CHICAGO, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE: TDS, TDS.S) today announced that its founder and chairman emeritus, LeRoy (Roy) T. Carlson, has been inducted in the Wireless History Foundation Hall of Fame.
Carlson, age 94, founded TDS in 1969. Initially comprised of ten small, rural telephone companies, TDS had more than $5 billion in revenues in 2009. In 1983, Carlson founded TDS subsidiary United States Cellular Corporation (NYSE: USM), now the sixth-largest, full-service wireless provider in the U.S. Carlson was CEO of TDS until 1986, and chairman until 2002. He remains a director of U.S. Cellular.
"Roy has always believed that technology has the power to transform people's lives," said TDS president and CEO LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr. "He founded TDS to bring outstanding communications services to people in rural areas, and his commitment to ensuring quality in all aspects of the customer experience continues to guide us today."
"Roy Carlson is a living example of the American dream," said Mary N. Dillon, U.S. Cellular president and CEO. "His relentless customer focus and his strong belief in ethics helped to build U.S. Cellular into a company committed to doing business the right way."
The Wireless History Foundation was created in 2008 "…to educate and inspire future generations about the significance and growth of the wireless communications industry." Carlson was inducted along with wireless industry pioneers Edward S. "Ted" Rogers, Jr., founder of Rogers Communications; Stanley T. Sigman, former CEO of AT&T Mobility; and Raymond C. Trott, founder of Trott Communications Group.
Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (TDS), a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless, local and long-distance telephone, and broadband services to approximately 7.3 million customers in 36 states through its business units, U.S. Cellular (wireless) and TDS Telecom (wireline). Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employed 12,300 people as of June 30, 2010.
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