Just as it enters into a merger agreement with CenturyLink, Qwest will now see a new competitor vying for voice customers in its South Dakota territory. That competitor's name is South Dakota Networks (SDN).
SDN, a company owned and run by 18 South Dakota-based rural service providers and cooperatives, secured approval to offer local service from the state's Public Utilities Commission. The service provider will offer a mix of VoIP and reselling traditional Qwest PSTN services.
Customers will be able to purchase SDN voice services as part of a broadband Internet bundle, while long-distance voice will be made available through SDN's reseller Express Communications. Right now, SDN is in the process of hammering out a three-year interconnection agreement with Qwest to provide the voice services.
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