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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting

Monday, March 15, 2004 at 3:00 P.M.
Floyd Matthews Training Center, Pierre, South Dakota

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1. TC03-191 In the Matter of the Filing by WWC Holding Co., Inc. d/b/a CellularOne for Designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier in Other Rural Areas. (Staff Analyst: Harlan Best, Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer)

On November 5, 2003, WWC Holding Co., Inc., d/b/a CellularOne (Western Wireless) filed a petition to be designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) for purposes of qualifying to obtain federal universal service support in the study areas of certain rural telephone companies. This petition seeks an order immediately designating Western Wireless as an ETC in the study areas of the following rural telephone companies: Golden West Telephone Cooperative Inc., James Valley Cooperative Telephone Company, Splitrock Properties Inc., Sully Buttes Telephone Cooperative Inc., Tri-County Telecom Inc., Vivian Telephone Co., West River Telecommunications Coop (Mobridge) - SD, and West River Telecommunications Cooperative - SD. On November 21, 2003, James Valley Coop Telephone, SDTA, Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, Alliance Communications Cooperative, Inc., and Splitrock Properties, Inc., Vivian Telephone Company, Venture Communications Cooperative, Tri-County Telecom, Inc., and West River Telecommunications Cooperative (Hazen, ND) filed for intervention. The Commission granted intervention to all parties that filed a December 2, 2003, meeting. On January 2, 2004, WWC filed a Motion to Amend Petition. The Commission granted WWC's Motion to Amend Petition a regularly scheduled meeting on January 20, 2004. An Order For and Notice of Procedural Schedule and Hearing was issued on February 13, 2004. On March 5, 2004, the Intervenors filed a Motion to Compel Discovery and a Motion to Expand Procedural Schedule.

TODAY, shall the Commission grant the Intervenors' Motion to Compel Discovery? AND, shall the Commission grant the Intervenors' Motion to Expand Procedural Schedule?

Heather K. Forney
Deputy Executive Director
March 11, 2004