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   March 30, 2009

   Mr. Jason Merkel

   Helena Division Manager

   Northwestern Energy

   1315 North Main Street

   Helena, MT 59604-5329

   Re: EB-09-GB-0027

   Mr. Merkel:

   The Federal Communications Commission contacted your company by letter
   dated January 9, 2006, indicating that it had received complaints of
   harmful radio interference possibly caused by power line equipment
   maintained by your company. The interference was reported by:

   (name withheld)

   (address withheld)

   Helena, MT 59601

   Phone: (withheld)

   In February of 2006, representatives of Northwest Energy (Mr. Scott Millam
   and Mr. Charles Smith) visited Mr. Willett. During the course of that
   visit, your representatives indicated that they would work with the
   complainant going forward to locate and resolve the instances of
   interference. During a follow up conversation with Mr. Riley Hollingsworth
   of the FCC, you further indicated that an electrical engineer would be
   coming out to Mr. Willett's residence in mid-March 2006, to attempt to
   locate additional sources of the interference. The engineer located 15
   sources of interference during his visit. During 2007 and into 2008, the
   licensee continued to experience interference and continued to contact
   Northwestern Energy to correct the problems. Northwestern did continue to
   contact the licensee, but was unable to satisfactorily locate and resolve
   the outstanding instances of interference.

   In September of 2008, Northwestern Energy indicated that it had purchased
   new noise locating equipment and would be coming out on the 15th of
   September to locate and resolve the remaining instances of interference.
   Northwestern Energy did not contact the licensee as promised, nor did any
   representatives come out to Mr. Willett's residence. Indeed, in December
   of 2008, Northwestern Energy contacted Mr. Willett and indicated that it
   had done all it could to resolve the instances of interference.

   Such a response is not acceptable. Given the fact this case has been
   ongoing for quite some time without resolution and Northwestern Energy has
   had ample time to locate the instances of interference and make the
   necessary repairs, you are directed to respond to the undersigned within
   60 days of receipt of this letter detailing what steps you have taken to
   resolve the remaining instances of interference that are reported as being
   caused by Northwestern Energy equipment. Should the remaining interference
   problems not be resolved within those 60 days, Northwestern Energy will be
   required to provide the undersigned with a status update every two (2)
   weeks going forward as to what progress, if any, has been made to resolve
   the matter.

   If you have any questions about this matter, please contact me at


   Laura L. Smith

   Special Counsel

   Cc: Seattle Field Office

   Western Regional Director

   A copy of that letter is enclosed for your convenience.