Qwest recently introduced extended area local calling in portions of South Dakota, due in part to remain competitive. The Northern Hills area of South Dakota has seen its fair share of telecom competition, and some say, Qwest was a little slow to react. A fiber network overbuilder, Black Hills FiberCom, and Midcontinent Cable introduced triple play bundles year’s ago, causing Qwest customers to flee in great numbers. Some say Qwest is too late with their latest offering, but this is a great “microscope” example that competition exists everywhere, including the “heartland.”
Read this Rapid City Journal article for great analysis of this situation.