TDS Hosted & Managed Services Announces Successful Completion of SSAE 16 (SOC 1) Type 2 Audits

Data Centers Operated by VISI and Vital Support Systems in the Midwest Are Included in the TDS HMS SSAE 16 Type 2 Audits

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MADISON, WI--(Marketwire - Mar 25, 2013) - TDS Hosted and Managed Services, LLC (TDS HMS) announced today that its data centers and managed services, operated by Vital Supports Systems and VISI, remain SSAE 16 (SOC 1) Type 2 audited.

The Service Organization Control (SOC 1) reports are performed by a Certified Public Accountant in accordance with the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 16 audit.

"The SSAE 16 audit and SOC 1 certification reaffirms our company's commitment to meet the highest standards for security and availability, while making sure all of the appropriate controls and safeguards are firmly in place," said Clint Harder, vice president of Product Strategy for TDS HMS. "The audits are third party validation that we deliver what we promise, and ensure that our customers' equipment and data is available, secure, and managed in-line with industry best practices."

The SSAE 16 audit requires TDS HMS management to present an assessment and written assertion of the controls, to which a third-party auditor holds them accountable. The report provides substantial insight into the people, processes, and technology used to effectively achieve all the control objectives. These objectives include: physical security, availability and change management, incident and event management, IT continuity and request management.

"The SSAE 16 audit provides our customers with reassurance and confidence they've chosen a partner who is able to operate a secure, reliable, and prepared data center," says Harder.

TDS HMS data centers included in this SSAE 16 (SOC 1) Type 2 audit are located in: Eden Prairie and St. Paul, Minn.; Madison, Wis.; and Cedar Falls and Des Moines, Iowa.

TDS HMS provides cloud infrastructure, network and systems solutions, colocation and managed services to businesses nationwide. TDS HMS data centers offer on-premise services as well as the option to colocate in one of the company's Tier 3 data centers or in the cloud using ReliaCloud™ Infrastructure-as-a Service (IaaS). TDS HMS partners with global leaders, such as Cisco, EMC, Microsoft, and VMware to design, procure, implement, and manage mission critical solutions.

For more information, visit vitalsupport.com or visi.com.

TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC is the parent company of OneNeck® IT Services Corp., Vital Support Systems, and VISI Incorporated. TDS HMS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems Inc., a Fortune 500® company. TDS HMS is growing rapidly; now employing more than 500 people throughout the U.S. TDS HMS companies specialize in engineering and management of IT infrastructure, including: hosted application management, managed hosting, and ReliaCloud™ enterprise cloud services. TDS HMS owns and operates Tier 3 data centers in Iowa, Minn. and Wis. Visit oneneck.com, vitalsite.com, and visi.com for more information. 

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE: TDS), a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless; broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 7 million customers in 36 states through its business units, U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecommunications Corp. and TDS Hosted & Managed Services. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems and its subsidiaries employ more than 12,000 people. For investment information, visit teldta.com.

Contact:
For more information contact:
DeAnne Boegli
Manager-Public Relations
TDS Hosted & Managed Services
608-664-4428
deanne.boegli@tdstelecom.com

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