 630-1900


                                 Not Applicable
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             (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)







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Item 5.  Other Events.
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         On December 21, 2000, United States Cellular  Corporation,  an over 80%
owned  subsidiary  of Telephone and Data Systems,  Inc.,  announced  that strong
customer growth and digital  migration will reduce fourth quarter operating cash
flow.  U.S.  Cellular also provided  information  on fourth quarter 2000 service
revenues and operating cash flow as well as certain expectations for 2001.

         This  Current  Report  on Form 8-K is being  filed for the  purpose  of
filing the news release issued by U.S. Cellular relating to such announcement as
an exhibit.

Item 7.  Financial Statements and Exhibits
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         Exhibits
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         The exhibits  accompanying  this report are listed in the  accompanying
Exhibit Index.


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                                   SIGNATURES


         Pursuant to the  requirements  of the Securities  Exchange Act of 1934,
the  registrant  has duly  caused  this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereto duly authorized.




Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.
(Registrant)

Date:    December 21, 2000


By:   /s/ D. Michael Jack
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D. Michael Jack
Vice President and Controller
(Principal Accounting Officer)


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                                  EXHIBIT INDEX


Exhibit Number                              Description of Exhibit
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      99.1                                  United   States    Cellular
                                            Corporation   news  release
                                            announcing    that   strong
                                            customer growth and digital
                                            migration    will    reduce
                                            fourth  quarter   operating
                                            cash  flow, dated  December
                                            21, 2000.






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