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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
Friday, January 27, 2006, at 1:30 P.M.
State Capitol Building, Room 464
Pierre, South Dakota
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AGENDA OF THE AD HOC COMMISSION MEETING
1. CT05-001 In the Matter of the Complaint filed by WWC License LLC against Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc., Vivian Telephone Company, Sioux Valley Telephone Company, Armour Independent Telephone Company, Bridgewater Canistota Independent Telephone Company and Kadoka Telephone Company Regarding Intercarrier Billings. (Staff Analyst: Harlan Best, Staff Attorney: Rolayne Ailts Wiest)
On February 16, 2005, WWC License LLC (WWC) filed a complaint against Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc. (Golden West), and Vivian Telephone Company, Sioux Valley Telephone Company, Union Telephone Company, Armour Independent Telephone Company, Bridgewater-Canistota Telephone Company and Kadoka Telephone Company (affiliated companies). On March 8, 2005, Golden West filed an Answer and Counterclaim. The procedural history of the parties' numerous motions, responses thereto and Commission's decisions thereon is set forth in the Commission's order of August 26, 2005. On September 7, 2005, WWC filed an Amended Complaint. The Amended Complaint requests a damages order against Golden West and its affiliates in the total amount of $935,974.13 for overpayments, transiting charges and InterMTA charges billed at intrastate rates, plus interest from June 1, 2005, less credits since June 1, 2005, double damages and attorney fees pursuant to SDCL 49-13-14.1. On September 8, 2005, the Commission issued its Order Setting Procedural Schedule. Golden West filed an Amended Answer and Amended Counterclaim on September 15, 2005. The Amended Counterclaim requests a damages order in favor of Golden West and against WWC for underpayment as a result of the improper and unadjusted InterMTA Factor, interest on all amounts found to be due and costs, disbursements and attorney's fees. The South Dakota Telecommunications Association (SDTA) filed a Petition to Intervene on September 20, 2005. Intervention was granted to SDTA at the October 4, 2005, commission meeting. On January 6, 2006, WWC filed a Motion for Partial Summary Judgment. The Golden West Companies and SDTA filed a Joint Motion in Limine on January 6, 2006. On January 9, 2006, WWC filed a Motion to Compel Production of Discovery Responses. The Commission heard oral arguments on January 17, 2006, regarding the Motion for Partial Summary Judgment and the Motion in Limine.
TODAY, shall the Commission Grant the Motion for Partial Summary Judgment? AND, shall the Commission Grant the Motion in Limine?
Heather K. Forney
Deputy Executive Director
January 25, 2006