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PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING
March 17, 1997; 3:00 P.M.
State Capitol Building, Room LCR-1
Pierre, South Dakota
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AGENDA OF THE AD HOC COMMISSION MEETING
1. TC96-184 IN THE MATTER OF THE INTERCONNECTION CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN AT&T COMMUNICATIONS OF THE MIDWEST, INC. AND U S WEST COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PURSUANT TO 47 U.S.C. SECTION 252. (Advisors to the Commission: Commission Staff)
On November 20, 1996, the Public Utilities Commission (Commission) received a filing from AT&T Communications of the Midwest, Inc. (AT&T) pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 252(b)(1) to arbitrate open issues related to its interconnection negotiations with U S WEST Communications, Inc. (U S WEST). U S WEST filed its response on December 16, 1996. On January 10, 1997, the Commission issued an Amended Procedural Schedule; Order for and Notice of Hearing. In the Amended Procedural Schedule, the Commission scheduled a prehearing conference for January 13, 1997. The prehearing conference was held as scheduled. On January 17, 1997, the Commission received a Joint Procedural Agreement submitted by U S WEST. In the Joint Procedural Agreement, U S WEST stated that AT&T had approved of the Agreement and that AT&T and U S WEST requested that the Commission adopt the proposed Agreement. The Agreement set forth the dates various witnesses would testify and the issues they would address. By Order dated January 22, 1997, the Commission adopted the Joint Procedural Agreement.
The hearing was held as scheduled on February 3, 1997, through February 7, 1997, at the Conference Room of the State Motel, in Pierre, South Dakota. On February 26, 1997, AT&T and U S WEST each filed a Post-Hearing Brief and a matrix of unresolved issues. On March 5, 1997, each party filed a Re al Brief and Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law.
TODAY, how shall the Commission decide the unresolved issues between U S WEST and AT&T?
William Bullard Jr.