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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission

State Capitol 500 E. Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Phone: (800) 332-1782
Fax: (605) 773-3809

These are the telecommunications service filings that the Commission has received for the period of: 03/21/97 through 03/27/97

If you need a complete copy of a filing faxed, overnight expressed, or mailed to you, please contact Delaine Kolbo within five days of this filing.


TC97-031 Application by RSL COM U.S.A., Inc. for a Certificate of Authority to operate as a telecommunications company within the state of South Dakota. (Staff: TS/KC)

"RSL proposes to offer four types of service: presubscribed direct dial interexchange service, ...; inbound Wide Area Telecommunications Service; Directory Assistance; and Prepaid Card Service."

Date Filed: 03/27/97

Intervention Deadline: 04/11/97


TC97-030 Dakota Cooperative Telecommunications, Inc., Dakota Telecom, Inc. and Dakota Telecommunications Systems, Inc. (collectively, Dakota) filed a petition with the Commission "requesting that the Commission take the steps necessary to implement the Regulations relating to the Universal Service Fund which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must have ready by May 8, 1997.

Specifically, Dakota is requesting that it be designated as an Eligible Telecommunications Company, as that term is used in 47 USC 214 (e) (1), for the following exchanges: Alsen (253), Beresford Rural (957), Chancellor (647), Davis (238), Flyger (327), Gayville (267), Hurley (238), Irene (263), Lennox (647), Monroe (297), Parker (297), Volin (267), Wakonda (267) and Worthing (372). Dakota offers services throughout these territories and will, once final rules are adopted by the FCC, continue to offer services that are supported by Federal universal service support mechanisms and as supplemented by State regulations under section 254 (f) of the Telecommunications Act, as amended. To provide these services in these exchanges, Dakota will use its own facilities. Dakota has previously, and will continue to advertise the availability of its services in media of general distribution. Prior to this filing, Dakota has not advertised its prices as part of its marketing, but makes those rates known upon inquiry. Dakota further requests that the Commission establish a "service area" as that term is defined in 47 USC 214 (e) (5) for Dakota. Due to the compact and contiguous nature of Dakota's traditional service area, Dakota requests that the Commission designate Dakota's present study area as its service area." (Staff: HB/CH)

Date Filed: 03/26/97

Intervention Deadline: 04/11/97


TC97-029 McLeodUSA Telecommunications Services, Inc. filed its tariff to offer local exchange service in the Aberdeen, Pierre-Fort Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and North Sioux City exchanges in South Dakota. The tariff includes general rules and regulations, description of services offered, and rates and charges. (Staff: HB/KC)

Date Filed: 03/21/97

Intervention Deadline: 04/11/97


TC97-028 Netway Advertising vs Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative.

"Netway Advertising is an Internet Advertising Agency and an Internet Provider in White River, SD. We have a 56K line row running from our own T1 in Sioux Falls. We installed our 56K line in November of 95. It ran from Uunet in Chicago. Then in December we switched it to our own T1 in Sioux Falls. Our installation fee in November of 95 from Golden West was 50.00. Our installation fee to switch to our own T1 in Sioux Falls in December was $600.00. Amazing since we are in competition with Golden West how our installation charges increased. The line was physically placed in November of 95. All they did in December of 96 was make a switch at their terminal. Also, our per monthly line fee up until December of 96 was 0.00. Now, in January they sent us a bill for $197.55 for our 56K line. U S WEST charges $1.15 per mile for a 56K line. Golden West charges $2.15 per mile. How is it that a non-profit federally financed cooperative can make more money than WEST. These charges are outrageous and should be outlawed. I want these fees to stop....I want Golden West to understand that they can't try to put their competition out of business. Our line fees are completely out of line with other phone companies and they need to stop. I want my $600.00 installation fee returned and our line fees lowered. (Staff: LH/KC)

Date Filed: 03/24/97


(The Commission will be discontinuing this portion of the Fax Filing with this issue.)

Least Cost Routing, Inc. d/b/a Long Distance Charges filed to increase the peak usage rate for its LDC Switched 800 Service. The revision is effective March 25, 1997.

Date Filed: 03/24/97

Atlas Communications, Ltd. filed to introduce new rate plans to its Switched Inbound Usage Rates, Switched Outbound Usage Rates, and Calling Card Usage Rates. The revisions are effective April 28, 1997.

Date Filed: 03/25/97

POPP Telcom Incorporated filed to modify its usage rates for a number of products offered. The revisions are effective May 1, 1997.

Date Filed: 03/26/97

McLeodUSA Telecommunications Services, Inc. filed its tariff to offer long distance service in South Dakota. The tariff is effective March 24, 1997.

Date Filed: 03/21/97

USA Global Link, Inc. filed to increase the surcharge for LEC Billed Measured Service and to increase the Directory Assistance rate. The revisions are effective March 24, 1997.

Date Filed: 03/20/97

WorldCom, Inc. filed to increase the surcharge for LEC Billed Measured Service, OnLine Card Service, EasyAnswer Service, Other Service Arrangements, and Directory Assistance and to adjust the Peak and Off-peak periods for selected service offerings. The revisions are effective March 24, 1997.

Date Filed: 03/20/97

Important Notice: The Commission is compiling a list of internet addresses. If you have an internet address please notify the Commission by: E-mailing it to Terry Norum at: Faxing the address to the Commission at: 605-773-3809