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PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION MEETING
Commission Office, Room CCR
May 28, 1997; 12:30 P.M.
Pierre, South Dakota
NOTE: If you wish to join this meeting by conference call, please contact the Commission at 605-773-3201 by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 1997.
NOTE: Notice is further given to persons with disabilities that this Commission meeting is being held in a physically accessible place. If you have special needs, please notify the Commission and we will make all necessary arrangements.
AGENDA OF THE AD HOC COMMISSION MEETING
On May 9, 1997, the Commission received a filing by Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU) requesting Commission approval of revisions to its tariffs. The filing indicates that the tariff revisions reflect certain changes in the business practices of MDU's interconnecting pipeline, Williston Basin Interstate Pipeline Company, required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's adoption of the Gas Industry Standards Board standards. The filing requests that the Commission approve MDU's tariff changes by June 1, 1997, in order to match the changes occurring on the pipeline effective June 1, 1997. The filing also requests a waiver of the Commission's 30 days notice requirement.
TODAY, shall the Commission waive its 30 days notice requirement? And, shall it approve MDU's tariff revisions?
On December 23, 1996, Commission received a filing from U S WEST Communications, Inc. (U S WEST) for approval to introduce a new optional dialing capability for the completion of calls. Under the proposal, customers will be able to call a special 1‑800 number to reach an interactive voice response platform. After reaching the platform, customers will be given the following options to bill their call: 1‑800 U S WEST Calling Card, Third Number, or Collect. An effective date of January 15, 1997, has been requested by U S WEST. On December 26, 1996, the Commission electronically transmitted notice of the filing and the intervention deadline of January 10, 1997, to interested individuals and entities. The Commission granted intervention to TCIC Communications, Inc. (TCIC), MCI Telecommunications Corporation (MCI), and AT&T Communications of the Midwest, Inc. (AT&T). A hearing was held in this matter on April 15, 1997, to determine whether U S WEST's application to revise its Exchange and Network Services Catalog should be approved. Reply briefs were due at the Commission on May 14, 1997. On May 9, 1997, AT&T filed a motion to reopen the record for the purpose of admitting three additional exhibits.
TODAY, shall the Commission grant AT&T's motion to reopen the record?
2. IN THE MATTER OF ESTABLISHING DISCOUNT RATES FOR INTRASTATE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES PROVIDED TO SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES. (Staff Analyst: Charlie Bolle.)
On May 20, 1997, the Commission received a petition from Commission Staff pertaining to the May 8, 1997, FCC Order on universal service. The petition requests the Commission to adopt the discount rates implemented by the FCC for interstate telecommunications services for schools and libraries as the discount rates for intrastate telecommunications services provided for schools and libraries.
TODAY, shall the Commission open a docket in this matter?
William Bullard Jr.
May 27, 1997