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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
For the Period August 14, 2008 through August 20, 2008

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TC08-105        In the Matter of the Application of Midcontinent Communications for Approval to Provide Local Exchange Service in a Rural Service Area

On August 14, 2008, Midcontinent Communications (Midcontinent) filed an application to amend its certificate of authority to provide local exchange service in the Crooks and Baltic exchanges of Alliance Communications (Alliance), a rural telecommunications carrier. In the Crooks and Baltic exchanges Midcontinent will use Alliance resold services for residential telephone services. In addition to providing local exchange services for commercial and residential customers, Midcontinent also will provide intrastate interexchange services for commercial and residential customers and interstate interexchange services for commercial and residential customers.  In the Crooks and Baltic exchanges Midcontinent Communications will use a hybrid fiber coax (HFC) network of its cable plant to provide primary transport for residential and commercial telephone services. This application is a competitive response to the provision of video programming in the geographical area by the incumbent carrier, Alliance.  Section 47 U.S.C. 251(f)(1)(C) is applicable to the application. As such, the exemption provided by 47 U.S.C. 251(f)(1)(A) does not apply to Alliance. Midcontinent has requested interconnection pursuant to 47 U.S.C. Section 251(f)(1)(A) with Alliance, requests confidential treatment of its financial information, and requests a waiver from providing services to the entire Alliance service area to provide local exchange service in the Baltic and Crooks exchanges of Alliance.   

Utility Analyst: Terri LaBrie Baker
Staff Attorney: Karen E. Cremer
Date Docketed: 08/14/08
Intervention Deadline: 09/05//08

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