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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission


For the Period of September 17, 2004 through September 22, 2004

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TC04-204 In the Matter of the Filing by Hills Telephone Company, Inc. for Designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier.

On September 21, 2004, Hills Telephone Company, Inc. (Hills) submitted a Petition for Designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) pursuant to Section 241(e)(2) of the Telecommunications Act of 1934, as amended (Act), 47 U.S.C. Section 214(e)(2), and Section 54.201 of the Federal Communications Communication (FCC) rules, 47 C.F.R. Section 54.201. Hills requests that it be designated as eligible to receive all available support from the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) including, but not limited to, support for rural, insular and high-cost areas and low-income customers. Section 214(e)(1) of the Act and Section 54.201(d) of the FCC's rules provide that carriers designated as ETCs shall, throughout their service area, (1) offer the services that are supported by federal universal service support mechanisms either using their own facilities or a combination of their own facilities and resale of another carrier's services, and (2) advertise the availability of such services and the charges therefor using media of general distribution. Hills is a full-service wireline communications carrier which will offer all of these services as soon as the sale of the Valley Springs Exchange closes by utilizing the existing facilities and infrastructure currently utilized by Sioux Valley Telephone Company. Hills requests that the Public Utilities Commission: (1) enter an Order designating Hills as an ETC for its requested ETC service area; and (2) certify to the FCC that Hills will use the federal USF support for its intended purposes.

Staff Analyst: Harlan Best

Staff Attorney: Karen E. Cremer

Date Filed: 09/21/04

Intervention Deadline: 09/28/04

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