DAILY DIGEST

Vol. 17, No. 137                                              July 17,1998

**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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COMPLIANCE AND INFORMATION ACTION - FCC ANNOUNCES JOINT AGREEMENT WITH ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC SAFETY COMMMUNICATIONS OFFICIALS (APCO) FOR THE RESOLUTION OF INTERFERENCE COMPLAINTS - REPORT CI 98-12. The FCC announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the public safety industry that streamlines the resolution of interference complaints that affect public safety communications.. News Media Contact: David Fiske (202) 418-0500. CIB Contact: John Winston at (202) 418-1100. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Compliance/News_Releases/1998/nrci8015.wp

INTERNATIONAL ACTION - FCC UNANIMOUSLY AFFIRMS 1997 DEMS RELOCATION ORDER (ET DOCKET 97-99) - REPORT NO. IN 98-40. After conducting a comprehensive review of its earlier decision, the FCC has unanimously affirmed its March 14, 1997, Order relocating the Digital Electronic Message Service from the 18 GHz band to the 24 GHz band. Action by the Commission July 9, 1998, by MO&O (FCC 98-155). News Media Contact: Rosemary Kimball (202) 418-0500. IB Contact: James Taylor at (202) 418-2113. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/International/News_Releases/1998/nrin8023.wp

INTERNATIONAL ACTION - FCC PROPOSES WITHDRAWING AS MARITIME "ACCOUNTING AUTHORITY;" FUNCTION WOULD BE COMPLETELY PRIVATIZED AS PART OF BIENNIAL REVIEW (IB DOCKET NO. 98-96) - REPORT IN. 98-41. The Commission has proposed withdrawing from its role as a nationwide clearinghouse for settling accounts for maritime mobile, maritime satellite, aircraft, and hand-held terminal radio services and turning that role over completely to the private sector. Action by the Commission June 18, 1998, by NPRM (FCC 98-123). News Media Contact: Rosemary Kimball (202) 418-0500. IB Contact: John Copes at (202) 418-1478. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/International/News_Releases/1998/nrin8024.wp

OPEN PROCEEDINGS. OPA Contact: Martha Contee at (202) 418-0260; TTY (202) 418-2555. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/oproceed.html

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PUBLIC NOTICES

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Released: July 17, 1998. EX PARTE PRESENTATIONS AND POST-REPLY COMMENT PERIOD FILINGS IN PERMIT-BUT-DISCLOSE PROCEEDINGS (1 OF 2). Contact: Barbara Lowe at (202) 418-0310.

Released: July 17, 1998. TARIFF TRANSMITTAL PUBLIC REFERENCE LOG - JULY 16. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Public_Notices/Tariffs/combined/tt071698.pdf

Report No: TEL-169-A. Released: July 17, 1998. STREAMLINED INTERNATIONAL SECTION 214 AND SECTION 310(B)(4) APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR FILING (FORMAL SECTION 63.18). Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/International/Public_Notices/1998/pnin8181.txt

Report No: TEL-169-B. Released: July 17, 1998. NON-STREAMLINED INTERNATIONAL SECTION 214, CABLE LANDING LICENSE AND SECTION 310(B)(4) APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR FILING (FORMAL SECTION 63.18 AND 1.767). Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/International/Public_Notices/1998/pnin8182.txt

Report No: 44285. Released: July 17, 1998. BROADCAST ACTIONS. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/Brdcst_Actions/ac980717.txt

Report No: 24285. Released: July 17, 1998. BROADCAST APPLICATIONS. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/Brdcst_Applications/ap980717.txt

Released: July 17, 1998. FCC AMENDS SECTION 63.100. (DA No. 98-1428). Contact: Robert Kimball at (202) 418-2339; TTY (202) 418-2989.

Released: July 17, 1998. EX PARTE PRESENTATIONS AND POST-REPLY COMMENT PERIOD FILINGS IN PERMIT-BUT-DISCLOSE PROCEEDINGS (2 OF 2). Contact: Barbara Lowe at (202) 418-0310. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Miscellaneous/Public_Notices/Exparte/1998/exb80717.html

Report No: LB-98-54. Released: July 17, 1998. WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU COMMERCIAL WIRELESS SERVICE INFORMATION. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Public_Notices/1998/pnwl8079.wp

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WORLDCOM, INC. AND MCI COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION. Ordered WorldCom and MCI's Joint Objection to Disclosure of Stamped Confidential Documents filed June 12, 1998, sustained. Ordered WordCom and MCI's Joint Objection to Disclosure of Stamped Confidential Documents filed on June 17, 1998, denied in part and sustained in part. Dkt No.: CC- 97-211. Action by Chief, Policy and Program Planning Division. Adopted: July 17, 1998. by Order. (DA No. 98-1430). CCB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Orders/1998/da981430.wp

"LUFKIN, TX. Proposed amending FM Table to allot Channel 230A at Lufkin, Texas. Comments due September 8; replies due September 23. Dkt No.: MM- 98-125. Action by Chief, Allocations Branch, Policy and Rules Division, Mass Media Bureau. Adopted: July 8, 1998. by NPRM. (DA No. 98-1375). MMB Internet URL: " http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Notices/1998/da981375.wp

BUNKER, MO. Proposed amending FM Table to allot Channel 292A at Bunker, Missouri, as that community's first local broadcast service. Comments due September 8; replies due September 23. Dkt No.: MM- 98-126. Action by Chief, Allocations Branch, Policy and Rules Division, Mass Media Bureau. Adopted: July 8, 1998. by NPRM. (DA No. 98-1376). MMB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Notices/1998/da981376.wp

POWERS, MI. Proposed amending FM Table to allot Channel 262A at Powers, Michigan, as that community's first local service. Comments due September 8; replies September 23. Dkt No.: MM- 98-129. Action by Chief, Allocations Branch, Policy and Rules Division, Mass Media Bureau. Adopted: July 8, 1998. by NPRM. (DA No. 98-1380). MMB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Notices/1998/da981380.wp

BOULDER, MT. Proposed amending FM Table to allot Channel 299A at Boulder, Montana, as that community's first local broadcast service. Comments due September 8; replies due September 23. Dkt No.: MM- 98-127. Action by Chief, Allocations Branch, Policy and Rules Division, Mass Media Bureau. Adopted: July 8, 1998. by NPRM. (DA No. 98-1378). MMB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Notices/1998/da981378.wp

SARATOGA, WY. Proposed amending FM Table to allot Channel 259C at Saratoga, Wyoming, as that community's first local aural transmission service. Coments due September 8; replies due September 23. Dkt No.: MM- 98-130. Action by Chief, Allocations Branch, Policy and Rules Division, Mass Media Bureau. Adopted: July 8, 1998. by NPRM. (DA No. 98-1377). MMB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Notices/1998/da981377.wp

WHITEFISH, MT. Proposed amending FM Table to allot Channel 286A at Whitefish, Montana, as that community's first local FM broadcast service. Comments due September 8; replies due September 23. Dkt No.: MM- 98-124. Action by Chief, Allocations Branch, Policy and Rules Division, Mass Media Bureau. Adopted: July 8, 1998. by NPRM. (DA No. 98-1374). MMB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Notices/1998/da981374.wp

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI. Proposed amending FM Table to allot Channel 244A at Crystal Falls, Michigan, as that community's second FM broadcast service. comments due September 8; replies due September 23. Dkt No.: MM- 98-128. Action by Chief, Allocations Branch, Policy and Rules Division, Mass Media Bureau. Adopted: July 8, 1998. by NPRM. (DA No. 98-1379). MMB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Notices/1998/da981379.wp

WALLA WALLA AND PULLMAN, WA AND HERMISTON, OR. Effective August 31, amended Section 73.202(b) of the Commission's Rules, the Table of FM Allotments, to substitute Channel 256C2 for channel 256C3 at Walla Walla, Washington, and modify license of Station KUJ-FM accordingly; substitute Channel 263A for Channel 257A at Hermiston, Oregon, and modify the license of Station KQFM(FM) accordingly; substitute Channel 258C for Channel 258C1 at Pullman, Washington and modify the license of Station KZZL-FM accordingly; terminated proceeding. Dkt No.: MM- 97-246. Action by Chief, Allocations Branch, Policy and Rules Division, Mass Media Bureau. Adopted: July 8, 1998. by R&O. (DA No. 98-1381). MMB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Orders/1998/da981381.wp

ADDENDA: The following items, released July 16, 1998, did not appear in Digest No. 136:

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PUBLIC NOTICES

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Released: July 16, 1998. OPERATOR COMMUNICATIONS, INC. D/B/A ONCOR COMMUNICATIONS, INC. EMERGENCY PETITION FOR PARTIAL WAIVER - PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED - CC DOCKET NO. 96-45.In the May 8, 1997, Universal Service Report and Order, the Commission directed all interstate telecommunications carriers, payphone providers, and others which provide interstate telecomunicatiosn service for a fee to contribute to the Universal Service Funds. Contributions to the universal service support mechanisms must be based in part on contributors' end-user telecommunications revenues from the previous year. Operator Communications, Inc. d/b/a Oncor Communications, Inc., a carrier that provides operator-assisted interexchange service from public telephones, has experienced a reduction in its end-user revenues and has filed a petition seeking authority to calculate its contribution on the basis of current revenues. Comments to this petition for partial waiver due July 29; replies due August 5. (DA No. 98-1409). Contact: Linda P. Armstrong, Accounting Policy Division at (202) 418-7400. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Public_Notices/1998/da981409.wp

Released: July 16, 1998. COMMISSION SEEKS COMMENT ON GVNW REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION AND/OR MODIFICATION OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS IN PARTS 32, 36, 54, AND 69 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES - CC DOCKET NO. 96-45.On June 16, 1998, GVNW filed a letter with the Commission requesting clarification and/or modification of certain provisions in Parts 32, 36, 54, and 69 of the Commission's rules. Parties may file comments on GVNW's letter by August 6; reply comments due August 20. (DA No. 98-1421). Contact: Sharon Webber, Accounting Policy Division at (202) 418-7400. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Public_Notices/1998/da981421.pdf

Released: July 16, 1998. EX PARTE PRESENTATION IN MM DOCKET NO. 96-16. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/OGC/Public_Notices/1998/pngc8001.wp

Released: July 16, 1998. FCC ANNOUNCES THE CONDITIONAL GRANT OF 36 LOCAL MULTIPOINT DISTRIBUTION SERVICE LICENSES (BALANCE OF WINNING BIDS ARE DUE BY JULY 30, 1998). (DA No. 98-1401). Contact: OMD: Linwood Jenkins at (202) 418-1995; WTB, Public Safety and Private Wireless Division: Bob James or James Moskowitz at (202) 418-0680. News Media Contact: Meribeth McCarrick (202) 418-0654. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Public_Notices/1998/da981401.wp

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U S WEST COMMUNICATIONS, INC. Suspended for one day and set for investigation U W WEST Communications, Inc.'s Transmittal No. 931, which seeks to establish rates, terms and conditions for number portability query services. Action by Chief, Competitive Pricing Division. Adopted: July 16, 1998. by MO&O. (DA No. 98-1400). CCB

APPLICATION FOR REVIEW AND MOTION FOR STAY OF ALLNET COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES, INC. Dismissed as moot Allnet Communications Services, Inc.'s application for review and motion for stay of an order of the Commission's Common Carrier Bureau granting Ameritech and Southwestern Bell waivers of Part 69 of the Comission's rules relating to the restructuring of charges for the provision of payphone service. Action by the Commission. Adopted: July 14, 1998. by MO&O. (FCC No. 98-161). CCB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Orders/1998/fcc98161.wp