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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
December 10, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. CST
Room 413, Capitol Building
Pierre, South Dakota

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1.     TC15-063     In the Matter of the Application of Midcontinent Communications for an Amended Certificate of Authority and for a Waiver of ARSD 20:10:32:15 (Staff Analyst: Lorena Reichert; Staff Attorney: Kristen Edwards)

On August 18, 2015, Midcontinent Communications (Midcontinent) filed an Application for an Amended Certificate of Authority, seeking to provide competitive local exchange services in the exchange areas of Bowdle and Roslyn. At that time, Midcontinent also filed an application for Waiver of ARSD 20:10:32:15. On September 4, 2015, the South Dakota Telecommunications Association (SDTA) and Venture Communications Cooperative (Venture) each filed a Petition to Intervene. At the September 15, 2015, Commission meeting, the Commission granted the SDTA and Venture intervention. On September 23, 2015, and October 5, 2015, Midcontinent responded to staff’s first and second data requests. On October 13, 2015, Midcontinent filed an application for an amended certificate of authority to provide local exchange service in Bowdle and Roslyn, as well as Selby, Java, and Roscoe. At that time, Midcontinent also submitted an amended request for interconnection with Venture. On November 11, 2015, Midcontinent responded to staff’s third data request.  This docket was first brought before the Commission for consideration at the December 8, 2015, meeting. It was deferred at that time in order to allow the parties to file a stipulation. On December 9, 2015, Midcontinent and the intervenors filed a joint stipulation.

    TODAY, shall the Commission grant Midcontinent’s request for an Amended Certificate of Authority and Waiver of ARSD 20:10:32:15? OR how shall the Commission proceed?

2.     TC15-065     In the Matter of the Approval of a Wireline Interconnection Agreement between Qwest Corporation dba CenturyLink QC and Vitcom LLC (Staff Analyst: Lorena Reichert; Staff Attorney: Adam de Hueck)

On September 18, 2015, the Commission received a filing for approval of a Wireline Interconnection Agreement between Qwest Corporation and Vitcom LLC for the State of South Dakota. Vitcom LLC has filed a pending Certificate of Authority with the Commission.

    TODAY, shall the Commission Approve the Agreement? OR, how shall the Commission proceed?

/s/Cindy Kemnitz     
Cindy Kemnitz
Finance Manager
PUC Email
December 9, 2015