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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
December 4, 2012, at 9:30 A.M. CST
Room 414, Capitol Building
Pierre, South Dakota

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ADDENDUM TO AGENDA OF COMMISSION MEETING

Telecommunications

1.     TC12-133     In the Matter of the Petition of Midstate Telecom for Approval of its Cost Based Switched Access Rates and for a Phase-In (Staff Analyst: Patrick Steffensen, Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer)

On September 10, 2012, Midstate Telecom, Inc. (Midstate) filed a petition for approval of its new intrastate switched access rates. Per ARSD 20:10:27:02.02, Midstate requested the Commission approve a higher rate than allowed under ARSD 20:10:27:02.01 and filed a cost study in support of the higher rate. Midstate also requested a phase-in period in which their current rate would be approved until March 10, 2013, after which the requested rate would go into effect. On September 28, 2012, AT&T Communications of the Midwest, Inc. filed a Petition for Intervention. On October 23, 2012, the Commission granted intervention to AT&T, gave the Executive Director authority to enter into necessary consulting contracts, and assessed Midstate a filing fee of $100,000 with an initial deposit of $1,000. On October 24, 2012, staff filed a Motion to Dismiss or, in the Alternative, Issue an Order to Comply and an accompanying memorandum in support of its motion. On November 15, 2012, Midstate filed Response to the Motion to Dismiss and Request for a Waiver of ARSD 20:10:28:14.

     TODAY, shall the Commission grant Staff's Motion to Dismiss or in the Alternative, Issue an Order to Comply? OR shall the Commission grant Midstate's request for a Waiver of ARSD 20:10:28:14? AND, pursuant to SDCL 49-31-12.4, shall the Commission suspend the tariff for 120 days?

 

/S/Leah Mohr
Leah Mohr
Deputy Executive Director
puc@state.sd.us
December 3, 2012