• On May 1, 2012, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (SDPUC) granted waivers to several local exchange carriers (LECs) from rules governing switched access rates. On March 2, 2012, the South Dakota Telecommunications Association, the Local Exchange Carriers Association, and Qwest Corp. d/b/a CenturyLink QC applied for a waiver of South Dakota Administrative Rules 20:10:29:10, 20:10:29:12, and 20:10:29:16 that require LECs to tariff rates that are equal for both originating and terminating intrastate access services. In their application, the carriers argued that the FCC’s Universal Service and Intercarrier Compensation Reform Order, FCC 11-161 (Nov. 18, 2011), addressed only terminating end office switching and certain transport rates elements. Although intrastate terminating access charges are now subject to the FCC’s adopted “transition path” to bill-and-keep, they argued, the FCC did not adopt any “transition path” for originating access rates. As such, the carriers would have been required to reduce their intrastate originating switched access rates in order to keep these rates equal to their terminating rates. In its order granting the waivers, the SDPUC suspended the provisions in Rules 20:10:29:10, 20:10:29:12, and 20:10:29:16 that state “[t]he per minute charge is equal for both originating and terminating traffic.” Docket No. TC12-027.