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dividend of 6 per cent. on its capital stock and, in addition, carry a few hundred dollars to its surplus account. The condition of the company is such that we do not feel disposed to analyze minutely the financial results from the line in question as long as the facts indicate that there is a considerable use of the line, that it serves a public convenience, that it produces a revenue in some measure, although not fully commensurate with the cost of service. This is particularly true in view of what appears to us to be the probability that the amount of use of the line will be increased as service is improved. It seems to us, therefore, that the application for authority to discontinue the line should be denied.
It is, therefore, ordered, That the application of the Interurban Telephone Company for authority to discontinue a toll line between Lake Mills and Deerfield be, and the same hereby is, denied.
Dated at Madison, Wisconsin, this twenty-fifth day of January, 1924.
In re APPLICATION OF THE RHINELANDER TELEPHONE COM
PANY FOR AUTHORITY TO INCREASE RATES.
Decided January 26, 1924
crease in Rates Authorized.
OPINION AND DECISION. Application in this case was filed with the Commission by the Rhinelander Telephone Company on November 6, 1923. In its petition the applicant sets forth that owing to the increase in the cost of materials and labor it has furnished telephone service for some time without earning a reasonable return on its investment.
Authority is requested to discontinue its present schedule which has been in effect since 1907, and to establish increased rates. The present and proposed rates are as follows:
Present Proposed Business Service within Base Rate Area:
Net Rates Net Rates One-party
$2 50 $4 00 Two-party
3 50 Four-party
1 75 Discontinue Extension telephone, desk or wall type...
* Plus 40 cents per month for each one-eight mile of line or fraction thereof on stations located outside premises.
† Plus 25 cents per month for each additional mi'e o" fraction thereof beyond.
Present Proposed Private Branch Exchanges :
Net Rates Net Rates Switchboard with operator's set and not to exceed 15 drops, battery included....
$6 00 Each additional group of 5 signals or fraction thereof
40 Two-way trunk, each..
4 00 Generator circuit, each...
3 00 Each station in same building as switchboard.
1 00 Each station outside of building...
| Plus 40 cents per month for each one-eighth mile line or fraction thereof beyond,
Proposed Hotel Private Branch Erchanges :
4 00 Generator circuit
3 00 Each station on hotel premises.
50 Outgoing messages 5 cents each, of which the hotel receives 50 per cent.
The company will install and maintain the wiring system between the switchboard and the stations on the premises at the expense of the hotel.
Present Proposed ?!iscellaneous Equipment:
Net Rate Net Rate
$0 15 $0 25
40 Six inch gong with switch
55 Twelve inch gong without switch
1 00 Twelve inch gong with switch
1 15 Cam lever
25 Extension bells or gongs located out of doors and in open sheds will be charged for at double the above rates.
Ercess Exchange Line Mileage:
No present rate.
Proposed rate: A monthly charge of 75 cents per quarter mile or fraction thereof beyond the specified base rate area will be made in addition to the exchange rates for each circuit extended beyond the base rate area. The additional charge to be divided proportionately among the subscribers based on class of service of the line located beyond the exchange base rate area.
Present net rate...
Per Month $0 25
Hearing in the case was held in Madison on November 26, 1923, at which Geo. F. Mahony, secretary, and J. A. Pratt appeared for the applicant, and A. S. Forsyth appeared for the city of Rhinelander.
[Wis. At the time of the hearing the applicant submitted several exhibits relative to the investment in the property and plant, the operating expenses, and the revenue which would be derived under the proposed rates. It also submitted an exhibit in which a considerable number of the business customers had subscribed to a statement that the proposed rates were generally satisfactory.
The Rhinelander Telephone Company operates a central energy exchange in the city of Rhinelander serving 1,330 local subscribers, 93 rural subscribers, and 67 switched subscribers of other companies.
The property and plant value was reported to be as follows as of December 31, 1922:
$71 85 2,409 04 8,956 39 23,861 74 36,309 14 2,648 14
The above book value we believe reasonably represents the fair value of the property as of that date. The applicant, however, during the past year has been rebuilding its distribution system and has replaced its open wire with cable, which in the business district has been laid underground. The company also had a fire in the central office during the summer which totally destroyed the central and general office equipment and left the community without telephone service until the company could install new central office equipment. The following table shows the company's statement of the changes that have been made in the book values of the property and plant since June 30, 1923, on account of the rehabilitation of the distribution system and the installation of new central office and general office equipment.
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$40,693 00 Less value of plant displaced.
Additions to central office equipment:
223 32 Lockers, 20 at $9.00.
180 00 Shelving
$33,345 82 Less value of central office equipment destroyed. 8,973 64
Net additions to general office equipment...
TOTAL PROPERTY AND PLANT VALUE.....