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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 14A

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UNITED STATES CELLULAR CORPORATION
8410 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60631
Phone: (773) 399-8900
Fax: (773) 399-8936

LOGO

April 9, 2019

Dear Fellow Shareholders:

        You are cordially invited to attend the 2019 annual meeting of shareholders ("2019 Annual Meeting") of United States Cellular Corporation ("U.S. Cellular") on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 8:30 a.m., central time, at U.S. Cellular Plaza, 8410 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. At the meeting, we will report on the accomplishments and plans of U.S. Cellular.

        The Notice of the 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and 2019 Proxy Statement ("2019 Proxy Statement") of our board of directors is attached. Also enclosed is our 2018 Annual Report to shareholders ("2018 Annual Report"). At the 2019 Annual Meeting, shareholders are being asked to take the following actions:

        Your board of directors unanimously recommends a vote "FOR" its nominees for election as directors, "FOR" the proposal to ratify accountants, and "FOR" the Say-on-Pay proposal.

        We would like to have as many shareholders as possible represented at the 2019 Annual Meeting. Therefore, whether or not you plan to attend the meeting, please sign, date and return the enclosed proxy card(s), or vote on the Internet in accordance with the instructions set forth on the proxy card(s).

        We look forward to visiting with you.

Very truly yours,

GRAPHIC

 

GRAPHIC
LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr.
Chairman
  Kenneth R. Meyers
President and Chief Executive Officer

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UNITED STATES CELLULAR CORPORATION   LOGO

Dear Shareholders,

U.S. Cellular exists to provide exceptional wireless communication services which enhance consumers' lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses, and improve the efficiency of government operations in the mid-sized and rural markets we serve.

        At U.S. Cellular our customer centric approach and high-quality network differentiates us from competitors, and positions us to achieve business imperatives that will create long-term sustainable growth.

Strengthen and grow our loyal customer base

        Last year, we saw low levels of handset churn as a result of high levels of customer loyalty and satisfaction. Customers appreciate the simplicity of our Total Plans, which include choices for unlimited data. We continue to evolve our pricing strategies and promotional plans, taking an even more targeted approach to meet the specific needs of our customers.

Capture new and emerging revenue opportunities

        Our short-term initiatives behind capturing new revenue opportunities include optimizing our device portfolio to ensure consumers have access to emerging categories like wearables and connected home devices. It also includes continuing to deliver 4G fixed wireless broadband services to our more rural markets. We are expanding our operating footprint into a few areas adjacent to our current service territory and expanding our brand's relevancy across other consumer segments. Our long-term initiatives are centered around the opportunities to provide more advanced services with 5G technologies, which in turn will impact our network and distribution plans.

Advance our network to meet our customers' evolving needs

        Network performance remains a key driver of customer satisfaction and a hallmark of U.S. Cellular's strategic positioning. We will continue to invest in current technologies, 4G and Voice over LTE, to ensure our customers have the high-quality experience they come to expect even as their data usage increases. At the same time, we will begin investing in next generation, 5G technology. Our New England and Mid-Atlantic markets are on track to roll out Voice over LTE in the first half of 2019, and we are targeting our first 5G commercial launches in 2020.

Maintain expense discipline

        We balance competitiveness with profitability through aggressive but economical pricing and promotions. Despite increasing data usage, we still manage to keep system operations costs low through expense management initiatives.

Sincerely,    

GRAPHIC

 

GRAPHIC
LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr.
Chairman
  Kenneth R. Meyers
President and Chief Executive Officer

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NOTICE OF 2019 ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS AND 2019 PROXY STATEMENT

TO THE SHAREHOLDERS OF


UNITED STATES CELLULAR CORPORATION

        We will hold the 2019 annual meeting of the shareholders ("2019 Annual Meeting") of United States Cellular Corporation ("U.S. Cellular"), a Delaware corporation, at U.S. Cellular Plaza, 8410 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at 8:30 a.m., central time. At the meeting, we are asking shareholders to take the following actions:

        We have fixed the close of business on March 27, 2019, as the record date for the determination of shareholders entitled to notice of, and to vote at, the 2019 Annual Meeting or any postponement, adjournment or recess thereof.

        We are first sending this Notice of the 2019 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and 2019 Proxy Statement, together with our 2018 Annual Report, on or about April 9, 2019, to shareholders who are receiving a paper copy of the proxy materials. We made arrangements to commence mailing a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials on or about April 9, 2019 to other shareholders as discussed below.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING INTERNET AVAILABILITY OF PROXY MATERIALS
FOR THE SHAREHOLDERS MEETING TO BE HELD ON MAY 21, 2019

        The following information about the Internet availability of proxy materials is being provided under the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"):

        Effective April 9, 2019, the following documents are available at www.uscellular.com under About Us—Investor Relations—Proxy Vote, or at investors.uscellular.com/proxyvote:

        Under SEC rules, proxy materials are being furnished to many of our shareholders via the Internet, instead of mailing printed copies of those materials to each shareholder. Beginning April 9, 2019, U.S. Cellular made arrangements to commence sending certain shareholders a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials (the "Notice") containing instructions on how to access our proxy materials, including our 2019 Proxy Statement and 2018 Annual Report. The Notice also instructs shareholders on how to vote through the Internet.

        This process is designed to reduce the environmental impact and expenses associated with our annual meeting and help conserve resources. However, if a shareholder prefers to receive printed proxy materials at no additional cost, on a one-time or ongoing basis, instructions for doing so are included in the Notice or at investors.uscellular.com/proxyvote.

        If you have previously elected to receive our proxy materials electronically or in paper format, you will continue to receive these materials in accordance with your election until you elect otherwise.

        We encourage you to formally consent to receive all proxy materials electronically in the future. If you wish to receive these materials electronically next year, please follow the instructions at investors.uscellular.com/proxyvote.

        If you received a Notice, any control/identification numbers that you need to access the proxy materials and vote are set forth on your Notice.

        If you received printed materials, any control/identification numbers that you need to vote are set forth on your proxy card if you are a record holder, or on your voting instruction card if you hold shares through a broker, dealer or bank.

        In addition, all additional soliciting materials sent to shareholders or made public after this Notice has been sent will be made publicly accessible at the above website address no later than the day on which such materials are first sent to shareholders or made public.

        The location where the 2019 Annual Meeting will be held is on the second floor of the U.S. Cellular Plaza, 8410 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago. This building is just south of Interstate 90 and approximately one block west of Cumberland Avenue.

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UNITED STATES CELLULAR CORPORATION

2019 PROXY STATEMENT

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SUMMARY

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VOTING INFORMATION

 
3

PROPOSAL 1 ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

 
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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 
15

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

 
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PROPOSAL 2 RATIFICATION OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM FOR 2019

 
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FEES PAID TO PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANTS

 
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AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

 
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PROPOSAL 3 ADVISORY VOTE ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 
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EXECUTIVE AND DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

 
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Compensation Discussion and Analysis

 
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Compensation Committee Report

 
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Compensation Tables

 
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Summary Compensation Table

 
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Grants of Plan-Based Awards

 
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Outstanding Equity Awards at Fiscal Year-End

 
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Option Exercises and Stock Vested

 
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Nonqualified Deferred Compensation

 
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Table of Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control

 
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Risks from Compensation Policies and Practices

 
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Director Compensation

 
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Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation

 
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Other Relationships and Related Transactions

 
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SECURITIES AUTHORIZED FOR ISSUANCE UNDER EQUITY COMPENSATION PLANS

 
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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

 
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SECTION 16(a) BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REPORTING COMPLIANCE

 
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CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS

 
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SHAREHOLDER PROPOSALS FOR 2020 ANNUAL MEETING

 
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SOLICITATION OF PROXIES

 
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FINANCIAL AND OTHER INFORMATION

 
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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

 
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OTHER BUSINESS

 
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SUMMARY

        The following is a summary of the actions being taken at the 2019 Annual Meeting and does not include all of the information that may be important to you. You should carefully read this entire Proxy Statement and not rely solely on the following summary.

Proposal 1—Election of Directors

        Under the terms of U.S. Cellular's Restated Certificate of Incorporation ("Restated Charter"), the terms of all incumbent directors will expire at the 2019 Annual Meeting.

        The holders of Common Shares are entitled to elect three directors. Your board of directors has nominated the following incumbent directors for election as directors by the holders of Common Shares: J. Samuel Crowley, Gregory P. Josefowicz and Cecelia D. Stewart.

        TDS, as the sole holder of Series A Common Shares, is entitled to elect eight directors. Your board of directors has nominated the following incumbent directors for election as directors by the holder of Series A Common Shares: Steven T. Campbell, LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., Walter C. D. Carlson, Ronald E. Daly, Harry J. Harczak, Jr., Kenneth R. Meyers, Peter L. Sereda, and Kurt B. Thaus.

        Your board of directors unanimously recommends that you vote FOR the above nominees.

Proposal 2—Ratification of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

        As in prior years, shareholders are being asked to ratify PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP ("PwC") as the company's independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2019.

        Your board of directors unanimously recommends that you vote FOR this proposal.

Proposal 3—Advisory Vote on Executive Compensation or "Say-on-Pay"

        As required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act"), shareholders are being asked to approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of our named executive officers for 2018.

        Your board of directors unanimously recommends that you vote FOR this proposal.

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VOTING INFORMATION

Voting Rights

        Under the Restated Charter, each Series A Common Share is entitled to ten votes on all matters, and each Common Share is entitled to one vote on all matters. The holders of Common Shares, voting as a separate class, are entitled to elect 25% of the directors (rounded up to the nearest whole number), and the holders of Series A Common Shares are entitled to elect the remaining 75% of the directors (rounded down to the nearest whole number).

What is the record date for the meeting?

        The close of business on March 27, 2019.

        A complete list of shareholders entitled to vote, arranged in alphabetical order and by voting group, showing the address of and number of shares held by each shareholder, will be made available at the offices of U.S. Cellular, 8410 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60631, for examination by any shareholder, for any purpose germane to the 2019 Annual Meeting, during normal business hours, for a period of at least ten days prior to the 2019 Annual Meeting.

What shares of stock entitle holders to vote at the meeting?

        We have the following classes or series of stock outstanding, each of which entitles holders to vote at the meeting:

        The Common Shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") under the symbol "USM."

        No public market exists for the Series A Common Shares, but the Series A Common Shares are convertible on a share-for-share basis into Common Shares.

        On the record date, U.S. Cellular had outstanding 53,346,077 Common Shares, par value $1.00 per share (excluding 1,721,924 Common Shares held by U.S. Cellular and a subsidiary of U.S. Cellular), and 33,005,877 Series A Common Shares, par value $1.00 per share. As of the record date, no shares of Preferred Stock, par value $1.00 per share, of U.S. Cellular were outstanding.

What is the voting power of the outstanding shares in the election of directors?

        The following shows information relating to the outstanding shares and voting power of such shares in the election of directors as of the record date:

Class or Series of Common Stock
Outstanding
Shares
Votes
per Share
Total
Voting Power
Total Number
of Directors
Elected by
Class or Series

Series A Common Shares

33,005,877 10 330,058,770 8

Common Shares

53,346,077 1 53,346,077 3

Total

N/A N/A N/A 11

        TDS, as the sole holder of Series A Common Shares, is entitled to elect eight directors and the holders of Common Shares are entitled to elect three of the directors.

Director Voting Sunset Provision.

        As noted above, the holders of Series A Common Shares and holders of Common Shares vote separately in the election of directors. However, pursuant to U.S. Cellular's Restated Charter, if the number of Series A Common Shares issued and outstanding at any time falls below 12.5% of the

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number of outstanding shares of common stock, because of the conversion of Series A Common Shares into Common Shares or otherwise, the holder of Series A Common Shares would lose the right to vote as a separate class, and thereafter the holder of Series A Common Shares, with ten votes per share, and the holders of Common Shares, with one vote per share, would vote as a single class in the election of all directors.

What is the voting power of the outstanding shares in matters other than the election of directors?

        The following shows information relating to the outstanding shares and voting power of such shares in matters other than the election of directors as of the record date.

Class or Series of Common Stock
Outstanding
Shares
Votes
per Share
Total
Voting Power
Percent

Series A Common Shares

33,005,877 10 330,058,770 86.1 %

Common Shares

53,346,077 1 53,346,077 13.9 %

Total

N/A N/A 383,404,847 100.00 %

Voting Power Sunset Provision.

        Each Series A Common Share has ten votes per share in all matters and, as a result, the Series A Common Shares have a substantial majority of votes in matters other than the election of directors. However, this percentage could decrease. For instance, this could occur if TDS converts Series A Common Shares into Common Shares for any reason. Accordingly, the Restated Charter effectively has a sunset provision for voting in matters other than the election of directors because, if a sufficient number of Series A Common Shares are converted into Common Shares, the voting power of Series A Common Shares could decline below 50%.

How may shareholders vote in the election of directors in Proposal 1?

        Holders of Common Shares may, with respect to the election of the three directors to be elected by the holders of Common Shares, vote FOR or WITHHOLD. TDS, with respect to the election of the eight directors to be elected by the holders of Series A Common Shares, may vote FOR or WITHHOLD.

        Your board of directors unanimously recommends a vote FOR its nominees for election as directors.

How may shareholders vote with respect to the ratification of PwC in Proposal 2?

        Shareholders may, with respect to the proposal to ratify the selection of PwC:

        Your board of directors unanimously recommends a vote FOR this proposal.

How may shareholders vote with respect to the Say-on-Pay proposal in Proposal 3?

        Shareholders may, with respect to the Say-on-Pay proposal:

        Your board of directors unanimously recommends a vote FOR this proposal.

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How does TDS intend to vote?

        TDS is the sole holder of Series A Common Shares and on the record date held 33,005,877 Series A Common Shares. By reason of such holding, TDS has the voting power to elect all of the directors to be elected by the Series A Common Shares. TDS also held 37,782,826 Common Shares on the record date, representing approximately 70.8% of the voting power with respect to the election of the directors to be elected by the holders of Common Shares. TDS has approximately 95.9% of the voting power with respect to matters other than the election of directors.

        TDS has advised us that it intends to vote:

How do I vote?

        Proxies are being requested from the holders of Common Shares in connection with the election of three directors, the ratification of PwC, and the Say-on-Pay proposal. Whether or not you plan to attend the meeting, please sign, date and mail your proxy card(s) in the enclosed self-addressed envelope to Proxy Services, c/o Computershare Investor Services, P.O. Box 505000, Louisville, KY 40233-5000, or vote on the Internet using the control/identification number on your proxy card in accordance with the instructions set forth on the proxy card. You have the power to revoke your proxy at any time before it is voted.

How will proxies be voted?

        All properly voted and unrevoked proxies received in time for the 2019 Annual Meeting will be voted in the manner directed.

        If no direction is made, a proxy by a shareholder will be voted FOR the election of each of the named director nominees in Proposal 1, FOR Proposal 2, and FOR Proposal 3.

        If a proxy indicates that all or a portion of the votes represented by such proxy are not being voted or abstained with respect to a particular matter, and the shareholder giving such proxy does not attend and vote at the 2019 Annual Meeting, such "non-votes" will not be considered present and entitled to vote on such matter. However, the shares represented by such a proxy may be considered present and entitled to vote on other matters and will count for the purpose of determining the presence of a quorum.

        Proxies given pursuant to this solicitation may be revoked at any time prior to the voting of the shares at the 2019 Annual Meeting by written notice to the Secretary of U.S. Cellular, by submitting a later dated proxy or by attendance and voting in person at the Annual Meeting.

        The board of directors has no knowledge of any other proposals that may be properly presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting and no other proposals were received by U.S. Cellular by the date specified by the advance notice provision in U.S. Cellular's Bylaws. The proxy solicited by the board of directors confers discretionary authority to the proxies named to vote on matters that may properly come before such meeting or any postponement, adjournment or recess thereof, in addition to the foregoing proposals, to the extent permitted by Rule 14a-4(c) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. If the meeting is adjourned or postponed, the named proxies can vote such shares at the adjournment or postponement.

How will my shares be voted if I own shares through a broker?

        If you are the beneficial owner of shares held in "street name" by a broker, bank, or other nominee ("broker"), such broker, as the record holder of the shares, is required to vote those shares in accordance with your instructions. If you do not give specific instructions to the broker or have standing instructions on file with the broker, under Rule 452 of the NYSE, depending on the timing of certain

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actions, the broker may be entitled to vote the shares with respect to "discretionary" items but will not be permitted to vote the shares with respect to "non-discretionary" items (in which case such shares will be treated as non-votes). In addition, whether the broker can or will vote your shares with respect to discretionary items if you have not given instructions to the broker and how such shares may be voted by the broker (i.e., proportionately with voting instructions received by the broker from other shareholders or pursuant to the recommendation of management, etc.) depend on the particular broker's policies. As a result, we cannot advise you whether your broker will or will not vote your shares or how it may vote the shares if it does not receive or have voting instructions from you and, accordingly, recommend that you contact your broker. In general, the ratification of auditors is a discretionary item. On the other hand, matters such as the election of directors (whether contested or not) or votes on Say-on-Pay are non-discretionary items. In such cases, if your broker does not have specific or standing instructions, your shares will be treated as non-votes and will not be voted on such matters. Accordingly, we urge you to provide instructions to your broker so that your votes may be counted on all matters. If your shares are held in street name, your broker will include a voting instruction form with this 2019 Proxy Statement. We strongly encourage you to vote your shares by following the instructions provided on the voting instruction form. Please return your voting instruction form to your broker and/or contact your broker to ensure that a proxy card is voted on your behalf.

What constitutes a quorum for the meeting?

        A majority of the voting power of shares of capital stock in matters other than the election of directors and entitled to vote, present in person or represented by proxy, will constitute a quorum to permit the 2019 Annual Meeting to proceed. Withheld votes and abstentions of shares entitled to vote and non-votes will be treated as present in person or represented by proxy for purposes of establishing a quorum for the meeting. If the shares beneficially owned by TDS are present in person or represented by proxy at the 2019 Annual Meeting, such shares will constitute a quorum. In addition, where a separate vote by a class or group is required with respect to a proposal, a quorum is also required with respect to such proposal for the vote to proceed.

        In the election of directors, where a separate vote by a class or voting group is required, the holders of a majority of the votes of the stock of such class or voting group, present in person or represented by proxy, will constitute a quorum entitled to take action with respect to that vote on that matter. With respect to a director, withheld votes by shares entitled to vote and non-votes will be treated as present in person or represented by proxy for the purpose of establishing a quorum for the election of such director. If the shares beneficially owned by TDS are present in person or represented by proxy at the 2019 Annual Meeting, such shares will constitute a quorum with respect to the eight directors to be elected by the Series A Common Shares and the three directors to be elected by the Common Shares.

        The holders of a majority of the votes of the stock issued and outstanding and entitled to vote with respect to the other proposals, present in person or represented by proxy, will constitute a quorum at the 2019 Annual Meeting in connection with such other proposals. With respect to such proposals, abstentions from voting and non-votes will be treated as present in person or represented by proxy for the purpose of establishing a quorum. If the shares beneficially owned by TDS are present in person or represented by proxy at the 2019 Annual Meeting, such shares will constitute a quorum in connection with such proposals.

        Even if a quorum is present, the holders of a majority of the voting stock present in person or represented by proxy may adjourn the 2019 Annual Meeting. Because it holds a majority of the voting power of all classes of stock, TDS has the voting power to approve an adjournment. U.S. Cellular does not currently have any expectation that the 2019 Annual Meeting would be adjourned for any reason. However, if there is a proposal to adjourn the Annual Meeting by a vote of the shareholders, the persons named in the enclosed proxy will have discretionary authority to vote with respect to such adjournment.

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What vote is required for the election of directors in Proposal 1?

        The holders of Common Shares will vote separately with respect to the election of three directors. TDS as the sole holder of Series A Common Shares will vote separately with respect to the election of eight directors.

        Directors will be elected by a plurality of the votes cast by the class of shareholders entitled to vote in the election of such directors which are present in person or represented by proxy at the meeting.

        In the election of directors, if a quorum of such shares is present at the 2019 Annual Meeting, the person receiving a plurality of the votes cast by holders of such shares entitled to vote will be elected to serve as a director. Withheld votes and non-votes will not be counted as votes cast for the purpose of determining if a director has received a plurality of the votes.

What vote is required with respect to Proposals 2 and 3?

        The holders of Common Shares and Series A Common Shares will vote together as a single group with respect to Proposals 2 and 3. If a quorum is present, Proposals 2 and 3 will require the affirmative vote of a majority of the voting power of the Common Shares, which are entitled to one vote per share, and Series A Common Shares, which are entitled to ten votes per share, voting and present in person or represented by proxy and entitled to vote on such matter. An abstention from voting on such proposal will not be an affirmative vote and, as a result, will effectively be treated as a vote against such proposal. Although non-votes may be included for the purpose of determining a quorum, they will not be treated as entitled to vote on Proposals 2 and 3 and, therefore, will not be included in the calculation of whether these proposals have received the requisite vote.

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PROPOSAL 1
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS

        The terms of all incumbent directors will expire at the 2019 Annual Meeting. The board of directors' nominees for election as directors are identified in the table below. Each of the nominees has consented to be named and serve if elected. The age of the following persons is as of the date of this 2019 Proxy Statement.

To be Elected by Holders of Common Shares

Name
Age Position with U.S. Cellular
and Principal Occupation
Served as
Director since

J. Samuel Crowley

68 Director of U.S. Cellular, Former executive at Gold's Gym International, Inc., Michaels Stores, Inc. and CompUSA, Inc. 1998

Gregory P. Josefowicz

66 Director of U.S. Cellular, Former Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Borders Group, Inc. and former Chief Executive Officer of the Jewel-Osco division of American Stores Company 2009

Cecelia D. Stewart

60 Director of U.S. Cellular, Former President of U.S. Consumer and Commercial Banking of Citigroup Inc. 2013

To be Elected by Holder of Series A Common Shares

Name
Age Position with U.S. Cellular
and Principal Occupation
Served as
Director since

Steven T. Campbell

67 Director and Executive Vice President-Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of U.S. Cellular 2014

LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr. 

72 Chairman and Director of U.S. Cellular and President and Chief Executive Officer of TDS 1984

Walter C. D. Carlson

65 Director of U.S. Cellular and Partner, Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, Illinois 1989

Ronald E. Daly

72 Director of U.S. Cellular, Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Océ-USA Holding, Inc. and former President of the Printing Solutions division of R.R. Donnelley, Inc. 2004

Harry J. Harczak, Jr. 

62 Director of U.S. Cellular, Managing Director of Sawdust Capital, LLC and former Executive Vice President at CDW Corporation 2003

Kenneth R. Meyers

65 Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Cellular 1999

Peter L. Sereda

60 Director of U.S. Cellular and Senior Vice President—Finance of TDS 2014

Kurt B. Thaus

60 Director of U.S. Cellular and Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of TDS 2014

        Your board of directors unanimously recommends a vote "FOR" the above nominees.

Background of Board of Directors' Nominees

        The following briefly describes the business experience during at least the past five years of each of the nominees, including each person's principal occupation(s) and employment; the name and principal business of any corporation or other organization in which such occupation(s) and employment were carried on; and whether such corporation or organization is a parent, subsidiary or other affiliate of U.S.

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Cellular. The following also indicates any other directorships held, including any other directorships held during at least the past five years, by each nominee, in any SEC registered company or any investment company, and the identity of such company.

        The board of directors does not have any specific, minimum qualifications that must be met by a nominee, or any specific qualities or skills that are necessary for directors to possess. The U.S. Cellular board believes that substantial judgment, diligence and care are required to identify and select qualified persons and it does not believe that it would be appropriate to place limitations on its own discretion.

        The board of directors has consistently sought to nominate eminently qualified individuals that can provide substantial benefit and guidance. U.S. Cellular also believes that it is desirable to have diverse backgrounds, experience, skills and other characteristics. In addition, the conclusion of which persons should serve is based in part on the fact that U.S. Cellular is a controlled company with a capital structure in which different classes of stock vote for different directorships. In particular, because TDS owns 100% of the Series A Common Shares, nominations of directors for election by the holder of the Series A Common Shares are based on the recommendation of TDS. In addition, the board of directors may consider the recommendations of large shareholders, including TDS, in nominating persons for election as directors by the holders of Common Shares.

Board composition supports long-term strategy

        U.S. Cellular exists to provide exceptional wireless communications services which enhance consumers' lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations in mid-sized and rural markets we serve. U.S. Cellular's board of directors has broad experiences, qualifications, attributes or skills that support its long-term strategy. The Board of Directors also has considerable expertise in retail, consumer, and marketing which support its strategy.

Nominees for Election by Holders of Common Shares

J. Samuel Crowley Independent Director

    Current Role: Director; Private Investor

Mr. Crowley has significant experience with U.S. Cellular and the wireless industry. He brings substantial experience in retail management and operations. Mr. Crowley also has expertise in areas of strategy, technology, new concept development, customer service culture and operational structure and efficiency. In 2013, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) named Mr. Crowley a NACD Fellow recognizing his commitment to the highest standards of boardroom leadership. Mr. Crowley also brings cyber-risk oversight experience to the board since he completed the NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight program and earned the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight. Mr. Crowley received an undergraduate degree from Rice University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.

      Age: 68

Director since: 1998

Board Committees:

Audit Committee, Chairperson

Long-Term Incentive Compensation Committee

Prior Business and other Experience:

Chief Operating Officer, Gold's Gym (2005-2007)

   
    Current Public Company Boards

None

      Former Public Company Boards

Vois, Inc. (2010-2011)

Goodman Networks (2014-2016), Audit Committee, Chairperson and designated financial expert

      Senior Vice President-New Ventures, Michaels, Stores, Inc. (2002-2003)

Business Strategy Consultant, Insider Marketing (2000-2002)

Multiple operating roles at CompUSA (1989-2000)

   

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Gregory P. Josefowicz Independent Director

    Current Role: Director; Private Investor

Mr. Josefowicz has significant experience with U.S. Cellular and the wireless industry. He has substantial experience, expertise and qualifications in retail marketing, merchandising and general management, along with service as a public company board member. He also has extensive executive leadership experience from leading large retail operations. In addition, he has substantial experience as a result of serving on multiple Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Governance Committees. Mr. Josefowicz holds a BA in Marketing from Michigan State University and an MBA from Northwestern University's J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

      Age: 66

Director since: 2009

Board Committees:

Audit Committee

Long-Term Incentive Compensation Committee, Chairperson

Technology Advisory Group Committee

   
    Current Public Company Boards

Empire Company Limited, since 2016; Human Resources Committee

      Former Public Company Boards

Borders Group, Inc., Chairperson (2002-2006)

PetSmart, Inc. (2004-2015); Chairperson; Lead Director; Compensation Committee; Nomination and Governance Committee

Roundy's, Inc. (2012-2015); Audit Committee; Compensation Committee; Nominating and Corporate Governance; Lead Director

Ryerson, Inc. (1999-2006); Audit Committee, Chairperson

Spartan Stores (2001-2005); Compensation Committee

TDS (2007-2009)

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. (2006-2012); Audit Committee, designated financial expert; Lead Director

      Prior Business and other Experience:

True Value Company (2010-2018); Vice Chairman

Borders Group, Inc. (1999-2006), President and Chief Executive Officer

Tops Holding Corporation (2008-2013). Board member

President, Albertson's Inc.(1999)

Jewel-Osco division of American Stores (1974-1999), including several executive leadership positions and ending as its President

   

Cecelia D. Stewart Independent Director

    Current Role: Director; Private Investor

Ms. Stewart has significant experience with U.S. Cellular and the wireless industry. Ms. Stewart has more than 30 years of experience in the consumer banking industry. Ms. Stewart also has extensive executive leadership experience from leading large, global financial services firms. Further, her background and attributes bring diversity to the board. Ms. Stewart has an MBA from Winthrop University's Executive MBA program and she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Winthrop University in 2014.

      Age: 60

Director since: 2013

Board Committees:

Audit Committee

Long-Term Incentive Compensation Committee

Technology Advisory Group Committee

   
    Current Public Company Boards

First Horizon National Corporation, since 2014; Audit Committee; Information Technology Committee, Chairperson

      Former Public Company Boards

None

      Prior Business and other Experience:

President, U.S. Consumer and Commercial Banking of Citigroup Inc. (2011-2014)

Morgan Stanley, President of Retail Banking Group and Chief Executive Officer of the Private Bank Division (2009-2011)

Wachovia Corporation (1978-2008), including several leadership positions most recently as Executive Vice President and head of retail and small business banking

   

Your board of directors unanimously recommends a vote "FOR" each of the above nominees for election by the holders of Common Shares.

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Nominees for Election by Holders of Series A Common Shares

Steven T. Campbell Non-Independent Director

    Current Role:Director; Executive Vice President-Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Mr. Campbell has significant experience with U.S. Cellular and the wireless industry having served as an executive officer since 2005. He also brings substantial experience in accounting and finance having held senior leadership positions at a number of public companies. Mr. Campbell is responsible for accounting and financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, and treasury functions. In addition he leads the business strategy, risk management, legal and regulatory affairs, real estate, intercarrier business and supply chain activities. Mr. Campbell is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). He has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Quincy University and has an MBA from Northwestern University's J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

      Age: 67

Director since: 2014

Prior Business and other Experience:

3Com Corporation (1997-2005) Vice President-Financial Operations

U.S. Robotics Corporation (1995-1997) Vice President and Controller

Amoco Corporation (1980-1995)

   
    Current Public Company Boards:

None

      Former Public Company Boards:

None

      PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (1973-1980)    

LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr. Chairman of the Board and Non-Independent Director

    Current Role: Director; TDS President, since 1981, and TDS Chief Executive Officer, since 1986

Mr. Carlson brings substantial experience, expertise and qualifications with respect to the wireless industry as a result of his many years as an investor in TDS, a trustee of the TDS Voting Trust, a director and President and Chief Executive Officer of TDS, and a director and Chairman of U.S. Cellular. As the senior executive officer of U.S. Cellular and of its parent, the board of directors considers it essential that Mr. Carlson serve on the U.S. Cellular board. Also, because he is a director and officer of TDS the largest shareholder of U.S. Cellular, his participation on the board permits him to represent the long-term interest of U.S. Cellular shareholders. He also has experience as a member of the TDS Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee since 2004. Mr. Carlson has a bachelor's degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business.

LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr. is the brother of Walter C. D. Carlson.

      Age: 72

Director since: 1984

Board Committee:

Technology Advisory Group Committee, Chairperson

Prior Business and other Experience:

Trustee of the TDS Voting Trust

   
    Current Public Company Boards:

TDS since 1968

      Former Public Company Boards:

Aerial Communications

American Paging

           

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Walter C. D. Carlson Non-Independent Director

    Current Role: Director; Partner of the law firm Sidley Austin LLP for more than five years

Mr. Carlson brings substantial experience, expertise and qualifications with respect to U.S. Cellular and the wireless industry as a result of his many years as an investor in TDS, as a trustee of the TDS Voting Trust, as a director of TDS and Chairman of the TDS Board. Also, because he is a director of TDS, the largest shareholder of U.S. Cellular, his Board participation permits him to represent the long-term interests of U.S. Cellular shareholders. Mr. Carlson is an experienced litigator and has represented many public and private corporate clients. He also has experience as a member and the chairperson of the TDS Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee since 2004. Mr. Carlson has a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard University.

Walter C. D. Carlson is the brother of LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr.

      Age: 65

Director since: 1989

Prior Business and other Experience:

Trustee of the TDS Voting Trust

   
    Current Public Company Boards:

TDS, since 1981

      Former Public Company Boards:

Aerial Communications, Inc.

           

Ronald E. Daly Independent Director

    Current Role: Director; Private Investor

Mr. Daly has significant experience with U.S. Cellular and the wireless industry. Mr. Daly brings substantial experience as a result of his executive leadership positions at large, global companies. Mr. Daly also has telecommunications experience as President of the R.R. Donnelly telecom group. Mr. Daly was formerly a board member of AARP, Inc., president of the Leadership Greater Chicago Board, former member of the Conference Board Council of Operating Executives and a member of the National Black MBA Association. Mr. Daly was a Trustee of Loyola University and served as an Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Leadership. Further, his background and attributes bring diversity to the board. Mr. Daly has an MBA from Loyola University of School of Business.

      Age: 72

Director since 2004

Board Committees:

Long-Term Incentive Committee

Technology Advisory Group Committee

Prior Business and other Experience:

Océ-USA Holding, Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer (2002-2004)

   
    Current Public Company Boards:

None

      Former Public Company Boards:

SuperValu, Inc. (2003-2013); Compensation, Governance, and Finance Committees

     

R.R. Donnelley, Inc. (1964-2002) including several leadership positions most recently as President of R.R. Donnelley Printing Solutions, in addition to 7 years as President of its telecom group.

   

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Harry J. Harczak Independent Director

    Current Role: Director; Managing Director of Sawdust Capital, LLC, since 2008

Mr. Harczak has significant experience with U.S. Cellular and the wireless industry. Mr. Harczak brings substantial experience in finance, sales, operations and management as a result of his executive leadership positions at CDW. Mr. Harczak also has significant experience in accounting and auditing as a result being a chief financial officer and a former partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Harczak is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). Mr. Harczak has a bachelor of science degree in accounting from DePaul University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

      Age: 62

Director since 2003

Board Committee:

Audit Committee, Designated financial expert

Prior Business and other Experience:

CDW Corporation (1994-2007), including several executive leadership positions most recently as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development

   
    Current Public Company Boards:

Tech Data Corporation, since 2008; Audit Committee, Chairperson; Cybertech Committee

      Former Public Company Boards:

None

      PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP    

Kenneth R. Meyers Non-Independent Director

    Current Role: Director; President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Cellular, since 2013

Mr. Meyers has over 30 years of leadership experience in the wireless industry. Mr. Meyers also has significant accounting and finance experience as a result of being a Chief Financial Officer at both U.S. Cellular and TDS. He has also held several executive leadership roles in management, marketing, human resources and information resources. As the president and chief executive officer of U.S. Cellular, the board of directors considers it essential that he serve on the board to provide his views on strategy and operations. Mr. Meyers is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). Mr. Meyers has a bachelor degree in public accounting from Loyola University Chicago and an MBA from Northwestern University's J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

      Age: 65

Director since 1999

Prior Business and other Experience:

TDS' executive vice president and chief financial officer (2007-2013)

Significant leadership and operational experience since joining U.S. Cellular in 1987 including several executive leadership roles providing expertise in management, finance and accounting

   
    Current Public Company Boards:

TDS, since 2007

      Former Public Company Boards:

None

      Marmon Group

Trans Union Corporation

   

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Peter L. Sereda Non-Independent Director

    Current Role: Director; TDS Senior Vice President - Finance

Mr. Sereda has extensive experience with the wireless industry having served as an executive officer of TDS since 1998. Mr. Sereda is responsible for long and short term financing, cash and investment management, banking relationships, and risk and pension asset management. Mr. Sereda also brings substantial experience in finance and the capital markets. Mr. Sereda has a bachelor degree in civil engineering and economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA in finance and statistics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

      Age: 60

Director since 2014

Prior Business and other Experience:

Specialty Foods Corporation (1994-1998), including several executive leadership roles most recently Vice President of Finance - Operations

   
    Current Public Company Boards:

None

      Former Public Company Boards:

None

      Duchossois Industries (1986-1994)    

Kurt B. Thaus Non-Independent Director

    Current Role: Director; TDS Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Mr. Thaus has significant experience with the wireless industry having served as an executive officer of TDS since 2004. He is responsible for all elements of TDS' information technology function including cybersecurity, data management, and financial and operating applications, in addition to responsibility for TDS' OneNeck IT Solutions subsidiary. Mr. Thaus brings over 30 years of experience in information technology, mechanical, environmental and systems engineering. Mr. Thaus has a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree in engineering management from Northwestern University.

      Age: 60

Director since 2014

Prior Business and other Experience:

T-Systems North America, Inc., (1998-2003) a subsidiary of T-Systems International (Deutsche Telecom), most recently as Senior Vice President of Technology Services

   
    Current Public Company Boards:

None

      Former Public Company Boards:

None

      Waste Management, Inc. (1988-1998)    

Your board of directors unanimously recommends a vote "FOR" each of the above nominees for election by the holders of Series A Common Shares.

Director Emeritus

        James Barr III. James Barr III has been director emeritus since the 2018 Annual Meeting.

        Paul-Henri Denuit. Paul Henri-Denuit has been director emeritus since the 2017 Annual Meeting.

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CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

Board of Directors

        The business and affairs of U.S. Cellular are managed by or under the direction of the board of directors. The board of directors consists of eleven members. Holders of Common Shares elect 25% of the directors rounded up to the nearest whole number, or three directors based on a board size of eleven directors. TDS, as the sole holder of Series A Common Shares, elects the remaining eight directors.

Board Leadership Structure

        Under the leadership structure selected for U.S. Cellular, the same person does not serve as both the chairman and chief executive officer. LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr. serves as Chairman and, in that capacity, sets the agenda and presides over board of directors meetings, and assesses the performance of U.S. Cellular. Kenneth R. Meyers serves as President and Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for day-to-day leadership and performance and, in that capacity, regularly confers and consults with the Chairman with respect to important strategic, operating and financial activities and decisions.

        This leadership structure is set forth in the Bylaws. U.S. Cellular has determined that this leadership structure is appropriate given that it is controlled by TDS. As a result, it is considered appropriate that LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr. (who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of TDS), should serve as the Chairman and provide oversight authority. In addition, this leadership structure separates the executive who is primarily responsible for the performance of the company from the person who sets the agenda for and presides over board of directors meetings.

Board Role in Risk Oversight

        The U.S. Cellular board of directors is primarily responsible for oversight of the risk assessment and risk management process. Although the board of directors can delegate this responsibility to board committees, the U.S. Cellular board of directors has not done so. Instead the actual risk assessment and risk management is carried out by the President and Chief Executive Officer and other officers and then reported to the board of directors.

        As part of its oversight responsibilities, the board of directors reviews the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program which applies to TDS and all of its business units, including U.S. Cellular. This program was designed with the assistance of an outside consultant and was integrated into TDS' existing management and strategic planning processes, including such processes of U.S. Cellular. The ERM program provides a common enterprise-wide language and discipline around risk identification, quantification and mitigation.

        Although the U.S. Cellular board of directors has ultimate oversight authority over risk, certain committees have responsibilities relating to risk. Under NYSE listing standards, and as set forth in its charter, the Audit Committee is required to discuss policies with respect to risk assessment and risk management. Accordingly, the Audit Committee discusses U.S. Cellular's major financial and operational risk exposures and the steps management has taken to monitor and control such exposures in connection with its review of financial statements and related matters on a quarterly basis.

        In addition, as part of the ERM program, the Audit Committee discusses guidelines and policies to govern the process by which risk assessment and risk management are handled. The Audit Committee receives updates and discusses policies with respect to risk assessment and risk management on a regular basis. The Audit Committee is not solely responsible for ERM, but the committee discusses guidelines and policies to govern the process by which ERM is undertaken.

        In addition, the Long-Term Incentive Compensation Committee (LTICC), which has responsibilities relating to the equity compensation of the executive officers, and the Chairman of U.S. Cellular, who in effect functions as the compensation committee for non-equity compensation for the executive officers other than himself, consider risks relating to compensation of executive officers, as discussed in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis and Risks from Compensation Policies and Practices.

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        Furthermore, TDS has established a Technology Advisory Group (TAG) for TDS and its business units, including U.S. Cellular. The functions of the TAG include reviewing technology matters relating to security, threats, risks and internal controls, including safeguards, vulnerabilities, preparedness, disaster recovery plans, cybersecurity insurance and similar matters. Related to this, the U.S. Cellular board of directors established a TAG Committee of the board of directors that consists of directors who participate in the TAG.

        U.S. Cellular believes that its leadership structure also facilitates risk oversight because the role of the President and Chief Executive Officer, who has primary responsibility to assess and manage U.S. Cellular's exposure to risk, is separated from the role of the Chairman, who sets the agenda for and presides over board of directors' meetings at which the U.S. Cellular board exercises its oversight function with respect to risk.

Board Oversight of Cybersecurity

        U.S. Cellular believes oversight of cybersecurity risks is the responsibility of the full board of directors and the board of directors receives annual updates regarding U.S. Cellular's assessment of threats and mitigation plans. The Audit Committee also exercises oversight for the control-related cybersecurity risks and mitigation plans and receives updates semiannually. The Audit Committee oversees the Company's processes over internal controls and financial reporting that includes controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that significant cybersecurity incidents are communicated to management. Cybersecurity is also discussed at the Technology Advisory Group as warranted.

        J. Samuel Crowley, chairperson of the U.S. Cellular Audit Committee, completed the NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight program and earned the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight issued by Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. The program is designed to help directors enhance their cybersecurity literacy and strengthen the board's role in overseeing the organization's cyber preparedness.

Director Independence and New York Stock Exchange Listing Standards

        U.S. Cellular Common Shares are listed on the NYSE. Under NYSE listing standards, U.S. Cellular is a "controlled company" because over 50% of the voting power for the election of directors is held by TDS. Accordingly, U.S. Cellular is exempt from certain listing standards under the rules of the NYSE that require listed companies that are not controlled companies to (i) have a board composed of a majority of directors who qualify as independent, (ii) have a compensation committee composed entirely of directors who qualify as independent, and (iii) have a nominating/corporate governance committee composed entirely of directors who qualify as independent.

        As discussed below under "Audit Committee," the following members of the Audit Committee qualify as independent under the NYSE listing standards: J. Samuel Crowley (chairperson), Harry J. Harczak, Jr., Gregory P. Josefowicz and Cecelia D. Stewart. In addition, Ronald E. Daly would qualify as an independent director under the listing standards of the NYSE. As a result, five of the eleven directors, or 45% of the directors, have been determined to qualify or would qualify as independent under the listing standards.

Meetings of Board of Directors

        Our board of directors held five meetings during 2018. Each director attended at least 75% of the total number of meetings and at least 75% of the total number of committee meetings on which such person was a member of the committee.

Corporate Governance and Best Practices

        The following identifies a number of the good corporate governance and other best practices adopted and followed by U.S. Cellular, even though it may not be required to do so under law, SEC rules or NYSE listing requirements as a controlled company:

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Corporate Governance Guidelines

        Under NYSE listing standards, U.S. Cellular is required to adopt and disclose corporate governance guidelines that address certain specified matters. U.S. Cellular's guidelines address (i) board of directors structure, (ii) director qualification standards, (iii) director responsibilities, orientation and continuing education, (iv) director compensation, (v) board resources and access to management and independent advisors, (vi) annual performance evaluation of the board and committees, (vii) board committees, (viii) management succession and (ix) periodic review of the guidelines.

        These Guidelines provide that, once each year, the board of directors will discuss corporate governance, including the allocation of seats between independent and non-independent directors.

        A copy of such guidelines is available on U.S. Cellular's website, www.uscellular.com, under About Us—Investor Relations—Corporate Governance—Governance Guidelines.

        Board Self-Assessment.    Pursuant to these Guidelines, under the leadership of the Chairman, the board of directors performed a self-assessment and evaluated its performance and effectiveness as a board in 2018. This self-assessment covered matters relating to board meetings, board composition, committees, board oversight, and other matters.

Audit Committee

        The purpose and primary functions of the Audit Committee are to (a) assist the board of directors of U.S. Cellular in its oversight of (1) the integrity of U.S. Cellular's financial statements, (2) U.S. Cellular's compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, (3) the qualifications and independence of U.S.

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Cellular's registered public accounting firm, and (4) the performance of U.S. Cellular's internal audit function and registered public accounting firm; (b) prepare an audit committee report as required by the rules of the SEC to be included in U.S. Cellular's annual proxy statement; and (c) perform such other functions as set forth in the U.S. Cellular Audit Committee charter, which shall be deemed to include the duties and responsibilities set forth in Section 10A-3. A copy of U.S. Cellular's Audit Committee charter is available on U.S. Cellular's website, www.uscellular.com, under About Us—Investor Relations—Corporate Governance—Audit Committee-Audit Committee Charter.

        In addition, the Audit Committee has certain responsibilities relating to risk management as discussed above under "Board Role in Risk Oversight and "Board Oversight of Cybersecurity."

        As a controlled company, U.S. Cellular is required to have at least three directors who qualify as independent to serve on the Audit Committee. Such directors must qualify as independent under the NYSE Listed Company Manual, including Section 303A.02(a), Section 303A.02(b) along with Section 303A.06, which incorporates the independence requirements of Rule 10A-3 under Section 10A-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (collectively, "Section 10A-3"). The U.S. Cellular Audit Committee currently has four members: J. Samuel Crowley (chairperson), Harry J. Harczak, Jr., Gregory P. Josefowicz and Cecelia D. Stewart. The board has determined that all members are financially literate and have "accounting or related financial management expertise", in accordance with the listing standards of the NYSE.

        Pursuant to the requirements of the NYSE, the U.S. Cellular board of directors affirmatively determined that each member of the Audit Committee has no material relationship with U.S. Cellular, TDS or any other member of the TDS consolidated group ("TDS Consolidated Group"), either directly or as a partner, shareholder or officer of an organization that has a relationship with U.S. Cellular or the TDS Consolidated Group, and that each of such persons is independent pursuant to Section 303A.02(a), Section 303A.02(b) and Section 10A-3 considering all relevant facts and circumstances, including commercial, industrial, banking, consulting, legal, accounting, charitable and familial relationships.

        Such relevant facts and circumstances included the following: None of such persons is, or has been within the last three years, an employee or officer of U.S. Cellular or the TDS Consolidated Group. None of such persons has any direct or indirect business relationships and/or fee arrangements with the TDS Consolidated Group. None of such persons receives, or has received within the last three years, any compensation from the TDS Consolidated Group, except compensation for his services as a director and member of board committees of U.S. Cellular and except for post-retirement benefits and payments as permitted under NYSE listing standards. None of such persons has any other relationship or arrangement with the TDS Consolidated Group except in his or her capacity as a director and member of board committees of U.S. Cellular.

        Each of such persons qualifies as independent under NYSE listing standards and each of such persons qualifies as independent because (i) none of such persons receives any compensatory fee from any member of the TDS Consolidated Group (not including permitted compensation for his or her services as a director and member of board committees of U.S. Cellular or permitted post-retirement benefits and payments); and (ii) none of such persons is an "affiliated person" (as defined by the SEC) with respect to any member of the TDS Consolidated Group (because none of such persons is an executive officer, or the beneficial owner of more than 10% of any class of voting equity security, of any member of the TDS Consolidated Group). None of such persons is an "immediate family member" (pursuant to NYSE listing standards) of any person who is not independent. None of the relationships and/or fee arrangements which such persons have with the TDS Consolidated Group impair the independence of such persons for service on the Audit Committee.

        The board determined that Harry J. Harczak, Jr. is an "audit committee financial expert" as such term is defined by the SEC.

        In accordance with the SEC's safe harbor rule for "audit committee financial experts," no member designated as an audit committee financial expert shall (i) be deemed an "expert" for any other purpose or (ii) have any duty, obligation or liability that is greater than the duties, obligations and liability imposed on a member of the board or the audit committee not so designated. Additionally, the designation of a

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member or members as an "audit committee financial expert" shall in no way affect the duties, obligations or liability of any member of the audit committee, or the board, not so designated.

        The Audit Committee held eight meetings during 2018. Certain of these meetings were joint meetings with the TDS audit committee, which regularly meets with the U.S. Cellular Audit Committee.

Pre-Approval Procedures

        The Audit Committee has adopted a policy which provides all audit and non-audit services provided by U.S. Cellular's principal independent registered public accounting firm must be pre-approved by the Audit Committee and that none of those services can be prohibited by the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 or rules issued thereunder. Non-prohibited audit related services and certain tax and other services can be provided to U.S. Cellular, subject to such pre-approval process and prohibitions. The Audit Committee has delegated to the chairperson of the Audit Committee the authority to pre-approve specific services subject to specified dollar limits. All services are required to be reported to the full Audit Committee at each of its regularly scheduled meetings.

Review, Approval or Ratification of Transactions with Related Persons

        The Audit Committee charter provides that the Audit Committee has responsibilities for related-party transactions between officers, directors, and principal shareholders and the company. The term "related person" includes any director or executive officer of U.S. Cellular, any nominee for director, any beneficial owner of more than five percent of any class of U.S. Cellular's voting securities, and any immediate family member of such persons. In general, "related party transactions" would include transactions required to be disclosed in U.S. Cellular's 2019 Proxy Statement such as any financial transaction, arrangement, or relationship (including any indebtedness or guarantee of indebtedness) or a series of transactions, that has taken place since the beginning of U.S. Cellular's last fiscal year or any currently proposed transaction in which: (1) U.S. Cellular was or is to be a participant, (2) the amount involved exceeds $120,000 and (3) any "related person" had or will have a direct or indirect material interest in the transaction during any part of the fiscal year.

        Other than the NYSE requirement, U.S. Cellular has no related party policies and procedures relating to (i) the types of transactions that are covered by such policies and procedures; (ii) the standards to be applied pursuant to such policies and procedures; or (iii) the persons or groups of persons on the board of directors or otherwise who are responsible for applying such policies and procedures.

        See Executive and Director Compensation—Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation—Certain Relationships and Related Transactions for a discussion of any related party transactions since the beginning of the last fiscal year.

Compensation Committee

        Under NYSE listing standards, U.S. Cellular is a controlled company and not required to have an independent compensation committee. As a result, U.S. Cellular does not have a formal compensation committee and instead LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr. functions as the compensation committee for all matters not within the authority of the LTICC. Mr. Carlson does not operate with a charter. Kenneth R. Meyers, in consultation with Mr. Carlson, reviews and sets the cash compensation for Named Executive Officers (NEOs) other than himself. See "Compensation Discussion and Analysis" and "Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation" for further information.

        Long-term equity compensation for executive officers is approved by the LTICC.

Long-Term Incentive Compensation Committee

        Although it is not required to do so under NYSE listing standards, U.S. Cellular has a LTICC comprised solely of directors who qualify as independent. The members are Gregory P. Josefowicz (chairperson), J. Samuel Crowley, Ronald E. Daly, and Cecelia D. Stewart. None of such members receive any compensation from the TDS Consolidated Group except permitted compensation for services as a U.S. Cellular director and committee member. Additionally, none of such members are affiliated with

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the TDS Consolidated Group by reason of being an executive officer, or the beneficial owner of more than 10% of any class of voting equity security, of any member of the TDS Consolidated Group. See Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation for further information.

        The LTICC may delegate its power and authority to the Chairman or any U.S. Cellular executive officer except with respect to the long-term equity compensation of the persons identified as "Executive Officers". The LTICC has not delegated any authority with respect to the executive officers identified in this 2019 Proxy Statement.

        U.S. Cellular's Human Resources Department supports the U.S. Cellular Chairman and the LTICC in their functions. U.S. Cellular also utilizes the services of a compensation consultant. See Compensation Discussion and Analysis below for information about U.S. Cellular's compensation consultant.

        It is the view of the U.S. Cellular board of directors that director compensation should be the responsibility of the full board of directors. Therefore, director compensation is approved by the full board of directors rather than by a committee of the board of directors. U.S. Cellular does not have any stock ownership guidelines for directors.

        The LTICC held three meetings during 2018 and a copy of the LTICC charter is available on U.S. Cellular's website, www.uscellular.com, under Our Company—Investor Relations—Corporate Governance—Board of Directors—Long-Term Incentive Compensation Committee—Long-Term Incentive Compensation Committee Charter.

Pricing Committee

        U.S. Cellular has a Pricing Committee, consisting of LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr. as Chairman, and Kenneth R. Meyers as the other regular member. In addition, each of Steven T. Campbell, Walter C. D. Carlson and Peter L. Sereda are alternate members. The Pricing Committee does not have a charter. Pursuant to resolutions of the U.S. Cellular board of directors, the Pricing Committee is authorized to take certain action with respect to financing and capital transactions of U.S. Cellular, such as the issuance, redemption or repurchase of debt or the repurchase of shares of capital stock of U.S. Cellular.

Technology Advisory Group Committee

        In 2015, the board of directors established the TAG Committee of the board of directors, to consist of directors who will participate in the TAG. The TAG Committee does not have a charter and its members are LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr. (chairperson), Ronald E. Daly, Gregory P. Josefowicz and Cecelia D. Stewart. The members of the TAG Committee are also members of the TDS Technology Advisory Group, which consists of representatives of the U.S. Cellular and TDS Boards of Directors along with senior technology executives of the two companies. The TDS Technology Advisory Group does not have authority to take action with respect to any technology matter, but serves solely in an informational and advisory role. The U.S. Cellular TAG Committee will report to the board of directors with respect to U.S. Cellular technology matters.

        The purpose of the TDS Technology Advisory Group is to review, monitor and inform the board of directors on technology and related matters affecting TDS business units and its customers, along with its competitors and their customers.

        The TAG Committee held three meetings during 2018.

Director Nomination Process

        As a controlled company, U.S. Cellular is exempt from the requirement to have a corporate governance and nominating committee comprised solely of independent directors. U.S. Cellular does not have a corporate governance and nominating committee or charter. Instead, the entire board of directors participates in the consideration of director nominees.

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expertise that may be needed in the future. In connection with the nominations of directors for election, the board of directors considers the tenure, qualifications and expertise of all of the incumbent directors. The U.S. Cellular board of directors does not have any specific, minimum qualifications that it believes must be met by a nominee.

        The U.S. Cellular board of directors does not have a formal policy with regard to the consideration of director candidates recommended by shareholders. Because TDS has sole voting power in the election of directors elected by the holder of Series A Common Shares and a majority of the voting power in the election of directors elected by holders of Common Shares, nominations of directors for election by the holders of Series A Common Shares and Common Shares are generally based on the recommendation of TDS. With respect to candidates to be elected by the holders of Common Shares, the U.S. Cellular board may from time to time informally consider candidates recommended by shareholders who hold a significant number of Common Shares, in addition to the recommendation of TDS. Shareholders who desire to nominate directors must follow the procedures set forth in U.S. Cellular's Bylaws.

        Considering the importance of Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") licenses to U.S. Cellular, the U.S. Cellular Bylaws provide that a candidate will not be eligible for election or continued service as a director unless he or she is eligible to serve as a director of a company that controls licenses granted by the FCC, as determined by the board of directors with the advice of counsel. Another qualification requirement provides that a candidate will not be eligible for election or continued service as a director if he or she is or becomes affiliated with, employed by or a representative of, or has or acquires a material personal involvement with, or material financial interest in, a Business Competitor (as defined in the U.S. Cellular Bylaws), as determined by the board of directors. Another qualification requirement provides that a candidate will not be eligible for election or continued service as a director if, as determined by the board of directors with the advice of counsel, (i) such candidate's election as a director would violate federal, state or foreign law or applicable stock exchange requirements (other than those related to independence) or (ii) such candidate has been convicted, including a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, of any felony, or of any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude.

        The Bylaws provide that a person properly nominated by a shareholder for election as a director shall not be eligible for election as a director unless he or she signs and returns to the Secretary of U.S. Cellular, within fifteen days of a request therefor, written responses to any questions posed by the Secretary, that are intended to (i) determine whether such person may qualify as independent and would qualify to serve as a director under rules of the FCC, and (ii) obtain information that would be disclosed in a proxy statement with respect to such person as a nominee for election as a director and other material information about such person.

        The U.S. Cellular board of directors does not have a policy with regard to the consideration of diversity in identifying director nominees. However, as reflected in its Code of Business Conduct, U.S. Cellular values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race, color, sexual orientation, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, disability, military or veteran status or citizenship status. In addition, in considering whether to nominate individuals as director candidates, the board of directors takes into account all facts and circumstances, including diversity. For this purpose, diversity broadly means a variety of backgrounds, experience, skills, education, attributes, perspectives and other differentiating characteristics. U.S. Cellular believes that it is desirable for a board to have directors who can bring the benefit of diverse backgrounds, experience, skills and other characteristics to permit the board to have a variety of views and insights. Accordingly, the board of directors considers how director candidates can contribute to board diversity as one of the many factors it considers in identifying nominees for director.

        In general, in determining whether to nominate incumbent directors for re-election, the board of directors considers all facts and circumstances. Potential candidates are initially screened by the Chairman and by other persons whom the Chairman designates. Following this process, when appropriate, information about the candidate is presented to and discussed by the full board of directors.

        From time to time, U.S. Cellular may pay a fee to an executive search firm to identify and evaluate or assist in identifying and evaluating potential candidates for election as directors. U.S. Cellular did not pay a fee in 2018 to a search firm relating to potential candidates for election as directors.

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Shareholder Communication with Directors

        Shareholders or other interested parties may send communications to the U.S. Cellular board of directors, to the non-management directors, to the independent directors or to specified individual directors of U.S. Cellular at any time. Shareholders or other interested parties should direct their communication to such persons or group in care of the Secretary of U.S. Cellular, c/o Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., 30 N. LaSalle St., 40th Floor, Chicago IL 60602. Any shareholder or other communications related to proper board business that are addressed to the board of directors, the non-management directors, the independent directors or specified individual directors will be delivered by the Secretary to such persons or group.

        Information on communicating with directors is available on U.S. Cellular's website, www.uscellular.com, under About Us—Investor Relations—Corporate Governance—Contact the Board.

Non-Management Directors

        As required by the NYSE listing standards, the non-management directors of U.S. Cellular meet at regularly scheduled executive sessions without management. Walter C. D. Carlson, who is a non-management director, presides at all meetings of the non-management directors. In addition, the independent directors of U.S. Cellular meet at least once per year in an executive session without management or directors who are not independent.

U.S. Cellular Policy on Attendance of Directors at Annual Meeting of Shareholders

        All directors are invited and encouraged to attend each annual meeting of shareholders, which is normally followed by a meeting of the board of directors. In general, all directors attend each annual meeting of shareholders unless they are unable to do so because of unavoidable commitments or intervening events. All of the directors, except for one director, attended the 2018 annual meeting.

Code of Ethics for Directors

        As required by the NYSE, U.S. Cellular has adopted a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics for Officers and Directors. This code has been posted to U.S. Cellular's website, www.uscellular.com, under About Us—Investor Relations—Corporate Governance—Officer & Director Code of Conduct.

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EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

        Below are other executive officers. The list does not include LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., Kenneth R. Meyers, and Steven T. Campbell who are all executive officers and U.S. Cellular board members standing for reelection at the 2019 Annual Meeting. The age of the following persons is as of the date of this Proxy Statement.

Name
  Age   Position with U.S. Cellular

Jay M. Ellison

    66   Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Michael S. Irizarry

    57   Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer—Engineering and Information Services

Deirdre C. Drake

    53   Executive Vice President—Chief Human Resources Officer

        Jay M. Ellison.    Jay M. Ellison was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2017. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President-Operations since 2014 and prior to that Executive Vice President—Sales and Customer Service since 2013. Prior to that, he had been retired since 2010. Prior to his retirement, he had been Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Cellular from 2005 through 2009. He first joined U.S. Cellular in 2000 as Executive Vice President—Operations.

        Michael S. Irizarry.    Michael S. Irizarry was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer—Engineering and Information Services in 2011. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President—Engineering and Chief Technology Officer since 2003. He joined U.S. Cellular as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in 2002.

        Deirdre C. Drake.    Deirdre C. Drake was appointed Executive Vice President—Chief Human Resources Officer in May, 2018. Prior to that she was Senior Vice President—Chief Human Resources Officer since 2014. Prior to that, she was Managing Director and Chief Human Resources officer for Bank of Montreal Capital Markets between 2012 and 2014. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President, Human Resources, of BMO Harris Bank, N.A., for more than five years.

        All of the above officers identified in the table devote all of their employment time to the affairs of U.S. Cellular, except for LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr. who is employed by TDS but devotes a portion of his employment time to the affairs of U.S. Cellular.

Codes of Business Conduct and Ethics Applicable to Officers

        As required by the NYSE, U.S. Cellular has adopted a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics for Officers and Directors that also complies with the definition of a "code of ethics" as set by the SEC. In addition, U.S. Cellular has adopted a broad Code of Business Conduct that is applicable to all officers and employees of U.S. Cellular and its subsidiaries. U.S. Cellular intends to satisfy the disclosure requirement regarding any amendment to any of the foregoing codes by posting such information to U.S. Cellular's website. Any waivers of any of the foregoing codes for directors or executive officers will be approved by U.S. Cellular's board of directors or an authorized committee thereof, as applicable, and disclosed in a filing with the SEC. There were no such waivers in 2018.

        The Officer & Director Code of Conduct and the Code of Conduct can both be found on U.S. Cellular's website, www.uscellular.com, Investor Relations, Corporate Governance.

        U.S. Cellular intends to satisfy the disclosure requirement under Item 5.05 of Form 8-K regarding any amendment to any of the foregoing codes by posting such information to U.S. Cellular's website. Any waivers of any of the foregoing codes for directors or executive officers will be approved by U.S. Cellular's board of directors or an authorized committee thereof, as applicable, and disclosed in a Form 8-K that is filed with the SEC within four business days of such waiver. There were no such waivers in 2018.

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PROPOSAL 2
RATIFICATION OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM FOR 2019

What am I being asked to vote on in Proposal 2?

        In Proposal 2, we are requesting shareholders to ratify the selection of PwC as our independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019.

How does the board of directors recommend that I vote on this proposal?

        Your board of directors unanimously recommends a vote FOR the approval of the ratification of PwC.

        We anticipate continuing the services of PwC for the current fiscal year. Representatives of PwC are expected to make a statement at the Annual Meeting and respond to appropriate questions from shareholders.

Is this vote binding on the board of directors?

        This vote is an advisory vote only and, therefore, it will not bind U.S. Cellular or our board of directors or Audit Committee. We are not required to obtain shareholder ratification of the selection of PwC as our independent registered public accounting firm by our Bylaws or otherwise. However, we have elected to seek such ratification by the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the votes cast by shares entitled to vote with respect to such matter at the 2019 Annual Meeting.

        Under the Intercompany Agreement with TDS, U.S. Cellular has agreed to engage the firm of independent registered public accountants selected by TDS for purposes of auditing U.S. Cellular's financial statements, including the financial statements of our direct and indirect subsidiaries, and providing certain other services. TDS has engaged PwC for such purposes.

        Should the shareholders fail to ratify the selection of PwC, the Audit Committee will review whether to retain such firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019, subject to U.S. Cellular's obligations under the Intercompany Agreement.

        Your board of directors unanimously recommends a vote "FOR" the approval of Proposal 2.

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FEES PAID TO PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANTS

        The following sets forth the aggregate fees (including expenses) billed by U.S. Cellular's principal accountants, PwC, for 2018 and 2017:

 
2018 2017

Audit Fees(1)

$ 2,157,592 $ 2,470,824

Audit Related Fees(2)

295,373 327,087

Tax Fees(3)

All Other Fees(4)

Total Fees(5)

$ 2,452,965 $ 2,797,911

(1)
Represents the aggregate fees billed for professional services rendered for the audit of the financial statements included in U.S. Cellular's Annual Report on Form 10-K ("Form 10-K") and Forms 10-Q, including the attestation and report relating to internal control over financial reporting. Also includes fees for services that are normally incurred in connection with statutory and regulatory filings or engagements, such as comfort letters, statutory audits, subsidiary audits, attest services, consents, and review of documents filed with the SEC.

(2)
Represents the aggregate fees billed for assurance and related services that are reasonably related to the performance of the audit or review of U.S. Cellular's financial statements that are not reported under Audit Fees, if any. In 2018 and 2017, this amount represents fees billed for audits of subsidiaries.

(3)
Represents the aggregate fees billed for tax compliance, tax advice, and tax planning, if any.

(4)
Represents the aggregate fees billed for services other than services described in Note (1), (2), or (3), if any.

(5)
Amounts do not include fees billed directly to TDS. Although TDS bills U.S. Cellular an overall allocation of cost pursuant to the Intercompany Agreement, TDS does not specifically identify and allocate fees of PwC to U.S. Cellular.

        See "Corporate Governance—Audit Committee—Pre-Approval Procedures" above for a description of the Audit Committee's pre-approval policies and procedures with respect to U.S. Cellular's independent registered public accounting firm.

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AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

        The Audit Committee is composed of four board of director members who are "independent" as defined by the New York Stock Exchange. The Audit Committee has a written charter that has been approved by the board of directors, a copy of which is available on the website, www.uscellular.com, under About Us—Investor Relations—Corporate Governance—Audit Committee.

        Management is responsible for U.S. Cellular's internal controls and the financial reporting process. U.S. Cellular utilizes services from the TDS internal audit staff, which performs testing of internal controls and the financial reporting process. U.S. Cellular's independent registered public accounting firm is responsible for performing an independent audit of U.S. Cellular's consolidated financial statements in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (the "PCAOB") and to issue a report thereon. The Audit Committee's responsibility is to monitor and oversee these processes.

        In this context, the Audit Committee reviewed and discussed the audited financial statements, as of and for the year ended December 31, 2018, with management, the internal audit staff and representatives of PwC, U.S. Cellular's independent registered public accounting firm. Management represented to the Audit Committee that its consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. The discussions with PwC also included the matters required to be discussed by PCAOB Auditing Standard No. 1301, Communications with Audit Committees, relating to information regarding the scope and results of the audit. The Audit Committee also received from PwC written disclosures and a letter regarding its independence as required by applicable requirements of the PCAOB and this information was discussed with PwC. The Audit Committee also considered and concluded that the provision of non-audit services by PwC to U.S. Cellular during 2018 was compatible with their independence.

        Based on and in reliance upon these reviews and discussions, the Audit Committee recommended to the board of directors that the audited financial statements as of and for the year ended December 31, 2018 be included in U.S. Cellular's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018.

        In addition to the foregoing report required by SEC rules, the following represents supplemental information voluntarily disclosed by the Audit Committee:

        The Audit Committee holds quarterly regularly scheduled in person meetings along with quarterly teleconferences to review and approve the financial results for the immediately preceding period. The Audit Committee reviews U.S. Cellular's Forms 10-Q and 10-K prior to filing with the SEC. The Audit Committee's agenda for meetings is established by the Audit Committee's chairperson with input from other Committee members and the TDS Vice President—Internal Audit.

        At its regularly scheduled meetings in 2018, U.S. Cellular's policies and procedures with respect to risk assessment and risk management were reviewed. The overall adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. Cellular's legal, regulatory and ethical compliance programs, including U.S. Cellular's Code of Business Conduct were also reviewed. In addition, at each of its regularly scheduled meetings, the Audit Committee met privately with the senior managers of U.S. Cellular's financial management team, its General Counsel, TDS's Vice President—Internal Audit and representatives of PwC at which candid discussions regarding financial management, legal, accounting, auditing and internal control issues took place.

        The Audit Committee is updated periodically on management's process to assess the adequacy of U.S. Cellular's system of internal control over financial reporting, the framework used to make the assessment and management's conclusions on the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting. The Audit Committee also discussed with PwC U.S. Cellular's internal control assessment process and management's assessment as well as PwC's evaluation of U.S. Cellular's system of internal control over financial reporting.

        The Audit Committee evaluates the performance of PwC, including the senior audit engagement team, each year and determines whether to reengage PwC or consider other audit firms, subject to U.S. Cellular's obligations under the Intercompany Agreement with TDS. The Audit Committee considers the

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quality and efficiency of the services provided by the auditors, the auditors' capabilities and the auditors' technical expertise and knowledge of U.S. Cellular's operations and industry. Based on this evaluation, the Audit Committee decided to engage PwC as U.S. Cellular's independent registered public accountants for the year ending December 31, 2019. Although the Audit Committee has the sole authority to appoint the independent registered public accounting firm, U.S. Cellular anticipates that it will continue to request shareholders to ratify the selection of the independent registered public accounting firm at annual meetings of shareholders.

        In fulfilling its oversight responsibilities, the Audit Committee reviewed and discussed with management and PwC the audited financial statements of U.S. Cellular, including the quality, not just the acceptability, of the financial reporting, the reasonableness of significant accounting judgments and estimates, the clarity of disclosures in the financial statements, and the assessment of U.S. Cellular's internal controls over financial reporting. In performing all of these functions, the Audit Committee acts in an oversight capacity and relies on U.S. Cellular's management and PwC.

        By the members of the Audit Committee of the board of directors of U.S. Cellular:

J. Samuel Crowley
Chairperson
  Harry J. Harczak, Jr.   Gregory P. Josefowicz   Cecelia D. Stewart

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PROPOSAL 3
ADVISORY VOTE ON EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

What am I being asked to vote on in Proposal 3?

        We are providing shareholders with an opportunity to vote, on an advisory basis, on the compensation of our named executive officers as disclosed in this 2019 Proxy Statement pursuant to compensation disclosure rules set forth in Item 402 of Regulation S-K. This vote is required to be submitted to shareholders pursuant to SEC rules adopted under provisions in the Dodd-Frank Act. The advisory vote on executive compensation described in this proposal is commonly referred to as a "Say-on-Pay" vote.

        U.S. Cellular is required to request shareholders to vote, on an advisory basis, on the frequency of holding Say-on-Pay votes, commonly referred to as a "Say-on-Frequency" vote, at least once every six years. U.S. Cellular held a Say-on-Frequency vote at the 2017 Annual Meeting and the shareholders voted by a substantial majority to hold a Say-on-Pay vote every year. Based on the Say-on-Frequency votes in 2017, the U.S. Cellular board of directors adopted a policy to hold the Say-on-Pay vote every year. Accordingly, U.S. Cellular is holding a Say-on-Pay vote every year unless and until this policy is changed and it will submit the next Say-on-Frequency proposal to shareholders at the 2023 Annual Meeting.

        This proposal gives our shareholders the opportunity to express their views on the overall compensation of our NEOs and the compensation philosophy, policies and practices.

How does the board of directors recommend that I vote on this proposal?

        Your board of directors unanimously recommends a vote FOR approval of the Say-on-Pay proposal.

        U.S. Cellular believes that its executive compensation program is reasonable, competitive and strongly focused on pay for performance. U.S. Cellular's compensation objectives for executive officers are to support the overall business strategy and objectives, attract and retain high-quality management, link compensation to both individual and company performance, and provide compensation that is both competitive and consistent with our financial performance.

        Consistent with these goals, the Chairman and the LTICC have developed and approved an executive compensation philosophy to provide a framework for U.S. Cellular's executive compensation program featuring the policies and practices described in the Compensation Discussion and Analysis.

Is this vote binding on the board of directors?

        The Say-on-Pay vote is an advisory vote only and, therefore, will not bind U.S. Cellular, our board of directors, the Chairman or the LTICC. However, the board of directors, the Chairman and the LTICC will consider the voting results as appropriate when making future decisions regarding executive compensation.

        The results of the Say-on-Pay vote will be disclosed on a Form 8-K.

        Your board of directors unanimously recommends a vote "FOR" the approval of Proposal 3.

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EXECUTIVE AND DIRECTOR COMPENSATION

        The following discussion and analysis of our compensation practices and related compensation information should be read in conjunction with the Summary Compensation Table and other tables included below, as well as our financial statements and management's discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations included in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018.


Compensation Discussion and Analysis

        The Compensation Discussion and Analysis ("CD&A") describes the Company's executive compensation program and explains compensation decisions for the following Named Executive Officers (the NEOs) in 2018:

Named Executive Officer
  Position with the Company During 2018

Kenneth R. Meyers

  Director, President and Chief Executive Officer

Steven T. Campbell

  Director, Executive Vice President—Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Jay M. Ellison

  Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Michael S. Irizarry

  Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer—Engineering and Information Services

Deirdre C. Drake

  Executive Vice President—Chief Human Resources Officer

        The NEOs consist of the Company's principal executive officer, principal financial officer, and the three most highly compensated executive officers other than the foregoing who served as executive officers at the end of 2018.

        LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., Chairman of U.S. Cellular, receives no compensation directly from U.S. Cellular and is compensated by TDS in connection with his services for TDS and TDS subsidiaries, including U.S. Cellular. A portion of the compensation expense incurred by TDS for Mr. Carlson was allocated to U.S. Cellular by TDS, along with the allocation of other compensation expense and other expenses of TDS. See the discussion below under "Inter-company Agreement." There is no identification or quantification of the compensation of Mr. Carlson to U.S. Cellular, or of any other allocated expense in this allocation of cost. The allocation of cost is recorded as a single expense by U.S. Cellular. Accordingly, Mr. Carlson is not considered an NEO of U.S. Cellular and the compensation expense incurred by TDS with respect to Mr. Carlson is included in TDS' proxy statement related to its 2019 annual meeting.

        Although U.S. Cellular does not have an independent compensation committee for all executive compensation, long-term equity compensation of executive officers is approved by the fully independent Long-Term Incentive Compensation Committee (LTICC), as discussed below.

        The non-equity compensation of the President and CEO of U.S. Cellular is approved by the Chairman, LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., functioning as the compensation committee. The Chairman evaluates the performance of the President and CEO in light of the annual and ongoing objectives for U.S. Cellular and attainment of those objectives, and sets the annual base salary and bonus compensation levels for the President and CEO, and recommends long-term equity compensation to the LTICC for the President and CEO, based on such performance evaluation and compensation principles, as discussed below.

        With respect to the NEOs identified in the Summary Compensation Table other than the President and CEO, the Chairman reviews the President and CEO's evaluation of the performance of such NEOs and in consultation with the President and CEO sets the annual base salary and bonus compensation levels for such NEOs, and recommends long-term equity compensation to the LTICC, based on such performance evaluations and compensation principles as discussed below.

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Elements of Compensation

Annual Cash
Compensation
Equity
Compensation
Other Benefits Available to
Named Executives
Other Generally Applicable
Benefits and Plans

Salary

Restricted Stock Units

Deferred Compensation

Tax-Deferred Savings Plan

Bonus

Performance Share Units

Stock Options

Supplemental Executive
Retirement Plan ("SERP")

Welfare Benefits

Pension Plan

   

Perquisites

 

        We use our compensation programs to attract, motivate and retain the executives who lead our Company. Our compensation programs and practices are designed to pay for performance and to align management's interests with those of the Company's shareholders. We believe that our compensation programs help drive Company performance by providing a significant amount of compensation in the form of equity, by utilizing both short-term and long-term incentives that are tied to Company performance, and by making efforts to balance fixed (base salary) and variable (annual cash bonus and equity incentives) compensation. In 2018, the executive compensation programs were guided by the following principles:

Executive Compensation Process

        The process of approving or recommending the elements of compensation begins with an evaluation of the appropriate compensation elements for each NEO, based on the particular duties and responsibilities of the NEO, as well as compensation elements for comparable positions at other companies.

        The Chairman and LTICC also have access to numerous performance measures and financial statistics prepared by U.S. Cellular. The financial information includes the audited financial statements of U.S. Cellular, as well as internal financial reports such as budgets and actual results, operating statistics and other analyses. The Chairman and LTICC also may consider such other factors that they deem appropriate in making their compensation recommendations or decisions. Ultimately, it is the informed judgment of the Chairman and/or the LTICC, after considering all of the foregoing factors, and considering the recommendation of the President and CEO and/or Chairman, that determines the elements of compensation for NEOs.

        Annually, the President and CEO recommends the base salaries for the NEOs other than the President and CEO, and the Chairman reviews and approves such base salaries and determines the base salary of the President and CEO. The 2018 rows under column (c), "Salary," in the Summary Compensation Table include the dollar value of base salary earned by the NEOs during 2018, whether or not paid in such year.

        In addition, the President and CEO recommends the annual bonuses for the NEOs other than the President and CEO, and the Chairman reviews and approves such bonuses and determines the bonus of the President and CEO. The 2018 rows under column (d), "Bonus" or column (g), "Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation," in the Summary Compensation Table include the dollar value of bonus earned (cash or non-cash) by the NEOs during 2018, whether or not paid in such year.

        The LTICC annually determines long-term equity compensation awards to the NEOs under the U.S. Cellular LTIP, which awards generally have included stock options, performance share units and/or restricted stock units. In addition, NEOs may receive bonus match units as discussed below.

        The NEOs received an award of restricted stock units in 2018 based in part on the achievement of certain levels of individual performance in 2017 as discussed below. The NEOs may also receive bonus match units, as discussed below. Column (e), "Stock Awards," of the Summary Compensation Table includes the aggregate grant date fair value of the restricted stock unit awards, and bonus match unit awards computed in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") 718, Compensation—Stock Compensation ("FASB ASC 718"). The grant date fair value of restricted stock units or bonus match units is calculated as the product of the number of shares underlying the award and the closing price of the underlying shares on the date of grant.

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        The NEOs also received an award of performance share units in 2018 based in part on the achievement of certain levels of individual performance in 2017 as discussed below. Column (e), "Stock Awards," of the Summary Compensation Table includes the aggregate grant date fair value of the performance share units computed in accordance with FASB ASC 718. The NEOs also received an adjustment of 128.4% to their performance share units granted in 2017. This adjustment was based on performance against the metrics set for the program and certified by the LTICC.

        Grants of equity awards to the President and CEO and the other executive officers are generally made at the same time each year. U.S. Cellular generally grants equity awards other than bonus match units on the first business day in April each year. U.S. Cellular grants bonus match units on the date that annual bonus amounts are paid each year. U.S. Cellular also may grant equity awards during other times of the year as it deems appropriate, such as in connection with a new hire, promotion or retention.

        The Chairman and the LTICC do not consider an officer's outstanding equity awards or stock ownership levels when determining such officer's compensation. The Chairman and LTICC evaluate compensation based on performance for a particular year and other considerations as described herein and do not consider stock ownership to be relevant.

        We believe that equity-based compensation aligns executives' interests with shareholders, drives performance and facilitates retention of superior talent.    In 2018, the LTICC approved the following equity-based compensation:

        Incentive Compensation links compensation with goal attainment.    The Chairman and the President and CEO continue to believe that linking compensation to certain performance metrics results in a performance driven culture. The majority of compensation awarded to NEOs is dependent upon Company performance. In 2018, the Chairman and the President and CEO set performance goals they believed to be challenging in connection with the annual bonus awards awarded to NEOs other than the President and CEO.

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        President and CEO Incentive Compensation:    The Chairman, in his sole discretion, determines whether an annual bonus will be payable to the President and CEO for a performance year and, if so, the amount of such bonus. Factors that may be considered by the Chairman in making such determination include the following:

        No single factor shall be determinative and no factor shall be applied mechanically to calculate any portion of the President and CEO's bonus. The entire amount of the bonus is discretionary.

        Fixed compensation (base salary) represents the smallest portion of total target compensation.    The Company makes efforts to appropriately balance fixed (base salary) and variable (annual cash bonus and equity incentives) compensation to each NEO.

        The following chart summarizes total target compensation established for each NEO in 2018:

Summary of 2018 NEO Target Compensation

Named Executive Officer
2018 Annual
Base Salary(1)
2018
Annual
Incentive
Target Value
2018
Long-Term
Incentive
Award
Target Value(2)
2018 Total
Target
Compensation

Kenneth R. Meyers

$ 1,051,000 $ 840,800 $ 6,303,426 $ 8,195,226

Steven T. Campbell

$ 655,000 $ 393,000 $ 1,375,500 $ 2,423,500

Jay M. Ellison

$ 600,000 $ 450,000 $ 1,440,000 $ 2,490,000

Michael S. Irizarry

$ 674,000 $ 370,700 $ 1,415,400 $ 2,460,100

Deirdre C. Drake

$ 460,000 $ 253,000 $ 966,000 $ 1,679,000

(1)
The amounts listed in the column reflect annual base salary effective March 1, 2018 for all NEOs except for Mr. Meyers, whose base salary was adjusted on January 1, 2018 and for Ms. Drake whose base salary was adjusted on March 1, 2018 to $442,000 and then adjusted again on May 22, 2018 to $460,000 in connection with her promotion to Executive Vice President—Chief Human Resources Officer.

(2)
Expressed as the aggregate grant date value of RSUs and PSUs at target.

        The Chairman, and the President and CEO along with the LTICC believe that this approach to our compensation program, along with our market positions and structural competitive advantages, has allowed our Company to continue to be successful in an extremely competitive environment.

Executive Compensation Programs Support U.S. Cellular Goals and Objectives

        U.S. Cellular is committed to providing the very best in customer satisfaction, achieving long-term profitable growth, and building the high-quality teams required to make this possible. As such, we focus on operating in a fiscally responsible manner, and on recruiting and retaining talented employees who believe in the Company's values and long-term perspective.

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        The objectives of U.S. Cellular's compensation programs for its executive officers generally are to:

        The primary financial focus of U.S. Cellular is the increase of long-term shareholder value through growth, measured in such terms as revenues, adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, capital expenditures, customer engagement, simple free cash flow and voluntary postpaid handset defections. Compensation decisions are made considering these performance measures, as well as all other appropriate facts and circumstances, including factors such as customer growth and employee engagement.

        U.S. Cellular's compensation policies for executive officers are intended to provide incentives for the achievement of corporate and individual performance goals and to provide compensation consistent with the performance of U.S. Cellular, utilizing good governance practices and other best practices. U.S. Cellular's compensation programs are designed to reward for the performance of U.S. Cellular on both a short-term and long-term basis.

        U.S. Cellular's policies establish incentive compensation performance goals for NEOs based on factors over which such officers are believed to have substantial control and which are believed to be important to U.S. Cellular's long-term success. Management believes compensation should be related to the performance of U.S. Cellular and should be sufficient to enable U.S. Cellular to attract and retain individuals possessing the talents required for long-term successful performance. Nevertheless, although performance driven metrics are key inputs to compensation and awards, technically all elements of compensation are discretionary, allowing the Chairman and LTICC to consider other facts to ensure alignment with U.S. Cellular's goals. Officers do not become entitled to any compensation or awards solely as a result of the achievement of performance levels.

        The Company's philosophy behind its 2018 compensation program was that the program:

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Maintaining Best Practices Regarding Executive Compensation

        The Chairman, the President and CEO and the LTICC maintain policies and procedures for establishing compensation for the Company's executives, including the NEOs, and consider many of these to represent best practices in corporate governance.

What We Do    

Pay for Performance: A significant portion of NEO total target compensation is tied to Company performance.

 

Clawback Policy: The Company may seek to adjust or recover awards or payments if performance measures are restated or otherwise adjusted under certain circumstances.

Maximum Payouts on Incentives: Annual cash incentive awards and PSUs are capped at 200%.

 

Limited Perquisites: We provide few perquisites ("perks") to our Officers.

Independent Compensation Consultant: Willis Towers Watson advises the Company on executive compensation matters.

 

Independent Long-Term Incentive Compensation Committee: Comprised solely of independent directors who review and approve the long-term equity-based compensation of executive officers. Other executive compensation is approved by U.S. Cellular's Chairman, who is also a director and President and Chief Executive Officer of TDS, the majority shareholder of U.S. Cellular.

 

What We Don't Do    

No Hedging or Pledging: Directors, NEOs and other officers are prohibited from hedging, pledging or otherwise encumbering shares of the Company's common stock, including holding shares in a margin account.

 

No Tax Gross-Ups: NEOs and other executive officers are not entitled to tax gross-ups except in limited circumstances.

Repricing of Stock Options: Repricing of stock options without stockholder approval is prohibited (except in the event of certain corporate events).

 

 

Results of the 2018 Say-on-Pay Vote

        In 2018, we sought an advisory vote from our stockholders on NEO compensation (commonly referred to as "Say-on-Pay"). The Chairman, the President and CEO and the LTICC considered the fact that shareholders overwhelmingly voted at the 2018 annual meeting FOR the Say-on-Pay proposal with respect to 2017 NEO compensation. Even with this strong endorsement of the Company's pay practices, the Chairman and President and CEO along with the LTICC believe that it is essential to regularly review the executive compensation program. In 2018, the Chairman and the President and CEO along with the LTICC concluded that the compensation program provides awards that they believe motivate our NEOs to maximize long-term shareholder value and encourage long-term retention. The Chairman, the President and CEO and the LTICC intend to consider the results of the annual Say-on-Pay votes in their future compensation policies and decisions.

Changes to Compensation Policies

        There were no changes made to the executive compensation programs in 2018.

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Maintaining a Competitive Compensation Program—Benchmarking Compensation Data

        U.S. Cellular does not engage in "benchmarking" as defined by the SEC, which would entail using compensation data about other companies as a reference point—either wholly or in part—to base, justify or provide a framework for a compensation decision. Although U.S. Cellular does obtain, review and consider third-party surveys of market compensation data from Willis Towers Watson, the surveys are used more generally as described below.

        For the NEOs other than the President and CEO, in 2018, Willis Towers Watson completed a job specific market analysis with respect to base salary, target annual incentive opportunities and target total cash compensation. Executive officer positions were compared and matched to survey positions based on current role responsibilities. The source of market data was a Willis Towers Watson database of approximately 500 companies.

        When setting long-term incentive awards, the LTICC considers market compensation data provided by Willis Towers Watson as follows:

  Avis Budget Group, Inc.   Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.   Hershey Co.    
  Columbia Sportswear Co.   Frontier Communications Corp.   J. C. Penney Co.    
  Crown Castle International Corp.   Hanes Brands, Inc.   Marriott International, Inc.    
  Darden Restaurants, Inc.   Harley Davidson, Inc.   Wyndham Worldwide Corp.    

 

Note: This group was selected by the LTICC with the assistance of Willis Towers Watson.

        The Chairman, President and CEO and LTICC compared the base salaries, target annual cash incentives, target total long-term incentives and total target compensation of each of the Company's NEOs, other than the President and CEO, to the compensation data provided by Willis Towers Watson. The comparison was made to help determine whether the Company's compensation practices fell in line with competitive market data.

        U.S. Cellular believes that compensation decisions are complex and require a deliberate review of Company performance, peer compensation levels, experience of individual executives, and individual performance. In determining executive compensation, the Chairman, President and CEO and LTICC consider all forms of compensation to review the value delivered by each component of compensation to each executive. Accordingly, the Chairman, President and CEO and LTICC may determine that with respect to any individual it is appropriate for total target compensation or any particular element of compensation to meet, exceed or fall below the 50th percentile of the market data. The factors that might influence the amount of compensation awarded include market competition for a particular position, retention considerations, an individual's performance, possession of a unique skill or knowledge set,

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proven leadership capabilities or other business experience, tenure with the Company, internal pay equity and other relevant considerations.

Types and Amounts of NEO Compensation Awarded in 2018

Summary of Executive Compensation Elements

        The Company provided both fixed (base salary) and variable (annual cash bonus and equity incentives) compensation to the NEOs in 2018. The majority of compensation is at risk to each NEO because the compensation that is actually paid may vary from the target compensation that was established by the Chairman, the President and CEO and/or the LTICC. In the case of annual cash incentives and PSUs, the payment is dependent in significant part upon Company performance and in the case of equity incentives, the value also is dependent on future share prices. The amount of total target compensation at risk was significantly more than the amount of base salary for each NEO. Also, the majority of total target compensation awarded in 2018 to each NEO was in the form of equity. Excluding the amounts listed in columns (h) and (i) of the Summary Compensation Table, the following charts show each element of 2018 target NEO compensation, including the mix of short-term and long-term incentives, as well as the amount of pay-at-risk for the CEO and for the other NEOs (on average).

        The following chart summarizes the material elements of the Company's 2018 executive compensation programs for NEOs. Percentages below are rounded. Further details regarding each of the elements are provided in the discussion that follows the chart.

CEO   All Other NEOs


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Executive Compensation Program

 
  Element   Key
Characteristics
  Why We Pay This
Element
  How We Determine
Amount
  2018 Decisions
Fixed   Base Salary   Fixed Cash Compensation   To attract, retain and motivate superior talent   Based on individual performance, proven leadership capabilities, other business experience, possession of a unique skill or knowledge set, internal pay equity, tenure or retention and other factors   Annual base salary increases ranged from 3.9% - 5.5%. Ms. Drake received an additional 4.1% promotional increase in May, 2018

Pay-At-Risk

 

Annual Cash Incentive Awards (Bonus)

 

Variable cash compensation
  

Percentage of base salary based on the achievement of annual company performance goals, individual performance and the Chairman's assessment of strategic initiatives


 

To align overall Company performance directly with cash compensation

 

The target percentage of base salary is determined based on job scope, market data and internal pay equity and other factors
  

Actual payouts based on achievement can range from 0% to 200%


 

Company performance goals resulted in a 144.3% payout
  

The Chairman's Assessment resulted in a 159.0% payout
  

Individual Performance was paid based on incumbent performance


 

 

Performance Share Unit Awards (PSUs)

 

Equity Compensation
  

Number of shares paid based on original target adjusted by company achievement during the one-year performance period and released at the end of the three year cliff vesting period (assuming continued employment)
  

Value of PSUs is variable based on performance and the long-term stock price performance






 

To encourage retention and focus management on long-term stock price performance
  

To align management's interest with shareholders' interests
  

To support our business strategy






 

Based on job scope, market data and individual performance
  

Actual payouts based on company achievement of the one-year performance goals and can range from 50% to 200%




 

One half of the value of the total equity award was granted in the form of PSUs
  

Based on Consolidated Total Operating Revenues (40%), Simple Free Cash Flow (40%) and Postpaid Handset Voluntary Defections (20%) for the period January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018


 

 

Restricted Stock Unit Awards (RSUs)

 

Equity Compensation
  

Time-vested at the end of three year cliff vesting periods (assuming continued employment)
  

Value of RSUs is variable based on long-term stock price performance


 

To encourage retention and focus management on long-term stock price performance
  

To align management's interests with shareholders' interests
  

To support our business strategy


 

Based on job scope, market data and individual performance

 

One-half of the value of the total equity award was granted in the form of RSUs

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Compensation Provided to NEOs in 2018

Base Salary

        Annually, the Chairman determines the President and CEO's base salary. With respect to the other NEOs, the President and CEO recommends and the Chairman approves annually each such NEO's base salary. In setting 2018 base salary levels, the Chairman and/or President and CEO considered market data, company performance and the individual performance of each NEO. In 2018, each of the NEOs received an annual base salary increase ranging from 3.9% - 5.5%. In addition, Ms. Drake received a promotional increase to her base salary in May, as described below.

        Base salary is determined based on an evaluation of the performance of U.S. Cellular and each NEO and such other facts and circumstances as the Chairman and/or the President and CEO may deem relevant. Some facts and circumstances that are considered in approving base salaries of the NEOs are as follows: U.S. Cellular's status as a public and controlled company, and the fact that U.S. Cellular is primarily a regional competitor and that some of its competitors are national or global telecommunications companies that are much larger than U.S. Cellular, possess greater resources, possess more extensive coverage areas and more spectrum within some coverage areas, and market other services with their communications services that U.S. Cellular does not offer. The base salary of each NEO is set at a level considered to be appropriate in the subjective judgement of the Chairman and/or the President and CEO based on assessment of the responsibilities and performance of such NEO, taking into account the facts and circumstances discussed above. No specific performance measures are determinative in the base salary compensation decisions for NEOs. Ultimately, it is the informed judgement of the Chairman based on the recommendation of the President and CEO that determines the other NEOs' base salaries based on the total mix of information rather than on any specific measures of performance.


NEO Base Salary

Named Executive Officer
2018 2017 % Increase

Kenneth R. Meyers(1)

$ 1,051,000 $ 996,000 5.5 %

Steven T. Campbell(2)

$ 655,000 $ 630,000 4.0 %

Jay M. Ellison(2)

$ 600,000 $ 570,000 5.3 %

Michael S. Irizarry(2)

$ 674,000 $ 649,000 3.9 %

Deirdre C. Drake(3)

$ 460,000 $ 422,000 8.9 %

(1)
Mr. Meyers' salary increase was effective on January 1, 2018.

(2)
The base pay adjustments for Messrs. Campbell, Ellison and Irizarry were effective on March 1, 2018.

(3)
Ms. Drake received her annual salary increase on March 1, 2018. Her merit adjustment was 4.8%, which adjusted her base salary to $442,000. She was then promoted on May 22, 2018 and her base salary was increased by an additional 4.1% to $460,000.

Annual Bonus

        The Chairman and the President and CEO believe that annual bonus awards reinforce a pay-for-performance culture because the payment is based on the Company's financial results along with the Chairman's assessment of strategic initiatives and individual performance. Annually, the Chairman and/or the President and CEO set the percentage of base salary used to determine each NEOs target bonus, as well as performance goals for the Company.

        In 2018, in connection with her promotion, there was an increase from 50% to 55% of base salary used to determine Ms. Drake's target annual bonus. There were no adjustments to the target bonuses for the other NEOs. The Chairman and the President and CEO believe that the target bonuses were

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competitive compared to the market data. The target percentage of base salary for each NEO's bonus in 2018 was:

NEO Bonus Targets

Named Executive Officer
Percentage of Base Salary

Kenneth R. Meyers

80 %

Steven T. Campbell

60 %

Jay M. Ellison

75 %

Michael S. Irizarry

55 %

Deirdre C. Drake

55 %

        For the NEOs other than the President and CEO, the Chairman and the President and CEO set minimum, target and maximum annual company performance goals used to determine 60% of each NEO's 2018 annual bonus award. The goals were based on the following metrics: Consolidated Total Revenues (35% weighting), Consolidated Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (30% weighting), Consolidated Capital Expenditures (20% weighting), and Customer Engagement (15% weighting). The Chairman's Assessment on Strategic Initiatives (10% weighting) and Individual Performance (30% weighting) measures were used to calculate 40% of the final award. The Chairman and the President and CEO believe that these metrics focus executives on maximizing profitability and the customer experience. Under the annual incentive program, the actual annual incentive payouts based on the achievement of performance goals established for the year can range from 0% to 200%.

        The performance goals, at the minimum, target and maximum payout levels, were intended to be challenging and required superior performance above target.

        A copy of the annual bonus plan for NEOs was filed with the SEC on a Form 8-K dated February 19, 2018 (the "2018 Executive Officer Annual Incentive Plan"). The President and CEO did not participate in the 2018 Executive Officer Annual Incentive Plan. U.S. Cellular has separate guidelines for awarding bonuses to the President and CEO, as described below.

        The following performance measures were considered for the purposes of the 2018 Executive Officer Annual Incentive Plan.

Company Performance
Component
Weighting
Overall Plan
Weighting
Maximum
Percentage of
Target

Consolidated Total Revenues

35 % 21 % 225 %

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA

30 % 18 % 225 %

Consolidated Capital Expenditures

20 % 12 % 225 %

Customer Engagement

15 % 9 % 225 %

Company Performance

100 % 60 % 225 %

Chairman Assessment on Strategic Initiatives

  10 % 200 %

Individual Performance

  30 % 150 %

Total Overall Plan Weighting and Maximum Target Opportunity

  100 % 200 %

        The Chairman and the President and CEO determined the actual payout that each NEO received under the 2018 Executive Officer Annual Incentive Plan.

        The Chairman determined the bonus to the President and CEO for 2018 performance that was paid in 2019 as follows

        U.S. Cellular established guidelines and procedures for awarding bonuses to the President and CEO. These guidelines and procedures were filed by U.S. Cellular as Exhibit 10.2 to U.S. Cellular's Form 8-K dated August 19, 2014. These guidelines and procedures provide that the Chairman in his sole discretion determines whether an annual bonus will be payable to the President and CEO for a performance year and, if so, the amount of such bonus, and describe factors that may be considered by

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the Chairman in making such determination, including factors that the Chairman in the exercise of his judgment and discretion determines relevant. The guidelines and procedures provide that no single factor will be determinative and no factor will be applied mechanically to calculate any portion of the bonus of the President and CEO. The entire amount of the bonus is discretionary.

        Mr. Meyers' informal target bonus was 80% of his base salary of $1,051,000. The Chairman approved a bonus to Mr. Meyers of $1,280,400 with respect to 2018 performance that was paid in March, 2019. This was approximately 152% of the informal target bonus amount reflecting U.S. Cellular's overall company performance of 144.3% and the Chairman's subjective views regarding Mr. Meyers' contributions to such performance and achievements in 2018.

Company Performance

        The degrees to which company performance measures and objectives were achieved in 2018 are discussed below separately for those that are stated in quantitative terms and for those that are stated in non-quantitative terms.

        For purposes of evaluating and determining compensation levels each year, U.S. Cellular calculates an overall percentage of performance based on measures set forth in its 2018 Executive Officer Annual Incentive Plan.

        The below table shows the calculation of the overall quantitative company performance percentage for 2018 based on the 2018 Executive Officer Annual Incentive Plan. The below amounts are based on the performance metrics established specifically for bonus purposes and may not agree with U.S. Cellular's financial statements, which are based on accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"), or with other publicly disclosed measures. As compared to GAAP, the below bonus results and targets may be adjusted for amounts relating to items such as acquisitions and divestitures and other non-operating or non-core items (the "Bonus Metric Amounts"). The below bonus results and targets are intended to reflect the core operating results over which U.S. Cellular officers have significant influence.

(a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) (g) (h) (i)
Performance Measures
Final
Bonus
Results
for 2018
Final Target
for 2018
Bonus
Results as
a % of
Target
Minimum
Threshold
Performance
(as a % of
Target)
Maximum
Performance
(as a % of
Target)
Interpolated
% of Target
Bonus Earned
(if within
Minimum and
Maximum
Range)
Weight Weighted
Avg % of
Target Bonus

Formula

    (b) / (c)         (g) × (h)

Consolidated Total Revenues(1)

$ 3,967 M $ 3,939 M 100.7 % 90.0 % 110.0 % 108.8 % 35 % 38.1 %

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA(2)

$ 861 M $ 734 M 117.3 % 80.0 % 120.0 % 208.1 % 30 % 62.4 %

Consolidated Capital Expenditures(3)

$ 515 M $ 561 M 91.8 % 110.0 % 80.0 % 151.3 % 20 % 30.3 %

Customer Engagement(4)

4.16 4.19 99.3 % 95.0 % 110.0 % 90.0 % 15 % 13.5 %

Overall Company Performance

            100 % 144.3 %

(1)
This represents total operating revenues determined on a consolidated company-wide basis and in a manner consistent with U.S. Cellular's presentation of total operating revenues for external reporting purposes.

(2)
Consolidated Adjusted Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization will not align with the externally reported metric due to an adjustment for U.S. Cellular's equity in earnings of unconsolidated entities, and further adjusted to remove the effects of expenses associated with the annual bonus and performance share unit plans.

(3)
This represents capital expenditures determined on a consolidated company-wide basis and in a manner consistent to U.S. Cellular's presentation of capital expenditures for external reporting purposes, as this may be adjusted for spending efficiency/productivity and for the Bonus Metric Amounts. A lower number is better.

(4)
This represents the performance against the target as measured by the Loyalty Index Score from the annual Customer Engagement Total Experience Survey.

        If a metric does not meet the minimum threshold performance level, generally no bonus will be paid with respect to such metric. If maximum performance or greater is achieved, 225% of the target opportunity for that metric will be funded, for which the maximum aggregate bonus opportunity is 225% of target. As shown above, the minimum threshold was achieved with respect to all of the targets for 2018, but performance was less than maximum performance for all of the targets. As a result, the payout

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level was interpolated for such target as indicated above based on the formula included in the 2018 Executive Officer Annual Incentive Plan.

        As shown above, the quantitative company performance percentage for U.S. Cellular for 2018 was determined to be 144.3%.

        The assessment of strategic initiatives as determined in the subjective judgment of the Chairman was 159.0%. In arriving at this percentage, the Chairman considered the following accomplishments of U.S. Cellular during 2018:

Performance Objectives and Accomplishments

        In addition to U.S. Cellular performance, the Chairman, the President and CEO and members of the LTICC consider individual objectives and performance in determining executive compensation. The individual objectives considered by such persons in their evaluation of each of the NEOs other than the President and CEO are almost entirely team objectives of the management group. There was no minimum level of achievement of any of those objectives before salary or other compensation could be increased or provided. The assessment of the achievement of such objectives is not formulaic, objective or quantifiable. Instead, individual performance considerations are factors, among others, that are generally taken into account in the course of making subjective judgments in connection with compensation decisions.

U.S. Cellular Corporate Objectives and Accomplishments

        The following summarizes the U.S. Cellular team objectives and accomplishments in 2018. U.S. Cellular's results produced a payout of 144.3% of target for the company performance portion of the 2018 Executive Officer Annual Incentive Plan. U.S. Cellular took actions in furtherance of the following objectives:

        Mr. Meyers was the principal executive officer of U.S. Cellular and supervised and guided all of the business and affairs of U.S. Cellular in 2018. As a result, Mr. Meyers is primarily responsible for the performance of U.S. Cellular. Each of the other executive officers was also considered to have made a significant contribution to the aforementioned performance achievements. The portion of the bonus for individual performance is based on an individual performance assessment approved by the Chairman in his subjective judgment which, in the case of NEOs other than the President and CEO, considers the recommendation of the President and CEO. This individual performance assessment for 2018 is used as a factor in determining the amount of the cash bonus for 2018 performance paid in 2019 and the value of equity awards granted in 2019.

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        The following shows certain considerations relating to compensation paid in 2018 to the NEOs:

 
  Kenneth R. Meyers   Steven T.
Campbell
  Jay M. Ellison   Michael S.
Irizarry
  Deirdre C.
Drake

Position at U.S. Cellular

  Director and President and Chief Executive Officer   Director and Executive Vice President-Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer   Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer   Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer—Engineering and Information Services   Executive Vice President—Chief Human Resources Officer

Responsibilities at U.S. Cellular for above position

 

Primary responsibility for operations and performance as CEO

 

Accounting and financial reporting, credit and collections, financial planning and analysis, strategic planning, intercarrier business, real estate and site services, supply chain, treasury and regulatory matters

 

All matters related to sales, marketing and customer service

 

All information systems and technological operations including wireless towers, network build-outs, network operations and technological advancements

 

All matters related to human resources

Date or Year Appointed to Current Title

 

2013

 

2007

 

2017

 

2011

 

2018

Year(s) Included as Named Executive Officer at U.S. Cellular (since table was implemented in 2007)

 

2007 and 2013 to present

 

2007 to present

 

2007 - 2009 and 2013 to present

 

2007 to present

 

2014 to present

Period(s) Employed at U.S. Cellular

 

1987 to 2006
and 2013 to
present

 

2005 to present

 

2000 to 2009
and 2013 to
present

 

2002 to present

 

2014 to present

Agreements with Executive Officers

        U.S. Cellular and Kenneth R. Meyers are parties to a letter agreement dated July 25, 2013 relating to his appointment as President and CEO effective June 22, 2013 (the "Meyers Letter Agreement"). In general, this addressed compensation to Mr. Meyers for 2013, and includes provisions relating to annual equity awards in subsequent years, retiree medical/life insurance benefits and a related tax gross-up, and severance (pursuant to which Mr. Meyers would be entitled to his then current annual base salary in the event that U.S. Cellular terminates Mr. Meyers' employment involuntarily without cause prior to June 22, 2019). See Footnote (1) to the Summary Compensation Table for further details.

        Effective May 1, 2018, U. S. Cellular entered into a retention agreement (Retention Agreement) with each of (i) Steven T. Campbell, Executive Vice President—Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, and (ii) Jay M. Ellison, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Pursuant to the Retention Agreement, each executive will be eligible to receive a bonus for the year of his retirement that is no less than the executive's target bonus, pro-rated to reflect the period of the executive's employment during the bonus year, his company car and a three year post-retirement consulting arrangement with an annual consulting fee in the amount of $270,000 per year, subject to the conditions as set forth in the Retention Agreement. These conditions include the executive providing the Company with at least one year prior written notice of his intent to retire, with such notice issued no earlier than September 30, 2018, and satisfaction of the Confidentiality, Non-Solicitation and Non-Competition Agreement included with the Retention Agreement. Copies of the agreements were filed with the SEC on a Form 8-K dated May 1, 2018.

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        Effective May 22, 2018, U.S. Cellular entered into a letter agreement with Deirdre C. Drake, Executive Vice President—Chief Human Resources Officer, pursuant to which Ms. Drake is eligible to receive, among other things, (i) an annual base salary of $460,000 per year; (ii) an annual bonus program target of 55% of her annual base salary; and (iii) an additional Restricted Stock Unit award and a Performance Share Unit award target opportunity with the effect of treating Ms. Drake at the Executive Vice President level for 2018. A copy of the agreement was filed with the SEC on a Form 8-K dated May 22, 2018.

        The Company does not have any currently applicable employment agreements with Michael S. Irizarry.

Annual Cash Compensation

Base Salary:

        The following shows certain information relating to base salary in 2018 for Kenneth R. Meyers.

 
  Kenneth R. Meyers  

2017 Annual Base Salary per Summary Compensation Table for 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2017:

  $ 996,000  

2018 Annual Base Salary per Summary Compensation Table for 1/1/2018 to 12/31/2018:

  $ 1,051,000  

$ Increase in Annual Base Salary:

  $ 55,000  

% Increase in Annual Base Salary:

    5.5 %

Range per 2017 Willis Towers Watson survey (50th to 75th percentile):

 
$
$

800,000 to
955,000
 

        Effective January 1, 2018, Mr. Meyers' base salary was increased to $1,051,000 which is above the 75th percentile of the range. This was the level considered to be appropriate in the subjective judgment of the Chairman.

        The following shows certain information relating to base salary in 2018 for the other NEOs:

 
  Steven T.
Campbell
  Jay M.
Ellison
  Michael S.
Irizarry
  Deirdre C.
Drake
 

Base Salary level 3/1/17 - 2/28/18

  $ 630,000   $ 570,000   $ 649,000   $ 422,000  

Base Salary level 3/1/18 - 5/22/18

 
$

655,000
 
$

600,000
 
$

674,000
 
$

442,000
 

Base Salary level 5/22/18 - 2/28/19

 
$

655,000
 
$

600,000
 
$

674,000
 
$

460,000
 

2018 Base Salary per Summary Compensation Table for 1/1-18 - 12/31/18

 
$

650,400
 
$

594,500
 
$

669,400
 
$

449,000
 

$ Increase in Base Salary on 3/1/2018

 
$

25,000
 
$

30,000
 
$

25,000
 
$

20,000
 

% Increase in Base Salary on 3/1/2018

   
4.0

%
 
5.3

%
 
3.9

%
 
4.8

%

$ Increase in Base Salary on 5/22/2018

   
N/A
   
N/A
   
N/A
 
$

18,000
 

% Increase in Base Salary on 5/22/2018

   
N/A
   
N/A
   
N/A
   
4.1

%

        Ms. Drake received both an annual increase effective March 1, 2018 and a promotional increase effective May 22, 2018.

        The Chairman and the President and CEO review the base salary and bonus of the NEOs on an aggregate basis as described below.

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        Bonus:    The following table sets forth the amounts paid to each NEO for the 2018 annual cash incentive awards (paid in 2019) (the below amounts may be rounded):

 
   
   
  Formula   Kenneth R.
Meyers
  Steven T.
Campbell
  Jay M.
Ellison
  Michael S.
Irizarry
  Deirdre C.
Drake
 

a

 

2018 base salary earnings

      $ 1,051,000   $ 650,400   $ 594,500   $ 669,400   $ 449,000  

b

 

Target bonus percentage

        80 %   60 %   75 %   55 %   55 %

c

 

Target bonus

  a × b   $ 840,800   $ 390,240   $ 445,875   $ 368,170   $ 246,950  

d

 

Percentage of 2018 target bonus based on company performance

        N/A     60 %   60 %   60 %   60 %

e

 

Target bonus for company performance

  c × d     N/A   $ 234,144   $ 267,525   $ 220,902   $ 148,170  

f

 

Calculation of amount reported under "Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation" column based on company performance in 2018

  e × 144.3%     N/A   $ 337,870   $ 386,039   $ 318,762   $ 213,809  

 

Calculation of amount reported under "Bonus" column:

                                   

g

     

Portion of bonus based on assessment of strategic initiatives in 2018 (10% of target bonus opportunity), multiplied by percentage of achievement as determined by Chairman (159.0%)

  c × 10% × 159.0%     N/A   $ 62,048   $ 70,894   $ 58,539   $ 39,265  

h

     

Amount of discretionary bonus based on individual performance and rounding

        N/A   $ 172,082   $ 193,067   $ 154,699   $ 106,926  

i

     

Amount of bonus award to President and CEO

      $ 1,280,400     N/A     N/A     N/A     N/A  

j

     

Subtotal of amount reported under "Bonus" column

  g + h + i   $ 1,280,400   $ 234,130   $ 263,961   $ 213,238   $ 146,191  

k

 

Total bonus for 2018 performance paid in 2019 (sum of amount reported under "Non-Equity incentive Plan Compensation" column and amount reported under "Bonus" column)

  f + j   $ 1,280,400   $ 572,000   $ 650,000   $ 532,000   $ 360,000  

        The entire amount of the bonus paid to Mr. Meyers is included under the "Bonus" column in the Summary Compensation Table because the determination of the amount of the bonus to the President and CEO was not formulaic.

        Total Cash Compensation:    The following table shows information relating to total cash compensation in 2018.

 
  Kenneth R.
Meyers
  Steven T.
Campbell
  Jay M.
Ellison
  Michael S.
Irizarry
  Deirdre C.
Drake
 

Base Salary in 2018 (3/1/18 - 2/28/19)

  $   $ 655,000   $ 600,000   $ 674,000   $ 460,000  

Base Salary in 2018 (1/1/18 - 12/31/18)

 
$

1,051,000
   
   
   
   
 

2018 Bonus Paid in 2019

 
$

1,280,400
 
$

572,000
 
$

650,000
 
$

532,000
 
$

360,000
 

Total Cash Compensation in 2018

 
$

2,331,400
 
$

1,227,000
 
$

1,250,000
 
$

1,206,000
 
$

820,000
 

Total Target Cash Compensation per Willis Towers Watson Survey:

   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 

25th percentile

 
$

1,375,000
 
$

860,000
 
$

950,000
 
$

520,000
 
$

530,000
 

50th percentile

 
$

1,685,000
 
$

1,010,000
 
$

1,185,000
 
$

695,000
 
$

630,000
 

75th percentile

 
$

2,060,000
 
$

1,195,000
 
$

1,475,000
 
$

920,000
 
$

755,000
 

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        The Chairman and the President and CEO review the base salary and bonus of the NEOs on an aggregate basis. The amount reported above as Base Salary represents the NEO's base salary for the period March 1, 2018 (or in the case of Ms. Drake, May 22, 2018) through February 28, 2019, rather than the amount reported in the Summary Compensation Table.

        The total compensation of the above officers is believed to be within the range identified for this element based on an assessment of the responsibilities and performance of such officers and other relevant factors in the judgement of the Chairman and the President and CEO.

Long-Term Equity Compensation

        The Chairman and the President and CEO, along with the LTICC, believe that equity awards both align management's interests with those of stockholders and reinforce a pay-for-performance culture. The 2018 target equity-based compensation represented 66% of Mr. Meyers' and 50% (on average) of the other NEOs' total target compensation.

        Long-term compensation awards for NEOs are based, in part, on individual performance, with the intended goal of increasing long-term company performance and shareholder value. Performance share units (PSUs), restricted stock units (RSUs) and bonus match units generally vest over three years, to reflect the goal of relating long-term incentive compensation to increases in shareholder value over the same period.

        The annual long-term compensation awards in 2018 were made under U.S. Cellular's 2013 Long-Term Incentive Plan ("2013 LTIP"). The awards to the NEOs were granted on April 2, 2018. The target long-term incentive award value of each NEO's 2018 equity-based awards and was comprised equally of PSUs (with the PSUs valued assuming achievement at the target performance level) and RSUs:


2018 Target Long-Term Incentive Award

Named Executive Officer
Target Value of 2018 Equity Award

Kenneth R. Meyers

$ 6,303,426

Steven T. Campbell

$ 1,473,750

Jay M. Ellison

$ 1,560,000

Michael S. Irizarry

$ 1,516,500

Deirdre C. Drake

$ 961,024

        Under the 2013 LTIP, U.S. Cellular is authorized to grant stock options, stock appreciation rights, bonus stock awards, restricted stock awards, restricted stock unit awards, performance awards and employer match awards for deferred bonus.

        Although the LTICC has the discretion to grant various types of awards, it historically had granted stock options and restricted stock units. Starting in 2017, the LTICC approved a change to the U.S. Cellular long-term incentive compensation program. The program now awards 50% of the target long-term incentive award in PSUs and 50% of the award in RSUs. In addition, NEOs may receive employer stock match awards in connection with deferred bonus as described below under "Information Regarding the 2018 Nonqualified Deferred Compensation."

        Based in part on information from Willis Towers Watson, the formula for determining the number of units awarded to the NEOs other than the President and CEO was the NEO's March 1, 2018 base salary times the NEO's performance multiple for 2018, divided by the Company's closing share price on March 29, 2018 (i.e., the first business day preceding the April 2, 2018 grant date). The product of this formula was then split 50% in PSUs and 50% in RSUs. This result was rounded to the closest whole unit. The number of units awarded to the President and CEO is based on information as set forth in the table below.

        Performance Share Units:    In 2018, one-half of the total target long-term incentive award value granted to the NEOs was made in the form of PSUs. The PSUs will be settled in shares of the Company's common stock based on Company achievement against Consolidated Total Operating

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Revenues (weighted 40%), Simple Free Cash Flow (weighted 40%) and Postpaid Handset Voluntary Defections (weighted 20%) goals during the cumulative performance period from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, with payout ranging from 50% - 200% of the target award based on performance. The performance adjustment will be made in 2019 based on certification of the performance results by the LTICC. Shares subject to the award, as adjusted, will be paid following the April 2, 2021 vesting date, assuming the NEO remains employed with the company through that date.

Performance share unit performance for 2018

        Below are the three performance share unit metrics along with the potential number of shares that would be issued to all award recipients in the aggregate under the PSUs granted in 2018 based on the performance as of December 31, 2018. The final determination of performance will be made by the LTICC.

Performance Measure
Threshold
(50% Payout)
Target
(100% Payout)
Maximum
(200% Payout)
Payout (as a %
of Target)(1)

Simple Free Cash Flow

69,554 139,108 278,216 200.0 %

Consolidated Total Operating Revenues

69,554 139,108 278,216 107.0 %

Postpaid Handset Voluntary Defections

34,777 69,554 139,108 162.7 %

173,885 347,770 695,540  

(1)
Represents December 31, 2018 assessed probability of achieving the performance targets. Final determination of payout will be based on actual results. Actual payout as a percentage of target could differ from that projected in the table above depending on final approved achievement of the performance measures. At December 31, 2018, the expectation of final approved performance at December 31, 2018 was more than the Target but less than Maximum for the 2018 grants.

        On March 12, 2019, the performance was reviewed against the set metrics and was certified by the LTICC. The certified aggregate performance attainment was 155.3%. The number of shares is now fixed and such shares will vest on April 2, 2021, assuming continued employment by the award holders.

Metric
Target (100% Payout) Payout% Achieved Revised Award*

Simple Free Cash Flow

139,108 200.0 % 278,207

Consolidated Total Operating Revenues

139,108 107.0 % 148,846

Postpaid Handset Voluntary Defections

69,554 162.7 % 113,164

Total Performance Share Units

347,770 155.3 % 540,217

*
there may be a small variance due to rounding

        The following summarizes the March 12, 2019 adjustment of the 2018 performance share unit awards granted to the following NEOs and all other employees.

Officer
Target Award Reported
for 2018(1)
Adjustment above
Target(2)
Total Award for 2018

Kenneth R. Meyers

78,420 43,398 121,818

Steven T. Campbell

18,335 10,146 28,481

Jay M. Ellison

19,408 10,740 30,148

Michael S. Irizarry

18,867 10,441 29,308

Deirdre C. Drake

12,018 6,651 18,669

All Others

200,722 111,071 311,793

Total

347,770 192,447 540,217

(1)
Column (e), "Stock Awards" of the 2018 Summary Compensation Table includes the aggregate grant date fair value of these performance share unit awards in 2018, and these share amounts are reported in the 2018 Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table.

(2)
Column (e), "Stock Awards" of the 2019 Summary Compensation Table in the 2020 proxy statement will include the aggregate date fair value of the additional shares attributable to the adjustment in 2019, and these additional shares will be reported in the 2019 Grants of Plan-Based Awards Table in the 2020 proxy statement.

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        Restricted Stock Units:    One-half of the total target long-term incentive award value was granted to the NEOs in 2018 in the form of RSUs. The RSUs will cliff vest at the end of the three year period on April 2, 2021 assuming the NEO remains employed through that date.

        The awards granted to Kenneth R. Meyers include different terms that were negotiated as part of the Meyers Letter Agreement. See footnote (1) to the Summary Compensation Table.

        The target values in the tables below are calculated by U.S. Cellular using the formulas described above considering information provided by Willis Towers Watson. These are not the same as the accounting values that are recorded pursuant to the requirements of FASB ASC 718, as reported elsewhere in this Proxy Statement.

        As a result of the foregoing formulas and individual performance factors, the following performance share units and restricted stock units were granted on April 2, 2018 to the persons below who were NEOs. Additionally, Ms. Drake received an additional one-time award that is included below (the amounts may be rounded):

 
   
  Formula   Steven T.
Campbell
  Jay M.
Ellison
  Michael S.
Irizarry
  Deirdre C.
Drake
 

a

 

March 1, 2018 Base Salary

      $ 655,000   $ 600,000   $ 674,000   $ 442,000  

b

 

Performance Multiple

        2.25     2.60     2.25     1.60  

c

 

Closing stock price on March 29, 2018

      $ 40.19   $ 40.19   $ 40.19   $ 40.19  

d

 

Long Term Incentive Target Value

  a × b   $ 1,473,750   $ 1,560,000   $ 1,516,500   $ 707,200  

e

 

PSU Target Value

  d × 50%   $ 736,875   $ 780,000   $ 758,250   $ 353,600  

f

 

PSUs Granted (rounded)

  e / c     18,335     19,408     18,867     8,798  

g

 

RSU Target Value

  d × 50%   $ 736,875   $ 780,000   $ 758,250   $ 353,600  

h

 

RSUs Granted (rounded)

  g / c     18,335     19,408     18,867     8,798  

 

One-time PSU Award(1)

                  $ 3,220  

 

One-Time RSU Award(1)

                  $ 3,220  

(1)
This award was granted to Ms. Drake in connection with her promotion to Executive Vice President—Chief Human Resources Officer, effective May 22, 2018. This award supplemented the award Ms. Drake received on April 2, 2018 with the annual grant.

        The approach for granting long-term incentive awards to Kenneth R. Meyers differed from the above approach for the other NEOs. The following performance share units and restricted stock unit awards were granted to Mr. Meyers on April 2, 2018 using the formula outlined below (the amounts may be rounded):

 
   
  Formula   Kenneth R. Meyers  

a

 

Long Term Incentive Target Value based on information from Willis Towers Watson

      $ 4,711,080  

b

 

Total Award Adjustment 133.8% based on 2017 Company Performance (70.5%); Chairman Assessment (15.3%); Individual Assessment (48.0%)

      $ 6,303,426  

c

 

Closing stock price on March 29, 2018

      $ 40.19  

d

 

PSU Target Value

  b × 50%   $ 3,151,713  

e

 

PSUs Granted (rounded)

  d / c     78,420  

f

 

RSU Target Value

  b × 50%   $ 3,151,713  

g

 

RSUs Granted (rounded)

  f / c     78,420  

        If a recipient of an award under the 2013 LTIP enters into competition with, or misappropriates confidential information of, U.S. Cellular or any affiliate thereof, including TDS and its affiliates, or the recipient's employment with U.S. Cellular or any affiliate thereof is terminated on account of the NEO's negligence or willful misconduct, then such award shall terminate and be forfeited. In addition, the 2013 LTIP provides that the LTICC may impose other conditions on an award, and pursuant thereto, certain

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awards under the plan have been granted subject to forfeiture in the event of the NEO's violation of non-solicitation and non-disparagement agreements.

        The 2013 LTIP and related award agreements provide various rights upon resignation, retirement, special retirement, disability, death, or other termination or separation from service, and upon a change in control. These details are summarized in the Table of Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control.

The 2013 LTIP:

        Notwithstanding any other provision in the 2013 LTIP or any agreement, in the event of a 2013 LTIP Change in Control (as described below), the board of directors may, but will not be required to, make such adjustments to outstanding awards under the 2013 LTIP as it deems appropriate. Generally, a "2013 LTIP Change in Control" is defined in the 2013 LTIP as: (i) an acquisition by a person or entity of 25% or more of the combined voting power of the then outstanding securities of U.S. Cellular entitled to vote generally on matters (without regard to the election of directors), subject to certain exceptions; (ii) unapproved changes in the majority of the members of the board of directors; (iii) certain corporate restructurings, including certain reorganizations, mergers, consolidations or sales or other dispositions of all or substantially all of the assets of U.S. Cellular; or (iv) approval by the shareholders of U.S. Cellular of a plan of complete liquidation or dissolution of U.S. Cellular.

Analysis of Compensation

        The following table identifies the percentage of each element of total compensation of each of the NEOs, based on the Summary Compensation Table for 2018:

 
  Kenneth R.
Meyers
  Steven T.
Campbell
  Jay M.
Ellison
  Michael S.
Irizarry
  Deirdre C.
Drake
 

Salary

    12.2 %   23.7 %   20.9 %   24.3 %   25.1 %

Bonus

    14.9 %   8.5 %   9.3 %   7.7 %   8.2 %

Stock Awards

    71.6 %   52.0 %   53.1 %   53.1 %   51.5 %

Stock Options

    0.0 %   0.0 %   0.0 %   0.0 %   0.0 %

Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation

    0.0 %   12.3 %   13.6 %   11.6 %   11.9 %

Other

    1.3 %   3.5 %   3.1 %   3.3 %   3.3 %

    100.0 %   100.0 %   100.0 %   100.0 %   100.0 %

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        As indicated in the Summary Compensation Table, Mr. Meyers' total compensation for 2018 was $8,600,136 and the total compensation for 2018 of the other NEOs ranged from a high of $2,840,709 to a low of $1,789,380. Accordingly, Mr. Meyers' total compensation for 2018 is approximately 3.0 times the total compensation of the next highest compensated NEO with respect to 2018.

        U.S. Cellular recognizes that it needs to, and believes that it should, compensate the President and CEO at a level that considers the compensation of presidents and chief executive officers of similar companies. U.S. Cellular believes that this is necessary to attract and retain a highly qualified person to serve as President and CEO and to compete successfully against other companies. U.S. Cellular also recognizes that it needs to, and believes that it should, compensate the other NEOs at levels that reflect the compensation of similarly situated positions at similar companies in order to attract and retain high quality persons for such positions at U.S. Cellular.

CEO Pay Ratio

        The Chairman and the LTICC reviewed a comparison of our President and CEO's annual total compensation in fiscal year 2018 to that of all other Company employees for the same period.

        Our calculation includes all active employees as of December 31, 2018.

        We determined the compensation of our median employee (the "Median Employee") by: calculating the annual salary/wages for each of our active employees as of December 31, 2018; ranking the annual salaries/wages of all employees except for the President and CEO from lowest to highest; and then identifying the median employee.

        The annual total compensation for fiscal year 2018 for our President and CEO was $8,600,136 and for the Median Employee was $51,979. The resulting ratio of our CEO's pay to the pay of our Median Employee for fiscal year 2018 is 165.5 to 1.

Other Benefit Plans Available to NEOs

        The Chairman believes that U.S. Cellular's maintenance of the below-described plans is consistent with competitive pay practices, and is an important element in attracting and retaining talent in a competitive market.

        The NEOs participate in certain benefit plans, as described below.

Deferred Salary and Bonus:

        The NEOs are permitted to defer salary and/or bonus into an interest-bearing arrangement under a deferred compensation plan. The entire amount of the salary earned is reported in the Summary Compensation Table in column (c) under "Salary," whether or not deferred. The entire amount of the bonus earned is reported in column (d) under "Bonus" or in column (g) under "Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation," whether or not deferred. Pursuant to the plan, the NEO's deferred compensation account is credited with interest compounded monthly, computed at a rate equal to one-twelfth of the sum of the average twenty-year Treasury Bond rate plus 1.25 percentage points until the deferred compensation amount is paid to such person. As required by SEC rules, column (h) in the Summary Compensation Table includes the portion of any interest that exceeded that calculated utilizing the rate specified by the IRS which is 120% of the applicable federal long-term rate, with compounding (such specified rate, the "AFR"), at the time each monthly interest rate was set. The deferred compensation account of an NEO is paid at the time and in the form provided in the plan, which permits certain distribution elections by the officer.

        The NEO is always 100% vested in, and entitled to receipt upon termination, of all salary and bonus amounts that have been deferred and any interest credited to his or her account. Such amounts are reported in the Nonqualified Deferred Compensation table and, because there would not be any increased benefit or accelerated vesting in the event of termination or change in control, are not included in the below Table of Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control.

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Deferred Bonus under the Long-Term Incentive Plan:

        In addition to being permitted to defer some or all of their bonuses into an interest-bearing arrangement as described immediately above, the NEOs are permitted to defer some or all of their bonuses pursuant to deferred bonus compensation agreements under the 2013 LTIP (and previously under the 2005 Long-Term Incentive Plan ("2005 LTIP"), as discussed below). The entire amount of the bonus earned is reported in the Summary Compensation Table in column (d) under "Bonus" or in column (g) under "Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation," whether or not deferred. Deferred bonus under the long-term incentive plan will be deemed invested in phantom U.S. Cellular Common Shares. The NEOs receive a distribution of the deferred bonus account at the time and in the form provided in the plan, which permits certain distribution elections by the NEO.

        Pursuant to the 2013 LTIP, each officer may elect to defer all or a portion of his or her annual bonus. U.S. Cellular will allocate a stock unit match award to the employee's deferred compensation account in an amount equal to the sum of (i) 25% of the deferred bonus amount which is not in excess of one-half of the employee's gross bonus for the year and (ii) 331/3% of the deferred bonus amount which is in excess of one-half of the employee's gross bonus for the year. The stock unit match awards will be deemed invested in phantom U.S. Cellular Common Shares and will vest ratably at a rate of one-third per year over three years. The match becomes fully vested upon the executive's separation due to retirement or death or if the executive suffers permanent disability prior to his or her separation. The treatment of the stock unit match awards in the event of a termination or change in control is further discussed in the below Table of Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control.

U.S. Cellular 2005 Long-Term Incentive Plan

        Under the 2005 LTIP, U.S. Cellular was previously authorized to grant stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock awards, restricted stock unit awards, performance awards and employer match awards for deferred bonus. At the 2013 annual meeting, U.S. Cellular shareholders approved the 2013 LTIP that replaced the 2005 LTIP for awards granted after the date of such approval on May 14, 2013.

        No additional awards will be granted under the 2005 LTIP. Only stock options are outstanding under the 2005 LTIP. These awards were subject to vesting periods specified at the time of grant and are now fully vested.

        This plan and related award agreements provide various rights upon resignation, retirement, special retirement, disability, death, or other termination or separation from service.

        This plan also prohibits, without shareholder approval, a "repricing" involving the reduction of the exercise price of an outstanding stock option.

        This plan historically permitted officers to pay for the shares of common stock to be purchased pursuant to the exercise of a stock option by authorizing the Company to withhold whole shares of common stock which would otherwise be delivered ("share netting"). On November 29, 2018, U.S. Cellular's Board of Directors approved a plan amendment which, effective for exercises of stock options occurring on or after November 29, 2018 (including exercises with respect to stock options granted prior to November 29, 2018) also allows non-officers to exercise their stock options via share netting.

        Notwithstanding any other provision in the 2005 LTIP or any agreement, in the event of a 2005 LTIP Change in Control (as described below), the board of directors may, but will not be required to, make such adjustments to outstanding awards under the 2005 LTIP as it deems appropriate. Generally, a "2005 LTIP Change in Control" is defined in the 2005 LTIP as: (i) an acquisition by a person or entity of 25% or more of the combined voting power of the then outstanding securities of U.S. Cellular entitled to vote generally on matters (without regard to the election of directors), subject to certain exceptions; (ii) unapproved changes in the majority of the members of the board of directors; (iii) certain corporate restructurings, including certain reorganizations, mergers, consolidations or sales or other dispositions of all or substantially all of the assets of U.S. Cellular; or (iv) approval by the shareholders of U.S. Cellular of a plan of complete liquidation or dissolution of U.S. Cellular.

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        Because awards outstanding under the 2005 LTIP are fully vested, no amounts are reported in the below Table of Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control.

SERP

        Each of the NEOs participates in a supplemental executive retirement plan, or SERP, which is a non-qualified defined contribution plan. The SERP is not intended to provide substantial benefits other than to replace the benefits which cannot be provided under the TDS Pension Plan as a result of tax law limitations on the amount and types of annual employee compensation which can be taken into account under a tax qualified pension plan. The SERP is unfunded. The amount of the SERP contribution with respect to the executives identified in the Summary Compensation Table is included in column (i), "All Other Compensation." Participants are credited with interest on balances of the SERP. Pursuant to SEC rules, column (h) of the Summary Compensation Table includes any portion of interest earned under the SERP that exceeded that calculated using the AFR at the time the rate was set.

        A participant is entitled to distribution of his or her entire account balance under the SERP if the participant has a separation from service without cause, after either (a) his or her attainment of age 65; or (b) his or her completion of at least ten years of service. If a participant has a separation from service under circumstances other than those set forth in the preceding sentence, without cause, the participant will be entitled to distribution of 10% of his or her account balance for each year of service up to ten years. Upon a separation from service under circumstances that permit payments under the SERP, the participant will be paid his or her vested account balance in one of the following forms as elected by the participant prior to the first day of the plan year in which the participant commences participation in the SERP: (a) a single lump sum or (b) annual installments over a period of 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 years. The SERP does not include any provision that would increase benefits or accelerate amounts upon any termination or change in control and, accordingly, no amount attributable to the SERP is included in the Table of Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control. The balance of the SERP as of December 31, 2018 for each NEO is set forth in the "Nonqualified Deferred Compensation" table below.

Perquisites

        U.S. Cellular does not provide significant perquisites to its NEOs. U.S. Cellular has no formal plan, policy or procedure pursuant to which NEOs are entitled to any perquisites following termination or change in control. However, from time to time, U.S. Cellular may enter into employment, retirement, severance or similar agreements that may provide for perquisites. See note (i) under "Explanation of Columns" under the Summary Compensation Table below for information about perquisites provided to the NEOs.

Tax-Deferred Savings Plan

        TDS sponsors the Tax-Deferred Savings Plan, a tax-qualified defined contribution plan under Sections 401(a) and 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code. This plan is available to employees of TDS and its subsidiaries which have adopted the plan, including U.S. Cellular. Employees contribute amounts from their compensation and U.S. Cellular makes matching contributions in part. U.S. Cellular makes matching contributions to the plan in cash equal to 100% of an employee's contributions up to the first 3% of such employee's compensation, and 40% of an employee's contributions up to the next 2% of such employee's compensation. Employees have the option of investing their contributions and U.S. Cellular's contributions in a TDS Common Share fund, a U.S. Cellular Common Share fund and certain unaffiliated funds. Contributions into the company common stock funds are limited to no more than 20%, combined. The amount of the matching contribution with respect to the executives identified in the Summary Compensation Table is included in column (i), "All Other Compensation."

        Under the TDS Tax-Deferred Savings Plan, employees are always fully vested in their employee contributions, but are subject to a two year graduated vesting schedule (34% vesting at one year of service and 100% vesting at two years of service) for employer matching contributions. Each calendar year in which an employee completes at least 1,000 hours of service with TDS and its affiliates (including the year they were hired), they will earn one year of vesting service. Vesting in employer matching

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contributions is not accelerated upon a change in control or termination event, except a termination by reason of death, total and permanent disability, or after an employee attains age 65. The vested portion of an employee's account becomes payable following the employee's termination of employment (a) as a lump sum (full or partial) or (b) in a series of annual or more frequent installments. This plan does not discriminate in scope, terms, or operation in favor of executive officers and is available generally to all employees, and benefits are not enhanced upon any termination (other than a termination by reason of death, total and permanent disability or after an employee attains age 65) or change in control. Accordingly, no amounts are reported in the Table of Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control.

Pension Plan

        TDS sponsors a tax-qualified noncontributory defined contribution Pension Plan for the eligible employees of TDS and its participating subsidiaries, including U.S. Cellular. Under this plan, pension costs are calculated separately for each participant based on the applicable pension formula, and are funded annually by TDS and its participating subsidiaries. The TDS Pension Plan is designed to provide retirement benefits for eligible employees of TDS and its participating subsidiaries. The amount of the contribution with respect to the executives identified in the Summary Compensation Table is included in column (i), "All Other Compensation."

        Benefits under the TDS Pension Plan are subject to a five year graduated vesting schedule (20% vesting at two years of service, 40% vesting at three years of service, 60% vesting at four years of service and 100% vesting at five years of service). Each calendar year in which an employee completes at least 1,000 hours of service with TDS and its affiliates (including the year they were hired), they will earn one year of vesting service. Vesting is not accelerated upon a change in control or termination event, except a termination of employment due to death, a total and permanent disability or after the employee has attained his or her Early or Normal Retirement Date as defined in the plan. The vested portion of an employee's account becomes payable following the employee's termination of employment as (a) an annuity or (b) a lump sum payment. This plan does not discriminate in scope, terms, or operation in favor of executive officers and is available generally to all eligible employees of participating employers (subject to certain restrictions for non-U.S. Cellular employees hired after December 31, 2014), and benefits are not enhanced upon any termination (except due to death, a total and permanent disability or after the employee has attained his or her Early or Normal Retirement Date) or change in control. Accordingly, no amounts are reported in the below Table of Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control.

Health and Welfare Benefits

        TDS also provides customary health and welfare and similar plans for the benefit of employees of TDS and its subsidiaries, including U.S. Cellular. These group life, health, disability, medical reimbursement and/or similar plans do not discriminate in scope, terms or operation in favor of executive officers and are available generally to all employees, and benefits are not enhanced upon any termination or change in control. Accordingly, no amounts are reported in the below Table of Potential Payments upon Termination or Change in Control.

Impact of Accounting and Tax Treatments of Particular Forms of Compensation

        The Chairman and the LTICC consider the accounting and tax treatments of particular forms of compensation. Accounting treatments do not significantly impact the determinations of the appropriate compensation for U.S. Cellular executive officers. The Chairman and the LTICC consider the accounting treatments primarily to be informed and to confirm that Company personnel understand and recognize the appropriate accounting that will be required with respect to compensation.

        U.S. Cellular places more significance on the tax treatments of particular forms of compensation, because these may involve actual cash expense to the Company or the executive.

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paid to each of the corporation's principal executive officer and certain other executive officers of the corporation. However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated the performance-based compensation exception to Section 162(m) (with an exception for certain compensation paid under contracts in effect on November 2, 2017 that are not materially modified). As a result, unless subject to the exception, compensation paid to U.S. Cellular's covered executive officers in excess of $1 million per year generally will not be deductible, even if it is performance-based. U.S. Cellular believes that it is important to preserve flexibility in administering compensation programs in a manner designed to promote corporate goals. Accordingly, although U.S. Cellular considers the deductibility of particular forms of compensation, U.S. Cellular expects to approve elements of compensation that are consistent with the objectives of our executive compensation program, even though annual compensation in excess of $1 million per covered executive officer generally will not be deductible.

        U.S. Cellular generally does not have any arrangements with its executive officers pursuant to which it has agreed to "gross-up" payments due to taxes or to otherwise reimburse officers for the payment of taxes, except with respect to certain reimbursements related to Mr. Meyers' retiree medical benefits as discussed below and certain perquisites.

Policy on Stock Ownership by Executive Officers

        U.S. Cellular does not have a formal policy relating to stock ownership by executive officers.

Anti-Hedging and Anti-Pledging

        TDS' Policy Regarding Insider Trading and Confidentiality, which is applicable to U.S. Cellular's executive officers, provides that persons subject to such policy may not, under any circumstances, trade options for, pledge, or sell "short," any securities of TDS or U.S. Cellular.

Compensation Committee Report

        The Chairman, the President and CEO and the members of the U.S. Cellular board of directors oversee U.S. Cellular's compensation programs. In fulfilling their oversight responsibilities, the persons whose names are listed below reviewed and discussed with management the CD&A set forth above in this Proxy Statement.

        In reliance on the review and discussions referred to above, the persons whose names are listed below recommended to the board of directors the CD&A be included in U.S. Cellular's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and Proxy Statement related to the 2019 Annual Meeting.

        The CD&A report is submitted by LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., who functions as the compensation committee, except with respect to long-term equity-based compensation and by the members of the LTICC, which has responsibility with respect to long-term equity-based compensation.

        Because U.S. Cellular does not have a formal independent compensation committee except with respect to long-term equity-based compensation, the above CD&A is submitted by each member of the board of directors: LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr. (Chairman), Steven T. Campbell, Walter C. D. Carlson, J. Samuel Crowley, Ronald E. Daly, Harry J. Harczak, Jr., Gregory P. Josefowicz, Kenneth R. Meyers, Peter L. Sereda, Cecelia D. Stewart and Kurt B. Thaus.

Compensation Risks

        U.S. Cellular does not believe that risks arising from U.S. Cellular's compensation policies and practices for its employees, including executive and non-executive officers, are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on U.S. Cellular. Representatives of U.S. Cellular conduct an annual assessment of the risks associated with the compensation policies and practices used to compensate the Company's NEOs. In 2018, these representatives reviewed the elements of executive compensation to determine whether any portion of executive compensation encouraged excessive risk taking and concluded that

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they do not. The following risk-mitigating design features have been incorporated into the Company's programs:

        As described throughout our CD&A, compensation decisions are made using a combination of objective and subjective considerations designed to mitigate excessive risk taking by executives.

        Similar to compensation of NEOs, non-executive officers and director-level employees are compensated using a mix of short and long-term compensation. Each such employee receives a substantial portion of compensation in the form of a fixed salary, which does not encourage any risk taking, and may receive a portion of compensation as long-term incentive compensation, which discourages short-term risk taking.

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Compensation Tables

Summary of Compensation

        The following table summarizes the compensation paid by U.S. Cellular to the NEOs for 2018, 2017 and 2016. The compensation actually realized by a NEO may be more or less than the amount reported in the below Summary Compensation Table depending on the performance of the U.S. Cellular stock price and other factors.


2018 Summary Compensation Table

Name and Principal
Position
(a)
Year
(b)
Salary
($)
(c)
Bonus
($)
(d)
Stock
Awards
($)
(e)
Option
Awards
($)
(f)
Non-Equity
Incentive
Plan
Compensation
($)
(g)
Change in
Pension
Value and
Non-qualified
Deferred
Compensation
Earnings
($)
(h)
All Other
Compensation
($)
(i)
Total
($)
(j)

Kenneth R. Meyers(1)

2018 $ 1,051,000 $ 1,280,400 $ 6,156,728 $ 24,448 $ 87,560 $ 8,600,136

President and Chief

2017 $ 996,000 $ 1,066,100 $ 5,641,045 $ 28,490 $ 80,722 $ 7,812,357

Executive Officer

2016 $ 948,000 $ 1,007,200 $ 2,656,905 $ 2,634,164 $ 26,056 $ 79,508 $ 7,351,832

Steven T. Campbell(2)(4)


2018

$

650,400

$

234,130

$

1,423,896



$

337,870


$

2,450


$

91,780

$

2,740,526

Executive Vice

2017 $ 626,333 $ 215,192 $ 1,401,926 $ 264,808 $ 4,566 $ 82,471 $ 2,595,297

President-Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

2016 $ 605,000 $ 203,924 $ 889,878 $ 693,974 $ 286,076 $ 3,549 $ 81,184 $ 2,763,585

Jay M. Ellison(3)(4)


2018

$

594,500

$

263,961

$

1,507,226



$

386,039


$

878


$

88,105

$

2,840,709

Executive Vice

2017 $ 566,833 $ 237,128 $ 1,465,724 $ 299,572 $ 1,306 $ 82,788 $ 2,653,352

President and Chief Operating Officer

2016 $ 548,167 $ 225,929 $ 931,895 $ 726,534 $ 324,071 $ 688 $ 80,082 $ 2,837,366

Michael S. Irizarry(3)


2018

$

669,400

$

213,238

$

1,465,212



$

318,762


$

3,469


$

88,685

$

2,758,766

Executive Vice President and

2017 $ 645,333 $ 201,092 $ 1,444,236 $ 250,108 $ 6,677 $ 81,616 $ 2,629,062

Chief Technology Officer—Engineering and Information Services

2016 $ 623,917 $ 194,569 $ 917,675 $ 715,680 $ 270,431 $ 5,402 $ 86,208 $ 2,813,883

Deirdre C. Drake(3)(5)


2018

$

449,000

$

146,191

$

921,404



$

213,809


$

289


$

58,687

$

1,789,380

Executive Vice President and

2017 $ 419,500 $ 118,201 $ 667,808 $ 147,799 $ 286 $ 48,041 $ 1,401,635

Chief Human Resources Officer

2016 $ 404,167 $ 114,415 $ 423,609 $ 330,388 $ 159,585 $ 44,615 $ 1,476,779

(a)
Includes the following named executive officers: all individuals serving as U.S. Cellular's principal executive officer; principal financial officer; and the three most highly compensated executive officers. The determination as to which executive officers are most highly compensated is made by reference to total compensation in column (j) reduced by column (h).

(b)
For additional details see Statements filed with the SEC on Schedule 14A dated April 10, 2018, April 11, 2017 and April 12, 2016.

(c)
Represents the dollar value of base salary earned by the NEO during the fiscal year. Kenneth R. Meyers deferred a portion of his salary in 2018, all of which salary is included in column (a) whether or not deferred. Mr. Meyers deferred $146,302 of his 2018 salary to an interest-bearing account. See "Information Regarding the 2018 Nonqualified Deferred Compensation" below for further details.

(d)
Represents the dollar value of bonus earned by the NEO during the fiscal year. The entire amount of bonus, including any amount deferred, is included in the Summary Compensation Table. See "Information Regarding the 2018 Nonqualified Deferred Compensation" for further information.

The following summarizes the bonus amount in the 2018 row in the Summary Compensation Table for the NEOs who were paid a bonus in 2019 for 2018 performance:

 
  Kenneth R.
Meyers
  Steven T.
Campbell
  Jay M.
Ellison
  Michael S.
Irizarry
  Deirdre C.
Drake
 

Bonus paid in 2019 for 2018 Performance

  $ 1,280,400   $ 572,000   $ 650,000   $ 532,000   $ 360,000  

Less amount reported as Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation for 2018

    N/A     337,870     386,039     318,762     213,809  

Total Amount reported as Bonus for 2018

  $ 1,280,400   $ 234,130   $ 263,961   $ 213,238   $ 146,191  

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Kenneth R. Meyers

Total 2017 Bonus Paid in 2018:

$ 1,066,100

Percentage Deferred:

50 %

Amount Deferred:

$ 533,050

Amount Deferred to Interest Account (25%):

$ 266,525

Amount Deferred to USM Phantom Stock (25%):

$ 266,525

Number of Underlying USM Common Shares for Deferred Bonus:

6,545

Company Match:

$ 66,631

Number of Underlying USM Common Shares for Company Match:

1,636
(e)
Represents the aggregate grant date fair value computed in accordance with FASB ASC 718, as reflected in the below table of "Grants of Plan-Based Awards".

Assumptions made in the valuation of stock awards in this column are described in Note 16—Stock-Based Compensation in U.S. Cellular's financial statements included in the accompanying Annual Report to Shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2018.

The following represents the value of the performance share unit awards at the grant date of April 2, 2018 using the closing price of $38.83 and assuming that the highest level of performance conditions will be achieved:

 
Kenneth R.
Meyers
Steven T.
Campbell
Jay M.
Ellison
Michael S.
Irizarry
Deirdre C.
Drake*

Grant Date Value (100%)

$ 3,045,049 $ 711,948 $ 753,613 $ 732,606 $ 460,702

Maximum Value (200%)

$ 6,090,098 $ 1,423,896 $ 1,507,226 $ 1,465,212 $ 921,404
(f)
Represents the aggregate grant date fair value computed in accordance with FASB ASC 718, as reflected in the below table of "Grants of Plan-Based Awards". U.S. Cellular elected to grant performance share unit awards in lieu of stock options in 2018. Assumptions made in the valuation of stock awards in this column are described in Note 16—Stock-Based Compensation in U.S. Cellular's financial statements included in the accompanying Annual Report to Shareholders for the year ended December 31, 2018.

(g)
Represents the portion of the bonus for 2018 performance paid in 2019 that represents non-equity incentive plan compensation. See table provided in Note (d) above and discussion of bonus in the above CD&A.

(h)
This column includes the portion of interest that exceeded that calculated utilizing the AFR at the time the interest rate was set.

Each NEO currently participates in a supplemental executive retirement plan (SERP). The interest rate under the SERP for 2018 was set as of the last trading date of 2017 at 3.70% per annum, based on the yield on ten year BBB rated industrial bonds at such time. Such rate exceeded the AFR of 3.16% at such time. This column includes the portion of interest that exceeded that calculated utilizing the AFR at the time the interest rate was set. This column also includes interest that exceeded that calculated utilizing the AFR that Mr. Meyers received on deferred salary or bonus under interest-bearing deferral arrangements. Interest on deferred salary or bonus is compounded monthly, computed at a rate equal to one-twelfth of the sum of the average twenty-year Treasury Bond rate plus 1.25 percentage points.

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Kenneth R.
Meyers
Steven T.
Campbell
Jay M.
Ellison
Michael S.
Irizarry
Deirdre C.
Drake

Excess Earnings

         

SERP

$ 5,820 $ 2,450 $ 878 $ 3,469 $ 289

Deferred Salary or Bonus

10,241

Total Excess Earnings from U. S. Cellular

$ 16,061 $ 2,450 $ 878 $ 3,469 $ 289

Excess Earnings from Salary and Bonus previously deferred as officer of TDS

8,387
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