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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting

Tuesday, November 1, 2005, at 1:30 P.M.

State Capitol Building, Room 412

Pierre, South Dakota


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1.     TC05-137         In the Matter of the Joint Petition for Extension of Suspension Date and the Date to File Further Suspension Request. (Staff Analyst: Harlan Best, Staff Attorney: Rolayne Ailts Wiest)

The following Petitioners, Kennebec Telephone Company, Santel Communications Cooperative, Sioux Valley Telephone Company, Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc. (and Vivian Telephone Company and Kadoka Telephone Company), Armour Independent Telephone Company (and Bridgewater-Canistota Independent Telephone Company and Union Telephone Company), Swiftel Communications, Beresford Municipal Telephone Company, McCook Cooperative Telephone Company, Valley Telecommunications Cooperative Association, Inc., Faith Municipal Telephone Company, Midstate Communications, Inc., Western Telephone Company, Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc., Alliance Communications Cooperative, Inc. and Splitrock Properties, Inc., Roberts County Telephone Cooperative Association and RC Communications, Inc., Venture Communications Cooperative, West River Cooperative Telephone Company, Stockholm-Strandburg Telephone Company, and Tri-County Telcom, Inc., request that the Commission extend the suspension of intramodal and intermodal Local Number Portability (LNP) for each Petitioner until six months after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) completes its final regulatory flexibility analysis and publishes it in accordance with 5 U.S.C. Section 604(b). Petitioners further request that, should they wish to continue the suspension beyond the six month period, the Commission extend the time for filing such a petition for suspension until three months after the FCC completes its final regulatory flexibility analysis and publishes it in accordance with 5 U.S.C. Section 604(b). On August 15, 2005, the South Dakota Telecommunications Association (SDTA) filed a Petition for Intervention. Midcontinent Communications (Midcontinent) filed a Petition to Intervene on August 18, 2005. WWC License LLC d/b/a CellularOne (WWC) filed a Petition to Intervene on August 25, 2005.  On October 25, 2005, the Petitioners filed a Motion to Limit the Scope of Issues.


TODAY, shall the Commission Grant the Motion to Limit the Scope of Issues?


Heather K. Forney

Deputy Executive Director

October 26, 2005