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Separate Statement On UT 125 By Commissioner Joan H. Smith
 
I am very pleased that the Commission signed the UT 125 order today adopting the U S WEST-staff stipulation in the pending U S WEST rate case.
 
This rate case was the subject of a dispute that has taken too many years to resolve. In fact, the rate case was even part of SB 622 for a while. Its inclusion in legislation was undoubtedly unconstitutional.
 
I would like to extend my thanks to Phil Nyegaard and his staff at the Public Utility Commission and to Carl Inouye and his U S WEST negotiating team. Together, they worked to balance the many complex adjustments in the case. They got beyond acrimony and delivered a very fair and reasonable result.
 
We must now proceed with the final stages of the rate case without further delay. Its conclusion holds the promise of fair competition and quality services, which are the essence of SB 622.