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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting

Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 9:30 A.M.
State Capitol Building, Room 412
Pierre, South Dakota

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1. TC04-077 In the Matter of the Petition of James Valley Cooperative Telephone Company for Suspension of Intermodal Local Number Portability Obligations. (Staff Analyst: Harlan Best, Staff Attorney: Rolayne Ailts Wiest)

On April 14, 2004, James Valley Cooperative Telephone Company (James Valley) filed a petition seeking suspension or modification of Section 251(b)(2) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 regarding intermodal (wireline to wireless) number portability. James Valley also is seeking an immediate suspension of Section 251(b)(2) pending the Commission's consideration of the suspension request until six (6) months following the Commission's decision. According to James Valley, it has received requests for LNP from Verizon Wireless, Western Wireless, and RCC Wireless. James Valley states that it is a small telephone company that serves less than two percent of the nation's subscriber lines installed in the aggregate nationwide, therefore under Section 251(f)(2) James Valley may petition the Commission for suspension or modification of its obligation to implement LNP within six months of a request to deploy LNP. James Valley "requests the Commission to (1) issue an interim order that suspends any obligation that may exist for James Valley to provide LNP until six months after entry of a final order herein; (2) issue a final order that grants a permanent suspension for James Valley's obligation to implement LNP until the conditions are met as described herein; and (3) grant James Valley such other and further relief that may be proper." WWC License LLC filed a Petition to Intervene on April 27, 2004. The South Dakota Telecommunications Association (SDTA) filed a Petition to Intervene on April 28, 2004. On May 6, 2004, Midcontinent Communications filed a Petition for Late Filed Intervention.

TODAY, shall the Commission grant Midcontinent's Petition for Late Filed Intervention?

Heather K. Forney
Deputy Executive Director
May 7, 2004