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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting

Thursday, July 28, 2005, 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 July 27, 2005.

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.


Consumer Issues

1. CE05-001 In the Matter of the Complaint filed by Larry L. Fliss, Hendricks, Minnesota, against Otter Tail Power Company Regarding Voltage Fluctuation. (Staff Attorney: Sara Greff, Staff Analyst: Jim Mehlhaff)

On May 20, 2005, Larry Fliss filed a formal complaint against Otter Tail Power Company (Otter Tail). Complainant claims that for the last four years he and other residents in his neighborhood have experienced blinking and flickering lights. The problem appears to correspond with the local golf course watering schedule. Complainant asks that the problem be fixed by requiring the respondent to install a separate service line to the affected households or by having the golf course install soft starts on its irrigation pumps. Otter Tail filed a request for a 20-day extension to respond to the complaint on June 14, 2005, which was granted. On July 6, 2005, Otter Tail filed a second request for a 20-day extension to respond to the complaint. A third request for a 20-day extension to respond to the complaint was filed by Otter Tail on July 22, 2005.

TODAY, shall the Commission Grant the Request?


1. TC05-052 In the Matter of the Application of New Rochelle Telephone Corp. for a Certificate of Authority to Provide Interexchange Telecommunications Services and Local Exchange Services in South Dakota. (Staff Analyst: Harlan Best, Staff Attorney: Sara Greff)

On March 15, 2005, New Rochelle Telephone Corp. (New Rochelle) Telephone Corp. filed an application for a certificate of authority to provide interexchange and local telecommunications services in South Dakota. New Rochelle proposes to serve residential and business customers with inbound and outbound resold long distance telecommunications services. New Rochelle will not provide operator assisted services. New Rochelle plans to provide local service through a combination of resale of incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) services in combination with a strategic utilization of unbundled network elements purchased from the ILEC. New Rochelle requests authority to operate as a competitive local exchange carrier in all areas defined by the existing exchange areas of Qwest Corporation. New Rochelle has filed a request to withdraw its application.

TODAY, shall the Commission Grant the Request to Withdraw?

Heather K. Forney

Deputy Executive Director

July 26, 2005