TDS Telecom and Nexstar Media Group settle programming dispute

TDS Telecom (TDS®), a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems (NYSE: TDS), and Nexstar Media Group Inc. today reached a comprehensive agreement to restore retransmission of Nexstar Media Group’s local television stations to more than 50,000 TDS customers in eight states.

On Dec. 31, 2018, TDS and Nexstar reached an impasse in contract negotiations prohibiting TDS from carrying Nexstar stations which, depending on market area, included:  ABC, CBS, and/or Fox programming, in addition to other channels.

“I would like to personally thank our customers for their patience and cooperation during the negotiations,” says Jim Butman, president and CEO TDS Telecom. “Because of their support we were able to come to a reasonable agreement with Nexstar.”

Terms of the agreement will not be released.


Media Contact: DeAnne Boegli | National Public Relations Manager | TDS Telecom | 608-664-4428 |  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to nearly 1,000 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the U.S. With more than 1.2 million connections, TDS is a rapidly growing technology companies in the United States. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 1 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs nearly 2,900 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,100 people and has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. TDS Inc. has been named to several Forbes lists, including America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Visit

Updated February 2019

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