U. S. Cellular sells spectrum license to T-Mobile

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Updated: 6/28/2013 10:36 am

CHICAGO, Ill. (WTVA) -- United States Cellular Corporation today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the majority of its Mississippi Valley 10MHz REA AWS spectrum license  to a wholly owned subsidiary of T-Mobile US, Inc. for $308 million.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close by the end of 2013. 

"Following the Market Divestiture that closed in May, we have been seeking opportunities to monetize other non-strategic assets," said Kenneth R. Meyers, U.S. Cellular president and CEO.  "We're pleased to have achieved significant value for this spectrum license, as we continue to evaluate opportunities to create additional value for our shareholders."

U.S. Cellular will partition and retain a portion of the license covering its markets in Knoxville and eastern Tennessee to meet future operating needs. 

U.S. Cellular was advised on the transaction by Media Venture Partners.

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