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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission

For the Period of September 14, 2006 through September 20, 2006

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NG06-011      In the Matter of the Filing by NorthWestern Corporation d/b/a NorthWestern Energy for Approval of Tariff Revisions. 

Application by NorthWestern Energy for approval of tariff revisions requiring third-party marketers to receive approval of credit worthiness from NorthWestern's credit department prior to commencing service based on standards contained in the proposed tariff revisions. Existing marketers will also be required to submit credit information and seek approval as provided in the proposed tariff revisions. 

Staff Analyst: Dave Jacobson
Staff Attorney: Kara Van Bockern
Date Filed: 09/19/06
Intervention Deadline: 10/06/06

NG06-012   In the Matter of the Filing by Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. for a Waiver of Tariff

On September 11, 2006, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. (MDU) filed for a waiver of Section 4 of the South Dakota PGA tariff , which specifies that the surcharge adjustment is effective May 1 of each year. MDU is requesting an out-of cycle adjustment for an over recovery to be applied for the period of October 1, 2006 to April 30, 2007.

Staff Analyst: Bob Knadle
Staff Attorney: Karen Cremer
Date Filed: 09/11/06
Date Docketed 09/20/06
Intervention Deadline: 9/25/06


TC06-159      In the Matter of the Petition of Venture Communications Cooperative for Arbitration pursuant to the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to Resolve Issues Relating to an Interconnection Agreement with Alltel Communications, Inc.  

On September 14, 2006, Venture Communications Cooperative (Venture) filed a petition for arbitration of certain unresolved terms and conditions of a proposed Interconnection Agreement between Venture and Alltel Communications, Inc. (Alltel), pursuant to Section 252 of the Telecommunications Act of 1934, as amended (the Act) (47 U.S.C. Section 252), SDCL 49-31-81, and ARSD 20:10:32:29. Venture filed a list of unresolved issues consisting of: (1) the definition of InterMTA Tariff, (2) the definition of Third Party Provider, (3) the definition of Wireline Local Calling Area, (4) ISP bound traffic, (5) Resale of Service, (6) concerning interconnection facilities between the Parties, (7) SS7 Messages, (8) concerning land to mobile traffic-direct interconnection, (9) Dialing Parity, (10) Telecommunications Traffic, (11) InterMTA Traffic, (12) Venture Provided Direct Interconnection Facilities, (13) Bill and Keep, (14) Billing and Payment, (15) Regulatory Approval, and (16) Rates and Factors. Venture "respectively requests that the Commission grant the following relief: 1. Order arbitration of the unresolved issues identified in this Petition between Venture and Alltel; 2. Issue an order directing Venture and Alltel to submit to the Commission for approval an interconnection agreement reflecting: (i) the agreed-upon language in Exhibit 1 and (ii) the resolution in this arbitration proceeding of any unresolved issues in accordance with the recommendations made by Venture herein, at the hearing on such issues, and in Exhibit 1; 3. Order the Parties to pay interim compensation for transport and termination of telecommunications traffic from January 1, 2006 (the Effective Date set forth in Exhibit 1) to the date on which the Commission approves the Parties' executed Agreement in accordance with Section 252(e) of the Act; 4. Retain jurisdiction of this arbitration until the Parties have submitted an executed interconnection agreement for approval by the Commission; and 5. Take such other and further action as it deems necessary and appropriate." In accordance with ARSD 20:10:32:30, a non-petitioning party may respond to the petition for arbitration and provide additional information within 25 days after the commission receives the petition. 

Staff Analyst:  Harlan Best
Staff Attorney:  Kara Van Bockern
Date Docketed:  09/14/06
Responses Due:  10/10/06 

TC06-160      In the Matter of the Request of Red River Rural Telephone Association for Certification Regarding its Use of Federal Universal Service Support 

On September 18, 2006, Red River Rural Telephone Association (Red River) provided information constituting Red River's plan for the use of its federal universal service support and to otherwise verify that Red River will use all federal universal service support received in a manner that is consistent with the federal universal service provisions of 47 U.S.C. Section 254. 

Staff Analysts: Harlan Best and Nathan Solem
Staff Attorney: Karen E. Cremer
Date Docketed: 09/18/06
Intervention Deadline: 09/25/06

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