Siskiyou Telephone Company
General Rate Case



In December 2015, Siskiyou Telephone Company filed an Application requesting to modify its rate design to: 

    • Decrease the residential rate (inclusive of taxes and surcharges) for local basic service.  
    • Increase its revenue subsidy by $6.2 million (or 266%) from California High-Cost Fund-A.
    • Exceed the CPUC’s Decision adopting Federal Communications Commission’s Corporate Expense Limits. 


 The new rate is proposed to begin January 1, 2017. 

On February 11, 2016 the CPUC issued a Ruling setting the scope and schedule for the proceeding. 


Settlement Agreement

On June 16, 2016, ORA and Siskiyou submitted a Settlement Agreement to CPUC for approval, which would resolve all issues in the proceeding. The following table compares the results of the settlement to parties' litigated positions:  


Siskiyou Proposal 

ORA Recommendation 


Revenue Requirements 



based on an assumed
rate of return of 14.6%*

CHCF-A Subsidy 





 *Actual rate of return to be determined in Cost of Capital proceeding. 


A Public Participation Hearing was held on April 19, 2016 at 5pm at the Etna City Council Chambers, Etna City Hall, 442 Main Street, Etna, CA. 


A final CPUC Decision is expected by the end of 2016. 



ORA’s Policy Position

ORA has made an in-depth review of Siskiyou’s Application and supports the Settlement Agreement because it is consistent with Siskiyou operating its system at the lowest rates consistent with safe and reliable service. 

See ORA's May 9, 2016 Testimony with its full analysis and Report on Siskiyou's Application.

See ORA’s January 5, 2016 Protest to Siskiyou’s Application. 



CPUC Proceeding Docket

See the Proceeding docket for a full record of the case. 

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