TDS: Comments on the retirement of U.S. Senator Herb Kohl

Wisconsin’s Senior Senator always put the Badger State First

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Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager-Public Relations

TDS Telecommunications Corp.

608-664-4471 / [email protected]

MADISON, Wis. (May 13, 2011) — Today, the State of Wisconsin learned of United States Senator Herb Kohl’s intention to retire at the end of the 112th Congress.

The following statement can be attributed to Drew Petersen, vice president of external affairs and communications for TDS Telecommunications Corp.:

“Today, as U.S. Senator Herb Kohl announces his intent to retire from the United States Senate at the conclusion of the 112th Congress, he should be commended for his outstanding legislative accomplishments and tenacious advocacy on behalf of all Wisconsin residents. He deserves tremendous credit for putting people above partisanship.

“As the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, Sen. Kohl led the discussion and discourse on ensuring the countries communications industry was kept in balance—demanding focus on and commitment to consumers and preservation of the public interest. Sen. Kohl’s efforts to aggressively review and examine some of the nation’s largest mergers and acquisitions were always fair, impartial, and results oriented. His active legislative involvement led to countless merger conditions and policies that preserved and protected competition, advanced new technology deployments and lastly, ensured Wisconsin consumers were guaranteed competitive choice.

“Senator Kohl, along with his dedicated professional staff, always focused their policy attention on improving the health, safety, economic prosperity, and quality of life in Wisconsin. These guiding principles were the foundation of Sen. Kohl’s office and are a direct reflection of his personal character and ethics.

“Wisconsin will be losing a tremendous public servant, but make no mistake, the United States and Wisconsin are better off because of his profound service.”