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Customer Notice 122015



On December 1, 2015, Siskiyou Telephone Company (Siskiyou) filed an application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requesting a review of its intrastate revenue requirement and rate design.  This filing was submitted in accordance with the CPUC's rules, including those outlined in CPUC Decision No. 94-09-065, in CPUC Decision No. 14-12-084, and in the CPUC’s Rules of Practice and Procedure.  The application has been docketed at the CPUC as A.15-12-001.  The application includes a proposal to modify Siskiyou’s basic single-line residential rate, exclusive of taxes and fees, from $20.25 to $21.63, which is an increase of 6.81%.  The application also includes a proposal to modify Siskiyou's basic single-line business rate, exclusive of taxes and fees, from $22.25 to $24.14, which is an increase of 8.49%.  At the same time, Siskiyou proposes to remove the Access Recovery Charge (ARC) from single-line residential and business phone bills.  The ARC is currently set at $2.00 for single-line residential and single-line business customers.


Siskiyou believes that these proposed adjustments are necessary to cover increased costs necessitated by increases in expenses and by rapid technological changes in the telecommunications industry requiring significant plant modernization efforts in Siskiyou’s service territory.  Siskiyou has made this proposal to ensure that it can continue to provide safe, reliable, modern telecommunications services to its customers in Siskiyou County, while covering its expenses and earning a reasonable rate of return on its investments.


The CPUC will hold public hearings on dates yet to be determined, which will provide customers an opportunity to express their views on this matter to the CPUC.  The CPUC will review Siskiyou’s filing and may propose changes that differ from those proposed by the company.  Accordingly, the CPUC’s final decision may be different from Siskiyou’s proposed application.  


A copy of Siskiyou’s application and its related exhibits may be examined at the office of the CPUC at 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California, 94102, as well as the Siskiyou business office located at 30 Telco Way, Etna, California, 96027.


A copy of the entire filing and related exhibits is available by written request to:


            Jim Lowers

            Siskiyou Telephone Company

            P.O. Box 157

            Etna, CA 96027

            email:  siskiyouratecase@sisqtel.net


Inquiries related to the application, including a request to receive a notice of the date, time and place of any hearing on the filing, may be directed to the CPUC at the address noted above or at the e-mail address of the CPUC’s Public Advisor:  public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov.

Michael Bray,
Dec 28, 2015, 5:44 AM