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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  February 10, 2017




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This amendment to the Current Report on Form 8-K of United States Cellular Corporation, originally dated February 10, 2017, provides additional information and updates certain information related to the Federal Communication Commission auction of 600 MHz spectrum licenses.

Item 1.01.  Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

See disclosure under Item 8.01 – Other Events, which is incorporated herein to the extent applicable.

Item 2.03.  Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.

See disclosure under Item 8.01 – Other Events, which is incorporated herein to the extent applicable.

Item 8.01.  Other Events.

As previously disclosed, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced United States Cellular Corporation (“U.S. Cellular”) as a qualified bidder in the FCC’s forward auction of 600 MHz spectrum licenses, referred to as Auction 1002.  The Assignment Phase of the auction was completed on March 30, 2017.  On April 13, 2017, the FCC announced that U.S. Cellular was the winning bidder for 188 licenses for an aggregate purchase price of $329 million.   At the inception of the auction process in June 2016, U.S. Cellular made an upfront payment to the FCC of $143 million which, based on the final outcome of the auction, is sufficient to cover its down payment obligation that is due by April 27, 2017.  U.S. Cellular is required to pay the remainder of the purchase price of $186 million to the FCC by May 11, 2017, and expects to receive the licenses at the conclusion of the FCC’s standard post-auction licensing process.  U.S. Cellular currently expects to make such payment using cash on hand and/or borrowings under its revolving credit agreement. 







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
















April 20, 2017










/s/  Steven T. Campbell




Steven T. Campbell




Executive Vice President - Finance,




Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer




(principal financial officer)