DAILY DIGEST

Vol. 17, No. 170                                          September 2,1998

**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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FRANCIS K. WILLIAMS LEAVES FCC TO ACCEPT INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS & INFORMATION POLICY POSITION AT U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE. IB. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/International/News_Releases/1998/nrin8032.wp

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Report No: MX98-1. Released: September 2, 1998. LOW POWER TELEVISION AND TELEVISION TRANSLATORS: MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE DISPLACEMENT APPLICATIONS. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/LPTV_Notices/pnmm8132.wp

Released: September 2, 1998. TARIFF TRANSMITTAL PUBLIC REFERENCE LOG - SEPTEMBER 1. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Public_Notices/Tariffs/combined/tt090298.pdf

Released: September 2, 1998. FCC ANNOUNCES THE NEXT MEETING OF THE NORTH AMERICAN NUMBERING COUNCIL (CC DOCKET 92-237). (DA No. 98-1770). Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Public_Notices/1998/da981770.wp

Report No: N-83-A. Released: September 2, 1998. COMMON CARRIER NETWORK SERVICES APPLICATIONS FILED UNDER RULES PART 68 - CONNECTION OF TERMINAL EQUIPMENT TO THE TELEPHONE NETWORK. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Public_Notices/1998/Part68_Actions/02sep98r.txt

Released: September 2, 1998. REQUEST BY BELL ATLANTIC-MASSACHUSETTS FOR LIMITED MODIFICATION OF LATA BOUNDARIES TO PROVIDE ELCS.On August 11, 1998, Bell Atlantic-Massachusetts filed a petition requesting modification of local access transport area boundaries to provide expanded local calling service between its Warren and Sturbridge exchanges in Massachusetts. Comments due September 16; replies September 30. Contact: Alan Thomas, Network Services Division at (202) 418-2338. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Public_Notices/1998/pncc8019.wp

Report No: 1376. Released: September 2, 1998. CABLE TELEVISION RELAY SERVICE (CARS) APPLICATIONS RE: APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR FILING.

Report No: SES-00003. Released: September 2, 1998. SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES INFORMATION RE: ACTIONS TAKEN. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/International/Public_Notices/1998/pnin8219.pdf

Report No: SES-00002. Released: September 2, 1998. SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES - RE: SATELLITE RADIO APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR FILING. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/International/Public_Notices/1998/pnin8218.pdf

Report No: TEL-00003S. Released: September 2, 1998. 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/pnin8220.pdf

Report No: 44318. Released: September 2, 1998. BROADCAST ACTIONS. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/Brdcst_Actions/ac980902.txt

Report No: 24318. Released: September 2, 1998. BROADCAST APPLICATIONS. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/Brdcst_Applications/ap980902.txt

Report No: D-1002. Released: September 2, 1998. MASS MEDIA BUREAU MULTIPOINT DISTRIBUTION SERVICE APPLICATIONS. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/MDS_Notices/md980902.pdf

Report No: D-1002-A. Released: September 2, 1998. MASS MEDIA BUREAU MULTIPOINT DISTRIBUTION SERVICE APPLICATIONS ACTIONS. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/MDS_Notices/md980902.pdf

Report No: 24318A. Released: September 2, 1998. INSTRUCTIONAL TELEVISION FIXED SERVICE: PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION PERMITS AND LICENSES. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Public_Notices/ITFS_Notices/pnmm8137.wp

Released: September 2, 1998. EX PARTE PRESENTATIONS AND POST-REPLY COMMENT PERIOD FILINGS IN PERMIT-BUT-DISCLOSE PROCEEDINGS. Contact: Barbara Lowe, Office of the Secretary, at (202) 418-0310. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Miscellaneous/Public_Notices/Exparte/1998/ex980902.html

Report No: 45. Released: September 2, 1998. WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU SITE-BY-SITE ACTION. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Public_Notices/1998/pnwl8112.pdf

Report No: 46. Released: September 2, 1998. WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU SITE-BY-SITE ACCEPTED FOR FILING. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Public_Notices/1998/pnwl8113.pdf

Report No: 42. Released: September 2, 1998. WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU ASSIGNMENT OF AUTHORIZATION AND TRANSFER OF CONTROL APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR FILING. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Public_Notices/1998/pnwl8111.pdf

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BELL ATLANTIC-VIRGINIA, INC. Granted Bell Atlantic-Virginia, Inc.'s three petitions requesting a limited modification of local access transport area boundaries to provide two-way, non-optional expanded local calling service between three exchanges in Virginia. Action by Deputy Chief, Network Services Division. Adopted: September 2, 1998. by MO&O. (DA No. 98-1740). CCB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Orders/1998/da981740.wp

TIME WARNER CABLE. Granted complaint filed against Time Warner Cable's January 1, 1998, cable programming services tier rate increase in Orange, NC. Action by Deputy Bureau Chief. Adopted: August 31, 1998. by Order. (DA No. 98-1749). CSB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Cable/Orders/1998/da981749.wp

TIME WARNER CABLE. Granted complaint filed against Time Warner Cable's January 1, 1998, cable programming services tier rate increase in Orange, NC. Action by Deputy Bureau Chief. Adopted: August 31, 1998. by Order. (DA No. 98-1750). CSB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Cable/Orders/1998/da981750.wp

TIME WARNER CABLE. Granted complaint filed against Time Warner Cable's January 1, 1998, cable programming services tier rate increase in Titusville, FL. Action by Deputy Bureau Chief. Adopted: August 31, 1998. by Order. (DA No. 98-1751). CSB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Cable/Orders/1998/da981751.wp

SUBURBAN CABLE TV, INC. Granted LFA complaint filed against Suburban Cable TV, Inc., concerning its charges for cable programming service tier in Doylestown, PA. Action by Deputy Bureau Chief. Adopted: August 31, 1998. by Order. (DA No. 98-1745). CSB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Cable/Orders/1998/da981745.wp

MARCUS CABLE ASSOCIATIONS, L.P. Denied Operators's Petition for Reconsideration of prior order concerning cable programming services tier rates in Columbus, Indiana. Action by Deputy Bureau Chief. Adopted: August 31, 1998. by Order on Recon. (DA No. 98-1747). CSB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Cable/Orders/1998/da981747.wp

WALLA WALLA, WA. Denied Broadcasting Licenses, LP's (BLLP) request for permanent waiver of Section 73.3555(b) of the Commission's Rules to permit the common ownership of television station KAYU(TV), Spokane, Washington and the new television station on Channel 9 at Walla Walla, Washington. Granted BLLP's application for a construction permit for a new commercial television station to operate on Channel 9, Walla Walla, Washington. Granted, subject to the outcome of the pending broadcast television ownership rulemaking in MM Docket Nos. 91-221 and 87-8, BLLP's request for conditional waiver of Section 73.355(5b) to permit BLLP's common ownership of KAYU(TV) and the Channel 9 proposal. Action by Bureau Chief. Adopted: August 31, 1998. by MO&O. (DA No. 98-1741). MMB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Mass_Media/Orders/1998/da981741.wp

ADDENDA: The following items, released September 1, 1998, did not appear in Digest No. 169:

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WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS ACTION - WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU GRANTS CTIA PETITION TO STAY LOCAL NUMBER PORTABILITY REQUIREMENT BY 9 MONTHS (CC DOCKET NO. 95-116) - REPORT NO. WT 98-27. The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, acting on delegated authority, issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order granting a petition filed by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) requesting a nine-month stay of the requirement that all cellular, broadband personal communications service (PCS), and covered specialized mobile radio (SMR) carriers provide service provider number portability by June 30, 1999, while supporting nationwide roaming. The Bureau finds that extending the deadline from June 30, 1999 to March 31, 2000 is necessary to ensure the efficient development of wireless number portability. Action by the Chief, Wireless Telecommuncations Bureau, September 1, 1998, by Memorandum Opinion and Order (DA 98-1763). News Media Contact: Meribeth McCarrick (202) 418-0654. WTB Contact: Jeanine Poltronieri at (202) 418-7384. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/News_Releases/1998/nrwl8037.wp

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Released: September 1, 1998. GTE SERVICE CORPORATION PETITIONS FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW RATE ELEMENTS TO OFFER SONET-BASED SWITCHED TRANSPORT SERVICES - PLEADING CYCLE ESTABLISHED.On July 17, 1998, GTE Service Corporation, on behalf of GTE Telephone Operating Companies and the GTE System Telephone Companies, filed a petition to provide additional SONET-based switched access services, or, in the alternative, petition for expedited waiver of Part 69 of the Commission's Rules to provide additional SONET-based switched access services. GTE requests authority to establish two new rate elements. The Commission is seeking comments on GTE's request. Comments due October 1, 1998; replies October 16, 1998. (DA No. 98-1738). Contact: Harold Watson, Competitive Pricing Division at (202) 418-1530. Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Public_Notices/1998/da981738.wp

Report No: 2004. Released: September 1, 1998. WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU WEEKLY RECEIPTS AND DISPOSALS.

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BELL SOUTH TELECOMMUNICATIONS, INC. Suspended for one day from the effective date and instituted an investigation of the referenced tariff transmittal - Bell South Transmittal No. 476 establishing a new offering, Bell South ADSL Service, to become effective September 2, 1998. Dkt No.: CC- 98-161. Action by Chief, Competitive Pricing Division. Adopted: September 1, 1998. by Order. (DA No. 98-1734). CCB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Orders/1998/da981734.wp

AMERITECH CORP., TRANSFEROR AND SBC COMMUNICATIONS INC., TRANSFEREE. Granted extension of time to file petitions/comments and oppositions/responses in this proceeding. Comments due October 15; replies November 16. Dkt No.: CC- 98-141. Action by Chief, Policy and Program Planning Division. Adopted: September 1, 1998. by Order. (DA No. 98-1765). CCB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Common_Carrier/Orders/1998/da981765.wp

AMENDMENT OF PART 15 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES. Proposed to amend part 15 of the Commission's Rules to allow the operation of fixed point-to-point transmitters in the 24.05-24.25 GHz band at field strengths of up to 2500 m V/m. Dkt No.: ET- 98-156. Action by the Commission. Adopted: August 21, 1998. by NPRM. (FCC No. 98-209). OET Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Engineering_Technology/Notices/1998/fcc98209.wp

REVISION OF PART 15 OF THE COMMISSION'S RULES REGARDING ULTRA-WIDEBAND TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS. Initiated inquiry to investigate the possibility of permitting the operation of ultra-wideband radio systems on an unlicensed basis under part 15 of the Commission's rules. Comments due 75 days from publication in Federal Register; reply comments due 105 days from publication in Federal Register. Dkt No.: 98-153. Action by the Commission. Adopted: August 20, 1998. by Notice of Inquiry. (FCC No. 98-208). OET Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Engineering_Technology/Notices/1998/fcc98208.wp

TELEPHONE NUMBER PORTABILITY. Granted a petition filed by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) requesting a nine-month stay of the requirement that all cellular, broadband personal communications service (PCS), and covered specialized mobile radio (SMR) carriers provide service provider number portability by June 30, 1999, while supporting nationwide roaming. The Bureau finds that extending the deadline from June 30, 1999 to March 31, 2000 is necessary to ensure the efficient development of wireless number portability. Dkt No.: CC- 95-116. Action by Bureau Chief. Adopted: September 1, 1998. by MO&O. (DA No. 98-1763). WTB Internet URL: http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Orders/1998/da981763.wp

RIG TELEPHONES, INC. D/B/A DATACOM. Granted Rig Telephones, Inc.'s d/b/a Datacom's request for waiver of part 101 of the Commission's rules to permit it to 1) use channels in 10 megahertz wide in the 2110-2130/2160-2180 MHz bands; and 2) transmit common carrier message traffic in the 1850-1990 MHz band. Action by Chief, Public Safety and Private Wireless Division. Adopted: August 31, 1998. by Order. (DA No. 98-1739). WTB