Staying in Touch in South Dakota

Why can’t we all just get along? It would seem as though some SD telcos are fighting with the national folks over a diminishing user base (and revenue stream):

Three South Dakota companies that provide local telephone access in rural areas are trading lawsuits with four national long-distance companies over a practice that stems largely from more people switching to cell phones.

The local exchange carriers say the big businesses aren’t paying their bills — more than $13 million and counting. But AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and Qwest, which pay the local carriers, accuse them of driving up costs by flooding lines with teleconference calls and other services.