Utahns interested in commenting on the US WEST Communications rate case now being heard by the Utah Public Service Commission will get their chance on Monday.
Commissioners will begin hearing testimony at 10 a.m. in Room 426 of the Heber Wells Building, 160 E. Third South.US WEST is asking commissioners for a $12.3 million rate increase and authority to begin charging 35 cents for pay telephone calls, 35 cents for each inquiry to directory assistance and to pass on to customers some costs associated with political lobbying and advertising.
The Utah Division of Public Utilities wants rates lowered by about $20 million, and the Utah Committee for Consumer Services is asking for a $46 million rate decrease.
The commission has spent the past two weeks hearing testimony concerning the company's revenue needs. Following the public witness day, the PSC hearings will focus on how rates will be spread among business and residential customers.