DAILY DIGEST

Vol. 17, No. 55                                             March 23,1998

**Before an entry denotes that the item is part of the FCC's implementation of the 1996 Telecom Act. While we will attempt to flag all Telecom Act-related items, this marking is unofficial and informational only.

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NEWS RELEASES

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BROADCAST STATION TOTALS AS OF FEBRUARY 28, 1998. MMB. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/News_Releases/1998/nrmm8009.txt

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PUBLIC NOTICES

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Report No: 2265. Released: March 23, 1998. CORRECTED - OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS REFERENCE OPERATIONS DIVISION PETITIONS FOR RULEMAKING FILED.

Released: March 23, 1998. TARIFF TRANSMITTAL PUBLIC REFERENCE LOG.Public Reference Room: March 20, 1998. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Public_Notices/Tariffs/combined/tt032098.pdf

Report No: CCB/CPD 98-18. Released: March 23, 1998. PROTESTED TARIFF TRANSMITTALS ACTIONS TAKEN. (DA No. 98-551). Contact: Common Carrier Bureau: Judy Nitsche at (202) 418-1540. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Public_Notices/1998/da980551.txt

Report No: 44203. Released: March 23, 1998. BROADCAST ACTIONS. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/Brdcst_Actions/ac980320.txt

Report No: 24203. Released: March 23, 1998. BROADCAST APPLICATIONS. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/Brdcst_Applications/ap980323.txt

Released: March 23, 1998. REGISTRATION PERIOD CLOSING FOR ANTENNA STRUCTURES. (DA No. 98-552). Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Public_Notices/1998/da980552.txt

Released: March 23, 1998. COMMISSION STAFF REQUESTS SUBMISSION OF SUPERIOR ALTERNATIVES TO PROPOSED AGREEMENT TO RESOLVE POCKET COMMUNICATIONS BANKRUPTCY.In re Pocket Communications, Inc., No. 97-5-4105-ESD, and In re DCR PCS, Inc., No. 97-5-4106-ESD (Jointly Administered Under No. 97-5-4105-ESD). Alternative Comments Due: May 7, 1998. (DA No. 98-547). Contact: FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau: (717) 338-2888. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Public_Notices/1998/da980547.txt

Released: March 23, 1998. WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACTION - WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU APPROVES MERGER OF CELLCALL, INC., INDUSTRIAL WIRELESS TECHNOLOGIES, INC., POTOMAC CORPORATION AND NEXTEL COMMUNICATIONS, INC. (DA No. 98-545). Contact: Wireless Telecommunications Bureau: Laura Smith at (202) 418-7240. News Media Contact: Meribeth McCarrick (202) 418-0500. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Public_Notices/1998/da980545.txt

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VALLEY CABLE TV, INC. Remanded appeal of a local cable rate order issued by the City of Alice, Texas. The local franchising authority insufficiently explained its rejection of the operator's proposed rates for equipment and installation. Action by Deputy Chief, Cable Services Bureau. Adopted: March 18, 1998. by MO&O. (DA No. 98-539). CSB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Cable/Orders/1998/da980539.txt

MEDIA ONE OF MASSACHUSETTS, INC. Denied complaints filed against the cable programming service tier rate increase charged by Media One of Massachusetts, Inc., in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Harwich, Dennis and Chatham, MA, effective July 1, 1997. Action by Chief, Financial Analysis and Compliance Division, Cable Services Bureau. by Order. (DA No. 98-541). CSB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Cable/Orders/1998/da980541.txt

FCT TELECOM, INC. Granted consent to the assignment of FCT's Section 214 authorization to Fiber Connect, ordered that all terms and conditions of any Commission orders granting authority to FCT to provide common carrier services are now applicable to Fiber Connect. Action by Chief, Telecommunications Division, International Bureau. Adopted: March 19, 1998. by MO&O & Auth. (DA No. 98-543). IB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/International/Orders/1998/da980543.txt

ADDENDA: The following items, released March 20, 1998, did not appear in Digest No. 54:

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NEWS RELEASES

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STATEMENT OF CHAIRMAN WILLIAM E. KENNARD REGARDING SBC COMMUNICATIONS, INC. V. FCC. Kennard.

FCC CLOSES DOWN UNLICENSED RADIO OPERATION THAT THREATENED AIR SAFETY AT SACRAMENTO AIRPORT; FOURTH AIRPORT INTERFERENCE INCIDENT IN FIVE MONTHS. Report No: CI-98-3. CIB. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Compliance/News_Releases/1998/nrci8004.txt

JOHN LOGAN NAMED ACTING CHIEF OF CABLE SERVICES BUREAU. News Media Contact: Morgan Broman (202) 418-2358. CSB. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Cable/News_Releases/1998/nrcb8004.txt

FCC FILINGS. OPA. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/filings.html

FCC CALENDAR OF EVENTS. OPA. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/calendar.html

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PUBLIC NOTICES

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Released: March 20, 1998. COMMON CARRIER BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON PETITIONS FOR EXTENSION OF TIME OF THE LOCAL NUMBER PORTABILITY PHASE II IMPLEMENTATION DEADLINE.Comments Due: March 30, 1998; Reply Comments Due: April 6, 1998. (DA No. 98-538). Dkt No.: CC-95-116. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Public_Notices/1998/da980538.txt

Report No: SPB-120. Released: March 20, 1998. SATELLITE POLICY BRANCH INFORMATION: COMMENT REQUESTED ON PROPOSED PROTECTIVE ORDER.TCI Satellite, Inc. - File No. 91-SAT-TC-97/MCI Telecommunications Corporation - File No. 106-SAT-AL-97; Comments Due: March 27, 1998; Reply Comments Due: March 31, 1998. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/International/Public_Notices/1998/pnin8071.txt

Report No: 24202. Released: March 20, 1998. BROADCAST APPLICATIONS. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/Brdcst_Applications/ap980320.txt

Report No: 327. Released: March 20, 1998. MASS MEDIA BUREAU CALL SIGN ACTIONS. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/Call_Sign_Changes/pnmm8043.wp

Released: March 20, 1998. EX PARTE PRESENTATIONS AND POST-REPLY COMMENT PERIOD FILINGS IN PERMIT-BUT-DISCLOSE PROCEEDINGS. Contact: Barbara Lowe at (202) 418-0310.

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SPEECHES

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STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER HAROLD FURCHTGOTT-ROTH REGARDING THE SECOND QUARTER 1998 UNIVERSAL SERVICE CONTRIBUTION FACTORS. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Speeches/Furchtgott_Roth/Statements/sthfr812.txt

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FEDERAL STATE JOINT BOARD ON UNIVERSAL SERVICE. Waived, on a temporary basis, the requirements that the administrator of the Telecommunications Relay Services Fund use data obtained from TRS contributors only for purposes of administering the TRS Fund, and waive this rule to the extent necessary to permit the TRS Administrator to make available certain TRS data to the administrator of the universal service support mechanisms for purposes of comparing revenue information provided by contributors on the Universal Service Worksheet; also, waived rules to the extent that Section 54.515 provides that a telecom carrier seeking reimbursement from the Administrator for the provision of services to a school or library must apply the amount of the discount afforded as an offset to the carriers universal service contribution obligations. Action by Deputy Chief, Common Carrier Bureau. Adopted: March 20, 1998. by Order. (DA No. 98-523). CCB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Orders/1998/da980523.txt

NORTH CAROLINA UTILITIES COMMISSION ORDER DISMISSING AND DIRECTING FILINGS. Directed to specify all incumbent local exchange carrier in North Carolina to file with the Federal Communications Commission tariffs for intrastate payphone service offerings that have not been determined by the North Carolina Utilities Commission to comply with Section 276 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and the Commission's rules. Action by Deputy Chief, Common Carrier Bureau. Adopted: March 20, 1998. by Order. (DA No. 98-548). CCB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Orders/1998/da980548.txt

NEW YORK TELEPHONE COMPANY AND NEW ENGLAND TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH COMPANY, NONRECURRING CHARGES FOR RECONFIGURATION OF CIRCUITS. Granted petition for indefinite extension of waiver granted by Bureau in NRC Waiver Order for Bell Atlantic's Zone 1 Central Offices in New York State. Action by the FCC. Adopted: March 20, 1998. by MO&O. (FCC No. 98-45). CCB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Orders/1998/fcc98045.txt

DALLAS, OREGON. Effective May 4, 1998, amended FM Table to allot Channel 252C3 to Dallas, Oregon, as the community's first local FM and second local aural service. Dkt No.: MM-97-220. Action by Chief, Allocations Branch, Policy and Rules Division, Mass Media Bureau. Adopted: March 11, 1998. by R&O. (DA No. 98-506). MMB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Orders/1998/da980506.txt

PRINEVILLE, OREGON. Effective May 4, 1998, amended FM Table to allot Channel 254C3 to Prineville, Oregon, as the community's second local FM and third local aural service. Dkt No.: MM-97-226. Action by Chief, Allocations Branch, Policy and Rules Division, Mass Media Bureau. Adopted: March 11, 1998. by R&O. (DA No. 98-505). MMB Contact: Mass Media Bureau: Leslie K. Shapiro at (202) 418-2180. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Orders/1998/da980505.txt

MARTIN, TIPTONVILLE AND TRENTON, TENNESSEE. Ordered Radiocorp of Jackson, Inc., licensee of Station WWEZ-FM, Channel 248C3 to show cause why its licensee should not be modified to specify operation on Channel 249C3 as proposed instead of the present Channel 248C3. Dkt No.: MM-96-204. Action by Chief, Allocations Branch, Policy and Rules Division, Mass Media Bureau. Adopted: March 11, 1998. by Order to Show Cause. (DA No. 98-508). MMB Contact: Mass Media Bureau: Pam Blumenthal at (202) 418-2180. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Orders/1998/da980508.txt