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  The vast majority stake in U.S. Cellular is controlled by Carlson family

The vast majority stake in U.S. Cellular is held by TDS, a company controlled by the Carlson family. This makes U.S. Cellular highly sensitive to the whims of a less-than-diverse group of shareholders.

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  Small size in comparison to competitors

U.S. Cellular's size (or lack thereof) in comparison to competitors means that it does not have the same resources to expand and adapt.

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  USM late to offer data services

Late rolling out data services, the company only has 5% of its revenues come from data transmissions; this can be attributed to the majority of potential data users having signed up with other companies before U.S. Cellular released its own services.

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