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 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
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 FORM 11-K
  __________________________________________________
 
(Mark One)

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ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 30, 2017
OR
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TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from              to             
Commission File Number 1-8519
  __________________________________________________
CINCINNATI BELL
RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN
  __________________________________________________
 CINCINNATI BELL INC.
221 East Fourth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

 



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CINCINNATI BELL RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN
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Financial Statements:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Exhibit 23.1 – Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
 


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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM


To the Participants and Administrator of the
Cincinnati Bell Retirement Savings Plan


Opinion on the Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying statements of net assets available for benefits of the Cincinnati Bell Retirement Savings Plan (the “Plan”) as of December 30, 2017 and 2016, and the related statement of changes in net assets available for benefits for the year ended December 30, 2017, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the financial statements). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the net assets available for benefits of the Plan as of December 30, 2017 and 2016, and the changes in net assets available for benefits for the year ended December 30, 2017, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

Basis for Opinion

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Plan’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Plan’s financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to be independent with respect to the Plan in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Plan is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. As part of our audits we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Plan’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

Supplemental Information

The supplemental information in the accompanying schedule of assets (held at end of year) as of December 30, 2017 has been subjected to audit procedures performed in conjunction with the audit of the Plan’s financial statements. The supplemental information is the responsibility of the Plan’s management. Our audit procedures included determining whether the supplemental information reconciles to the financial statements or the underlying accounting and other records, as applicable, and performing procedures to test the completeness and accuracy of the information presented in the supplemental information. In forming our opinion on the supplemental information, we evaluated whether the supplemental information, including its form and content, is presented in conformity with the Department of Labor’s Rules and Regulations for Reporting and Disclosure under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. In our opinion, the supplemental information is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the financial statements as a whole.

We have served as the Plan’s auditor since 2012.

/s/ Barnes, Dennig & Co., LTD
Cincinnati, Ohio
June 25, 2018



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CINCINNATI BELL RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN
STATEMENTS OF NET ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS
(DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS)
 
 
December 30,
 
2017
 
2016
Investments
 
 
 
Investment in Master Trust
$
289,470

 
$
250,686

Notes Receivable
 
 
 
Participant loans
4,570

 
5,027

Employer contributions receivable
1,500

 
1,300

Net assets available for benefits
$
295,540

 
$
257,013


See Notes to Financial Statements.

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CINCINNATI BELL RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN
STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS AVAILABLE FOR BENEFITS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 30, 2017
(DOLLARS IN THOUSANDS)
 
Net assets available for benefits as of December 30, 2016
$
257,013

 
 
Contributions:
 
Employee (non-rollover)
14,336

Employee (rollover)
4,676

Employer
6,823

Total contributions
25,835

 
 
Employer contributions receivable
200

 
 
Investment gain from Master Trust
45,828

 
 
Interest on participant loans
216

 
 
Transfers from other Company-sponsored plans, net
560

Distributions:
 
Benefits paid to participants
(34,094
)
Administrative expense paid by the Plan
(18
)
Total distributions
(34,112
)
 
 
Net increase in assets available for Plan benefits
38,527

 
 
Net assets available for benefits as of December 30, 2017
$
295,540


See Notes to Financial Statements.

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CINCINNATI BELL RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(1)
Plan Description and Accounting Policies
a.
General: The Cincinnati Bell Retirement Savings Plan (the “Plan”) is sponsored by Cincinnati Bell Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, the “Company” or “Cincinnati Bell”) and administered generally through the Company Employees’ Benefit Committee.
The Plan is, subject to certain exceptions, currently available to all employees of the Company who are not hourly employees. Hourly employees are generally defined as employees either (i) who are represented by a collective bargaining unit (unless the applicable collective bargaining agreement requires their participation in the Plan) or (ii) whose position is an hourly-paid position that is or at any prior time had been otherwise subject to automatic wage progression or covered under the Cincinnati Bell Inc. Savings and Security Plan (an additional plan sponsored by the Company). However, an hourly employee hired on or after February 1, 2008 and in a position described in clause (ii) above, is generally eligible for the Plan.
In addition, certain other classes of employees (including but not limited to co-op students, interns, temporary employees and contingency employees) are ineligible to participate in the Plan.
These Notes to Financial Statements provide a brief description of certain provisions of the Plan, but do not constitute a document under which the Plan is operated. In the event of any conflict between these Notes to Financial Statements and the Plan documents, the Plan documents shall control. Participants must refer to the Plan documents and to the summary plan description for further details of the Plan.
The Plan is subject to the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”).
The financial statements of the Plan are prepared under the accrual method of accounting in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“U.S. GAAP”). The Plan’s fiscal year (the “plan year”) begins each December 31 and ends the following December 30. The Plan’s trustee is Fidelity Management Trust Company (together with its affiliates, “Fidelity”).
In accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 962 - Plan Accounting - Defined Contribution Pension Plans, the Statement of Net Assets Available for Benefits presents the fair value of the Plan’s investments. In addition, the Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits is presented on a fair value basis.
b.
Employee Contributions: Upon commencement of employment by the Company, the Plan generally permits each participant to contribute each pay period any amount that is a whole percent up to a maximum of 75% of the participant’s plan compensation. A participant’s plan compensation for each plan year is only considered up to the maximum per the Code, which was $270,000 for the plan year ended December 30, 2017.
A participant’s contributions to the Plan can be made either on a before-tax basis or as Roth contributions. Roth contributions are made on an after-tax basis, but the earnings on such contributions can be paid later to the participant on a tax-free basis if certain conditions are met.
The Plan provides for newly eligible participants to be automatically enrolled into the Plan and contribute 3% of their plan compensation, which is invested in the Plan’s default investment option, an age specific Vanguard Target Retirement Fund. Plan participants may elect to change their contribution and investment elections or discontinue participation in the Plan at any time.
The amount of a participant’s combined before-tax and Roth contributions for any calendar year generally cannot exceed $18,000, the legal limit in 2017. If the participant is age 50 or older by the end of the calendar year, the participant is also allowed to make additional combined before-tax and Roth contributions up to $6,000, the maximum amount per the Code in 2017. The amount of a participant’s contributions is subject to additional provisions under the Code, which could further limit the amount of a participant’s contributions for any plan year. However, by reason of certain “safe harbor” conditions having been met, a Code provision restricting the average level of participant contributions made by highly compensated employees was automatically met by the Plan for the Plan's years ended December 30, 2017 and 2016.

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Participant contributions are allocated to the participant’s account under the Plan (“Plan account”). A participant is always fully vested in the part of the Plan account attributable to employee contributions.
Except as noted above with respect to Roth contributions, a participant is generally not subject to federal income tax on the amount of employee contributions to the Plan or on the earnings on those contributions until the amounts are distributed from the Plan to the participant.
c.
Employer Contributions: Under the current terms of the Plan (which applied to all pay periods occurring in the Plan's plan year ending December 30, 2017) the Company made matching contributions for each participant in an amount equal to the sum of: (i) 100% of the portion of the participant's contributions to the Plan for such pay period that were not in excess of 3% of his or her plan compensation for such pay period, and (ii) 50% of the portion of his or her contributions to the Plan for such pay period that were in excess of 3% but not in excess of 5% of the participant's plan compensation for such pay period. The amount of matching contributions made for a participant is subject to additional provisions under the Code, which could limit the amount of the matching contributions made for a participant for any plan year. However, by reason of certain “safe harbor” conditions having been met, a Code provision restricting the average level of matching contributions made for highly compensated employees was automatically met by the Plan for the Plan's years ended December 30, 2017 and 2016.
Matching contributions are generally made on a bi-weekly basis under the current practice of the Company and must be made by the end of the first full month that ends after the participants' related contributions are made.
The Company's matching contributions for a participant are allocated to the participant's Plan account. In general, a participant is fully vested in the part of the Plan account attributable to the Company's matching contributions.
As of December 30, 2017 and 2016, the Plan recorded a contribution receivable from the Company, which estimated historical contributions associated with certain wages. The carrying value of these receivables approximates fair value.        
A participant is generally not subject to federal income tax on the amount of the matching contributions or on the earnings on these contributions until the amounts are distributed from the Plan to the participant.
d.
Rollovers: A participant may elect to rollover to the Plan an otherwise taxable distribution from another employer’s tax-qualified savings, profit sharing, or other employer plan, if the distribution meets certain conditions set forth in the Plan and the Code.
Any rollover contributions are allocated to the participant’s Plan account. A participant is always fully vested in the part of the Plan account attributable to rollover contributions.
A participant is generally not subject to federal income tax on the rollover contributions or on the earnings on the rollover contributions until the amounts are distributed from the Plan to the participant.
e.
Employee-Directed Investments: A participant can specify the manner in which contributions made by or for the participant to the Plan shall be invested in the available funds under the Plan and may elect to change the funds to which future contributions are allocated and transfer amounts held in the participant’s Plan account from one fund to another.
f.
Distributions to Participants: A participant may receive a distribution of all or a portion of the Plan account while employed by the Company, only in certain circumstances.
In general, a participant, while still employed by the Company, may withdraw, for any reason, the part of the Plan account attributable to: regular (non-Roth) after-tax contributions (prior to December 20, 2004, the Plan accepted regular (non-Roth) after-tax contributions); rollover contributions; and the Company’s matching contributions made for plan years that ended before December 31, 2000.

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Further, a participant, while still employed by the Company, can withdraw amounts that are attributable to before-tax or Roth contributions if the withdrawal is required by reason of the participant’s hardship situation, which meets the rules set forth in the Plan concerning hardship withdrawals, or if the participant has reached at least age 59 1/2. Any hardship withdrawal does not include the earnings on before-tax or Roth contributions that were allocated after December 31, 1988. Effective for plan years beginning on or after December 31, 2017, a participant who has reached 59 1/2 can withdraw his or her entire Plan account.
Other than for the withdrawals described above, the distribution of a participant’s Plan account will generally occur only after the participant’s employment with the Company has terminated for any reason, including retirement, discharge, termination, disability, or death.
If the value of the participant’s Plan account is $1,000 or less, the participant’s account can be distributed, within a reasonable administrative period, in a lump sum and without the consent of the participant after the participant’s employment with the Company ends for any reason.
g.
Participant Loans: Loans are available from the Plan to participants under the current provisions and policies of the Plan. Loans are subject to several conditions, certain of which are described below.
A participant cannot have more than two outstanding loans from the Plan at any time. The minimum amount of any loan to a participant is $1,000, while the maximum amount cannot exceed the lesser of (i) 50% of the vested balance of the participant’s Plan account or (ii) $50,000 reduced by the highest outstanding balance of loans made to the participant from the Plan and other plans of the Company during the one year period preceding the new loan date.
The Company's Employees’ Benefit Committee determines the interest rate charged by the Plan on a loan made to a participant. In general, the interest rate is based on the prime rate plus 1.0% at the time the loan is made. As of December 30, 2017, interest rates on loans made under the Plan ranged between 4.3% and 5.3% per annum. For the Plan year ended December 30, 2017, a participant also paid to Fidelity a $35 origination fee for processing a new Plan loan and a $15 annual maintenance fee for the life of the loan.
In general, any loan to a participant must be repaid through payroll deductions and be collateralized by up to 50% of the participant’s Plan account. The minimum term of any loan to a participant is 6 months, and the maximum term of a loan is generally 60 months. A participant may extend the term of the loan to a maximum of 30 years, if the loan is acquired to provide the participant with funds to purchase a primary residence.

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h.
 Investments: As of December 30, 2017, the following funds were available for investment under the Plan:
American Funds EuroPacific Growth Fund
Cincinnati Bell Inc. Common Stock Fund*
Dimensional Fund Advisors US Small Cap I
Fidelity 500 Index Fund Institutional Class*
Fidelity Government Money Market Fund*
Fidelity Growth Company Fund*
Fidelity International Discovery Fund Class K*
Fidelity Managed Income Portfolio II Class 1*
Fidelity Mid-Cap Stock Fund Class K*
PIMCO Total Return Fund
Vanguard Balanced Index Fund
Vanguard Mid-Cap Value Index Fund
Vanguard Target Retirement 2015 Fund
Vanguard Target Retirement 2020 Fund
Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 Fund
Vanguard Target Retirement 2030 Fund
Vanguard Target Retirement 2035 Fund
Vanguard Target Retirement 2040 Fund
Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 Fund
Vanguard Target Retirement 2050 Fund
Vanguard Target Retirement 2055 Fund
Vanguard Target Retirement 2060 Fund
Vanguard Target Retirement 2065 Fund
Vanguard Target Retirement Income Fund
Vanguard Windsor II Fund
*     Party-in-interest funds
Purchases and sales of securities are reflected as of the trade date. Dividend income is recorded on the ex-dividend date. Income from other investments is recorded on an accrual basis.
Management fees and operating expenses charged to the Plan for investments in the mutual funds are deducted from income earned on a daily basis and are not separately reflected. Consequently, management fees and operating expenses are reflected as a reduction of investment return for such investments.
i.
Administrative Expenses: Administrative expenses that are not clearly related to a specific investment fund may be paid by the Company.  However, the Plan permits certain of these expenses to be paid from Plan assets.
j.
Forfeitures: Any amounts forfeited by participants under the Plan (for instance, because such participants cannot be located) are applied to reduce subsequent contributions of the Company to the Plan. During 2017, $6,116 of forfeited funds were used to reduce employer contributions. At December 30, 2017 and 2016, unapplied forfeited amounts totaled $794 and $66, respectively.

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NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

k.
Transfer to/from Other Plans: If a Plan participant becomes a participant of the Cincinnati Bell Inc. Savings and Security Plan, another defined contribution plan sponsored by the Company, or if a participant of the Cincinnati Bell Inc. Savings and Security Plan becomes a participant of the Plan, the Plan account balance is generally transferred to and assumed by the recipient plan. These transfers are included in “Transfers from other Company-sponsored plans, net” on the Statement of Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits.
l.
Uncertain Tax Positions: U.S. GAAP requires Plan management to evaluate tax positions taken by the Plan and recognize a tax liability if the Plan has taken an uncertain position that more likely than not would not be sustained upon examination by the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"). There are no uncertain tax positions taken or expected to be taken that would require recognition of a liability or disclosure in the financial statements. The Plan is not currently under audit by any taxing jurisdictions.
m.
Use of Estimates: The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management of the Plan to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of Net Assets Available for Benefits and the reported Changes in Net Assets Available for Benefits during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from these estimates.
(2)
Fair Value Measurements
The Plan’s investments in the Master Trust are stated at fair value. Mutual funds of the Plan are valued using the quoted market prices of the shares of each applicable mutual fund. The value of the Plan’s Cincinnati Bell Inc. Common Stock Fund was determined by the ending share values as last published by the New York Stock Exchange on December 30, 2017 and 2016. Common collective trust funds are based on the NAV of units of a collective trust as published by the trustee.
Certain events limit the ability of the Plan to transact with the participants at fair value of the Fidelity Managed Income Portfolio II Fund, a common collective trust. Such events include the following: (a) amendments to the Plan documents (including complete or partial plan termination or merger with another plan), (b) changes to the Plan’s prohibition on competing investment options or deletion of equity wash provisions, (c) bankruptcy of the plan sponsor or other plan sponsor events (e.g., divestitures or spin-offs of a subsidiary) which cause a significant withdrawal from the Plan, or (d) the failure of the Plan to qualify for exemption from federal income taxes or any other prohibited transaction exception under ERISA. The Plan Administrator does not believe that the occurrence of any such event, which would limit the Plan’s ability to transact with the participants, is probable.
ASC 820 established a three-tier fair value hierarchy, which prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair value as follows:
Level 1 - Quoted market prices for identical instruments in an active market;
Level 2 - Quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets, quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active, inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the asset or liability (i.e., interest rates, yield curves, etc.), and inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data by correlation or other means (market corroborated inputs); and
Level 3 - Unobservable inputs that reflect management's determination of assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability. These inputs are developed based on the best information available, including our own data.


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There were no significant transfers between the fair value hierarchy levels in the year ended December 30, 2017. At December 30, 2017 and 2016, the fair value and placement in the fair value hierarchy of the underlying assets of the Master Trust that are required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis are as follows:
 
Assets at Fair Value as of December 30, 2017
(dollars in thousands)
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
Mutual funds
$
351,252

 
$

 
$

 
$
351,252

Common collective trust funds

 
18,949

 

 
18,949

Common stock of Cincinnati Bell Inc.
11,152

 

 

 
11,152

Total assets at fair value
$
362,404


$
18,949


$


$
381,353


 
Assets at Fair Value as of December 30, 2016
(dollars in thousands)
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
Mutual funds
$
275,977

 
$

 
$

 
$
275,977

Common collective trust funds

 
47,062

 

 
47,062

Common stock of Cincinnati Bell Inc.
13,972

 

 

 
13,972

Total assets at fair value
$
289,949


$
47,062


$


$
337,011

(3)
Interest in Master Trust
At December 30, 2017 and 2016, the Plan’s assets were held by the Master Trust. The Master Trust holds only the assets of the Plan and the Cincinnati Bell Inc. Savings and Security Plan.

The purpose of the Master Trust is the collective investment of assets of the Plan and the Cincinnati Bell Inc. Savings and Security Plan (collectively the “Savings Plans”). Master Trust assets are allocated to the Savings Plans by assigning to each plan those transactions (primarily contributions and benefit payments) which can be specifically identified to that Savings Plan. When applicable, net investment income, gains and losses, and expenses resulting from the collective investment of the assets are allocated to the Savings Plans in proportion to the fair value of the assets allocated to the Savings Plans.

The following table presents the fair value of the total net assets held by the Master Trust and the the Plan's divided interest in the Master Trust at December 30, 2017 and 2016: 
 
December 30, 2017
 
December 30, 2016
(dollars in thousands)
Master Trust Balances
 
Plan's Interest in Master Trust Balances
 
Master Trust Balances
 
Plan's Interest in Master Trust Balances
Mutual funds
$
351,252

 
$
269,357

 
$
275,977

 
$
207,980

Common collective trust funds
18,949

 
13,137

 
47,062

 
34,287

Common shares of Cincinnati Bell Inc.
11,152

 
6,976

 
13,972

 
8,419

Total investments at fair value
$
381,353

 
$
289,470

 
$
337,011

 
$
250,686

During the plan year ended December 30, 2017, realized and unrealized gains and interest and dividends on investments held by the Master Trust and the Plan were as follows:
 
Gain on Investments
 
Interest and
Dividends
(dollars in thousands)
Realized
 
Unrealized
 
Investments held by the Master Trust
$
11,299

 
$
35,420

 
$
13,367

Plan's interest in investments held by the Master Trust

$
8,726

 
$
27,065

 
$
10,037






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(4)
Amendment or Termination of the Plan
While the Company has not expressed any intent to terminate the Plan, it reserves the right to amend or terminate the Plan at any time.

(5)
Tax Status
The IRS issued on August 23, 2017, a favorable determination that the Plan meets the requirements of Section 401(a) of the Code and is exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(a) of the Code. Although the Plan has been amended since receiving the determination letter, the Plan administrator and the Plan’s tax counsel believe that the Plan is designed, and is currently being operated, in compliance with the applicable requirements of the IRC and, therefore, believe that the Plan is qualified, and the related trust is tax-exempt.

(6)
Related Party Transactions
The Plan invests in the Master Trust, and the Master Trust’s investments include shares of Cincinnati Bell Inc. common stock and shares of mutual funds managed by Fidelity. Cincinnati Bell is the sponsor and administrator of the Plan, and Fidelity is the Plan’s trustee. Therefore, these investments qualify as party-in-interest transactions. Fees paid by the Plan to these parties-in-interest for the plan year were $18,475.
The amount of common stock of Cincinnati Bell Inc. held in the Master Trust for the Plan was 334,535 and 376,662 shares with a cost basis of $7,938,077 and $8,967,488 at December 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

(7)
Concentrations, Risks, and Uncertainties
The Master Trust has a significant concentration of investments in Cincinnati Bell Inc. common stock. A change in the value of the stock could cause the value of the Plan’s net assets to change significantly due to this concentration.
The Plan provides for various investment options in money market funds, mutual funds, commingled funds, and Cincinnati Bell Inc. common stock. Investment securities, in general, are exposed to various risks, such as interest rate, credit, and overall market volatility. Due to the level of risk associated with certain investment securities, it is reasonably possible that changes in the values of investment securities will occur in the near term, and those changes could materially affect the amounts reported in the Statements of Net Assets Available for Benefits.
(8)    Subsequent Events
On October 2, 2017, the Company acquired 100% of OnX Holdings LLC ("OnX"), a privately held company that provides technology services and solutions to enterprise customers in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Effective December 31, 2017 the OnX 401(k) Plan was merged into the Plan and OnX employees began participating in the Plan effective January 1, 2018. Assets previously held by the OnX 401(k) Plan in the amount of $32,768,567, net of notes receivable from participants, were transferred to the Plan's Master Trust on March 28, 2018.
The Plan has evaluated events that have occurred subsequent to December 30, 2017 through June 25, 2018, which is the date the financial statements were available to be issued. Other than the information disclosed above, there were no reportable events.


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SCHEDULE H, LINE 4i - SCHEDULE OF ASSETS (HELD AT END OF YEAR)
DECEMBER 30, 2017
FORM 5500 SCHEDULE H (FORM 5500)
EIN 31-1056105
PLAN NUMBER - 002
(Dollars in thousands)
 
Issuer
Description of Investment
 
Current Value
 
 
 
 
Participant loans*
12 to 360 months (4.3% - 5.3%)
 
$
4,570

 
*
Party-in-interest

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SIGNATURE
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the trustees (or other persons who administer the employee benefit plan) have duly caused this annual report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN
 
By: Cincinnati Bell Inc.
 
 
June 25, 2018
/s/ Sarah E. Simpson
 
By: Sarah E. Simpson
 
Employees’ Benefit Committee

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EXHIBIT INDEX
 
Exhibit
Number
  
Description
 
 
23.1
  
Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm - Barnes, Dennig & Co., LTD


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Exhibit 23.1
CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

The Plan Administrator of the
Cincinnati Bell Retirement Savings Plan

We consent to the incorporation by reference in the Registration Statement (No. 333-192225) on Form S-8 of Cincinnati Bell Inc. of our report dated June 25, 2018, with respect to the statements of net assets available for benefits of Cincinnati Bell Retirement Savings Plan as of December 30, 2017 and 2016, the related statement of changes in net assets available for benefits for the year ended December 30, 2017, and the related supplemental schedule as of December 30, 2017, which report appears in the December 30, 2017 annual report on Form 11-K of Cincinnati Bell Retirement Savings Plan.


Cincinnati, Ohio
June 25, 2018