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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting

Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 9:30 A.M.
State Capitol Building, Room 412
Pierre, South Dakota

NOTE: If you wish to join this meeting by conference call, please contact the Commission at 605-773-3201 by 5:00 p.m. on March 22, 2004.

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1. EL04-009 In the Matter of the Application of East River Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. for a Transmission Upgrade to the Sioux Falls Area 115 kV Transmission Project. (Staff Analyst: Michele Farris, Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer)

On February 27, 2004, East River Electric Power Cooperative filed for approval an application for its proposed Sioux Falls Area 115 kilovolt Transmission Upgrade Project. The proposed project would convert approximately 36 miles of an existing East River 69 kilovolt transmission line and 7 existing East River 69 kilovolt distribution substations to 115 kilovolts. The project is needed for East River to be able to continue to adequately and reliably serve the growing electrical needs of its member distribution systems in the Sioux Falls area.

TODAY, shall the Commission assess a filing fee not to exceed $17,250 with an initial deposit of $8,000.00?


1. TC03-191 In the Matter of the Filing by WWC License Co., Inc. d/b/a CellularOne for Designation as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier in Other Rural Areas. (Staff Analyst: Harlan Best, Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer)

On November 5, 2003, WWC License Co., Inc., d/b/a CellularOne (Western Wireless) filed a petition to be designated as an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) for purposes of qualifying to obtain federal universal service support in the study areas of certain rural telephone companies. This petition seeks an order immediately designating Western Wireless as an ETC in the study areas of the following rural telephone companies: Golden West Telephone Cooperative Inc., James Valley Cooperative Telephone Company, Splitrock Properties Inc., Sully Buttes Telephone Cooperative Inc., Tri-County Telecom Inc., Vivian Telephone Co., West River Telecommunications Coop (Mobridge) - SD, and West River Telecommunications Cooperative - SD. On November 21, 2003, James Valley Coop Telephone, SDTA, Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, Alliance Communications Cooperative, Inc., and Splitrock Properties, Inc., Vivian Telephone Company, Venture Communications Cooperative, Tri-County Telecom, Inc., and West River Telecommunications Cooperative (Hazen, ND) filed for intervention. The Commission granted intervention to all parties that filed a December 2, 2003, meeting. On January 2, 2004, WWC filed a Motion to Amend Petition. The Commission granted WWC's Motion to Amend Petition a regularly scheduled meeting on January 20, 2004. An Order For and Notice of Procedural Schedule and Hearing was issued on February 13, 2004. On March 5, 2004, the Intervenors filed a Motion to Compel Discovery and a Motion to Expand Procedural Schedule. Alliance Communications Cooperative, Inc. and Splitrock Properties, Inc. filed a Motion to Withdraw Petition to Intervene on March 11, 2004. The Commission granted the Intervenors Motion to Expand Procedural Schedule at an Ad Hoc meeting on March 15, 2004.

TODAY, shall the Commission grant the Motion to Compel Discovery?

Heather K. Forney
Deputy Executive Director
March 18, 2004