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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
September 13, 2011, at 9:30 A.M. CDT
Room 413, Capitol Building
Pierre, South Dakota

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 AGENDA OF COMMISSION MEETING 

Administration

1.     Approval of the Minutes of the Commission Meeting Held on August 24, 2011, and the Ad-Hoc Commission Meeting Held on August 30, 2011. (Staff:  Demaris Axthelm) 

Consumer Reports

1.     Status Report on Consumer Utility Inquiries and Complaints Received by the Commission.  (Consumer Affairs:  Deb Gregg)

Electric

1.     EL11-015     In the Matter of the Filing by Northern States Power Company dba Xcel Energy for Approval of its Revised Rate Sheets for its Occasional Delivery Energy Service and Time of Delivery Energy Service (Staff Analyst: Ross Pedersen, Staff Attorney: Ryan Soye)

On June 15, 2011, the Commission received an application by Northern States Power (Xcel) for approval of revisions to Xcel's tariff rate sheets applicable to cogeneration and small power production services, specifically Occasional Delivery Energy Service and Time of Delivery Energy Service rates.

     TODAY, shall the Commission grant Xcel's application for tariff revisions?

2.     EL11-022     In the Matter of the Filing by NorthWestern Corporation, dba NorthWestern Energy for Approval of a Contract with Deviations (Staff Analysts: Dave Jacobson, Ross Pedersen, Staff Attorney: Ryan Soye)

On August 2, 2011, the Commission received an application by NorthWestern Corporation, d/b/a NorthWestern Energy (NorthWestern) for approval of a contract with deviations to add a second transformer that will serve a proposed addition at the Andes Central School. NorthWestern will install, or arrange for installation of approximately 790 feet of underground cable and a 300 kVA transformer.

     TODAY, shall the Commission approve NorthWestern's contract with deviations?

Telecommunications

1.     TC10-090     In the Matter of the Petition of Cellco Partnerships and its Subsidiaries and Affiliates to Amend and Consolidate Eligible Telecommunications Carrier Designations in the State of South Dakota and to Partially Relinquish ETC Designation (Staff Analyst: Brian Rounds, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

On September 3, 2010, the Commission received a petition from Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless, and its subsidiaries and affiliates offering commercial mobile radio services in South Dakota (Verizon Wireless), to amend and consolidate the eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) designations currently held separately in the name of WWC License, LLC and RCC Minnesota, Inc. in the state of South Dakota to reflect Cellco Partnership and its affiliated legal entities as the designated entity. Verizon Wireless requests that amendment and consolidation of the ETC designations be deemed effective immediately. Verizon Wireless further requests that the partial relinquishment of its ETC status in the Golden West Telecommunications Cooperative, Inc. Study Area Code 391659 be deemed effective immediately. The parties agreed to a procedural schedule on November 8, 2010, and later agreed to amend the same and a Notice of Hearing was issued for a July 27 and 28, 2011, hearing. On July 11, 2011, Verizon Wireless filed a Motion to Withdraw its filing in this docket.

     TODAY, shall the Commission approve the Motion to Withdraw?

1.     In the Matter of the Request for Certification Regarding the Use of Federal Universal Service Support in Dockets TC11-029, TC11-037, TC11-039, TC11-046, TC11-047, TC11-048, TC11-054, TC11-056,  TC11-063, TC11-062, TC11-065 and TC11-066. 

     TC11-029     In the Matter of the Request of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

On May 20, 2011, the Commission received an application from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Telephone Authority requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012.

     TC11-037     In the Matter of the Request of Long Lines Wireless, LLC for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

On May 24, 2011, the Commission received an application from Long Lines Wireless, LLC requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012.

     TC11-039     In the Matter of the Request of Roberts County Telephone Cooperative Association and RC Communications, Inc. for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

On May 25, 2011, the Commission received an application from Roberts County Telephone Cooperative Association and RC Communications, Inc. requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012.

     TC11-046     In the Matter of the Request of Santel Communications Cooperative for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

On May 26, 2011, the Commission received an application from Santel Communications Cooperative requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should received all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012.

     TC11-047     In the Matter of the Request of Knology of the Black Hills, LLC for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

On May 27, 2011, the Commission received an application from Knology of the Black Hills, LLC requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012.

     TC11-048     In the Matter of the Request of Knology Community Telephone, Inc. for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

On May 27, 2011, the Commission received an application from Knology Community Telephone, Inc. requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to Company in 2012.

     TC11-054     In the Matter of the Request of Midcontinent Communications for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Bobbi Bourk, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

On May 31, 2011, the Commission received an application from Midcontinent Communications requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012.           

     TC11-056     In the Matter of the Request of James Valley Wireless, LLC for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

On May 31, 2011, the Commission received an application from James Valley Wireless, LLC requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012.            
  
     TC11-062     In the Matter of the Request of RCC Minnesota, Inc. dba Verizon Wireless for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Chris Daugaard, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

On May 31, 2011, the Commission received an application from RCC Minnesota, Inc. dba Verizon Wireless requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012.      

     TC11-063     In the Matter of the Request of WWC License LLC dba Verizon Wireless for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Brian Rounds, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

On May 31, 2011, the Commission received an application from WWC License LLC dba Verizon Wireless requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012.      

     TC11-065     In the Matter of the Request of City of Brookings Municipal Telephone for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

On May 31, 2011, the Commission received an application from City of Brookings Municipal Telephone requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012.      

     TC11-066     In the Matter of the Request of Brookings Municipal Telephone dba Swiftel Communications for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Chris Daugaard, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

On June 1, 2011, the Commission received an application from Brookings Municipal Telephone dba Swiftel Communications requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012. 

     TODAY, shall the Commission Provide a Certification to the Federal Communications Commission and to the Universal Service Administration Company regarding the Plan for the Use of Federal Universal Services Support as proposed in each of the above dockets?

3.     TC11-052     In the Matter of the Request of Qwest Corporation for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support (Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson, Staff Attorney: Kara Semmler)

On May 31, 2011, the Commission received an application from Qwest Corporation requesting the Commission to issue a certification to the FCC and USAC indicating it is in compliance with 47 U.S.C., Section 254(e) and should receive all federal universal service support determined for distribution to the Company in 2012.

     TODAY, shall the Commission Provide a Certification to the Federal Communications Commission and to the Universal Service Administration Company Regarding the Plan for the Use of Federal Universal Services Support as Proposed? AND, shall the Commission Provide a Certification that Qwest is Offering Rates Comparable to Other Carriers?

Items for Commission Discussion 

Announcements 

  1. Commissioners will attend the East River Electric Power Cooperative annual meeting, Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at the Ramkota in Sioux Falls, S.D.

  2. Commissioners and staff will tour the Glacial Lakes Energy facility in Watertown, S.D., Thursday, September 8, 2011.

  3. The next regularly scheduled commission meeting will be held Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at 9:30 a.m., CDT, in Room 413 at the State Capitol Building, Pierre, S.D.

  4. The Public Utilities Commission offices will be closed Monday, October 10, 2011, in observance of Native American Day.

  5. Commission meetings are scheduled for October 11 and 25, 2011.

 

/S/ Cindy Kemnitz
Cindy Kemnitz
Finance Manager
puc@state.sd.us
September 7, 2011