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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting

Monday, July 7, 2003, at 1:30 P.M.
State Capitol Building, Room 412
Pierre, South Dakota

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1. TC03-057 In the Matter of the Application of Qwest Corporation to Reclassify Local Exchange Services as Fully Competitive. (Staff Analyst: Harlan Best, Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer)

On March 14, 2003, pursuant to SDCL 49-31-3.2 and ARSD 20:10:24:11 Qwest Corporation filed with the Public Utilities Commission a request to reclassify local exchange and other related services as fully competitive in all Qwest exchanges in South Dakota. On April 15, 2003, intervention was granted to Black Hills FiberCom, LLC, Northern Valley Communications, LLC, Midcontinent Communications, PrairieWave Telecommunications, Inc., PrairieWave Community Telephone, Inc., Midstate Telecom, Inc., the South Dakota Telecommunication Association, and WorldCom. On May 22, 2003, Qwest filed its Motion to Apportion Deposit. On June 24, 2003, Qwest filed a Motion to Compel Discovery and a Motion to Reduce Time to Respond to Discovery. On June 26, 2003, PrairieWave filed a Motion for a Protective Order from the discovery sought by Qwest in its Motion to Compel. Intervenor Black Hills FiberCom, LLC filed a Response to Qwest Corporation's Motion to Compel Discovery and Motion for Protective Order on June 30, 2003. Midcontinent Communications filed a Motion for a Protective Order on July 1, 2003. Qwest's Motion to Reduce Time to Respond to Discovery was granted on July 1, 2003. PrairieWave Telecommunications, Inc. filed a Motion to Dismiss on July 3, 2003. Midstate Telecom, Inc. and Northern Valley Communications, LLC filed Motions for Protective Order on July 3, 2003.

TODAY, shall the Commission grant Qwest's Motion to Compel Discovery? AND, shall the Commission grant any or all Motions for Protective Order filed by PrairieWave, Black Hills FiberCom, Midcontinent Communications, Midstate Telecom, and Northern Valley Communications? AND, shall the Commission grant PrairieWave's Motion to Dismiss?

Heather K. Forney
Deputy Executive Director
July 3, 2003