Taxes unpaid, PUC revokes licenses of telecom firmsPIERRE — Three telecommunications companies lost their rights Tuesday to continue doing business in South Dakota.
By: Bob Mercer, Republic Capitol Bureau
PIERRE — Three telecommunications companies lost their rights Tuesday to continue doing business in South Dakota.
The state Public Utilities Commission took away their certificates of authority because they failed to pay their 2011 gross-receipts taxes.
The companies are Main Street Telephone Company of Blue Bell, Pa.; Pac-West Telecomm of Stockton, Calif.; and Pulse Telecom of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Representatives for two others, 321 Communications of Lutz, Fla.; and Hawk Relay of Philadelphia, told the commissioners Tuesday their companies will make good on the amounts owed.
The commission gave them one week to fulfill their promises to deliver their payments or they will lose their certificates of authority, too.
“Obviously, these taxes were due eight months ago,” Chris Nelson, the commission’s vice chairman said. “It’s at the point now we have to resolve it one way or another.”
The amounts owed weren’t disclosed by the PUC.
In other action, the commission took the initial steps to start consideration of a rate reduction sought by Northern States Power, doing business as Xcel Energy.
The company seeks to decrease its tariff for transmission projects by an average of $1.82 per month for a residential customer using 750 kilowatt-hours per month in South Dakota.
Several of the 22 transmission projects are in South Dakota. One is in the Sioux Falls area and one is a line between the Big Stone and Brookings areas.