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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission

State Capitol 500 E. Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Phone: (605) 773-3705
Fax: (605) 773-3809

These are the telecommunications service filings that the Commission has received for the period of: 07/03/98 through 07/09/98

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.


TC98-126 Application by Network Services, Inc. for a Certificate of Authority to operate as a telecommunications company within the state of South Dakota. (Staff: TS/CH)

"The Applicant proposes to offer 1+ and 101XXXX direct dialing, 800/888 inbound Toll-Free, and travel card service through the resale of telephone services provided by facilities-based interexchange carriers."

Date Filed: 07/06/98
Intervention Deadline: 07/24/98


TC98-127 In the Matter of the Complaint filed by Tel-Save, Inc., against U S WEST Communications, Inc., regarding Violation of Sections 201(b) and 202 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and Violation of S.D. Codified Laws Section 49-31-11.

Tel-Save requests that the Commission order U S WEST to cease and desist from imposing unreasonable requirements on lifting of customer PIC freezes, requiring that U S WEST accept e-mailed requests to lift PIC freezes, both directly from end-user customers and as forwarded by TSI; and providing such other and further relief as the Commission deems necessary and appropriate.

Date Filed: 07/06/98

TC98-128 Paul Malsom vs U S WEST Communications.

"My complaint is toward U S WEST Communications. I am no longer a customer of U S WEST. My telephone service is with McLeodUSA. The problem is McLeodUSA just rents the telephone line from U S WEST. U S WEST does all of the repairs and service work on the lines and switch boards. My problems have been occurring for approximately ten years. My phone is out of service quite often. I lose my service almost once a month. Moisture seems to be the biggest problem. When the phone is out, it usually is two days before service is restored. Recently my phone will ring once, then stop. When you pick up the phone, nobody is there. This occurs sometimes often during the day or night. My phone almost always has some static in the background. I am an internet customer also. When the static is high, I cannot connect. Also the static disconnects me quite often. As a farmer, the internet is very important to my business. I use the internet to keep track of markets and weather conditions. I am also concerned about what would happen in case of a farm accident or an emergency. We live 25 miles from the nearest hospital. If our phone is out, we have no way to contact emergency help. Usually when our phone is out, the neighbors' is also out of service. From what I understand, my phone system is outdated. The lines' insulation is also brittle and weathered. The system that I have is not capable of caller ID. I feel if other customers in our area can get that option, I should also be able to." The complainant requested the following relief: "I think U S WEST should update our phone system. Whatever it takes to solve our phone problems and make it more reliable. Possibly new lines and new switching systems. We are still on an old party line type system." (Staff: LH/EM)

Date Filed: 07/07/98