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FCC HEARING PANELIST DISCUSSES FUTURE OF PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

 FCC HEARING PANELIST DISCUSSES FUTURE
 OF PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
 WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The president of a small, entrepreneurial New York-based company today joined with other leading telecommunication experts at a Federal Communications Commission hearing designed to help shape the future of personal communication services (PCS), which provide wireless communications to individuals rather than fixed points.
 Testifying today before the FCC's "en banc" hearing on personal communications services (PCS), R. Craig Roos, president and chief executive officer of Personal Communications Network Services of New York, Inc. (a subsidiary of Locate, Inc.) said Locate's existing digital microwave infrastructure in New York will allow for the quick start and early introduction of some personal communications services.
 Roos and PCNS-NY urged the commission to usher in the next revolution in communications services by allocating spectrum to PCS in 1992 and to initiate rulemaking to establish a regulatory framework for licensing common carriers to provide the broad family of services that will constitute PCS. PCS will offer high quality, reasonably priced portable communications within buildings as well as at outdoor public access locations to a broad base of consumers.
 "With PCS, individuals will be able to use a single, reasonably priced handset to access comprehensive, versatile wireless telecommunications services from within buildings and at outdoor public locations," Roos said.
 Besides Roos, other panel members who addressed the definition of personal communications services included: Craig O. McCaw, chairman and chief executive officer of McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc.; John E. Defeo, president and chief executive officer of U.S. West-New Vector Group, Inc.; Clifford A. Bean, director of Mobile Telecommunications Consulting Practice, Arthur D. Little, Inc.; and W. Russell Neuman, director, Communications Research Group, the Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Other panel discussions covered other areas of issues related to PCS, including: Technologies for PCS; Spectrum for PCS; and Regulatory Issues.
 "PCS is destined to revolutionize communications by permitting individuals to control how they send, handle and receive calls. The network will not control the individual," Roos said.
 Personal communications services are not currently available in the United States. To achieve the ubiquity and versatility that is critical to PCS, a tetherless, common carrier microcell network is required. This network will be capable of originating and terminating calls without accessing the public switched networks. This PCS network also will interconnect to, and be compatible with, existing fixed and cellular networks.
 Additionally, Roos and PCNS-NY called for the commission to allocate spectrum for PCS to effectively liberate consumers from the constraints of the wireline network. "We commend the commission for its commitment to allocating spectrum to PCS in 1992 and concur with the commission's goal of finding a source of spectrum for PCS that will minimize the disturbance to existing users," said Ross.
 Pioneer Preference
 PCNS-NY has applied for a Pioneer's Preference for a PCS license in New York based on its innovative efforts to evaluate the capabilities of various PCS technologies and has proposed the use of frequencies in the 10 and 18 GHz band currently allocated to Digital Termination Service (DTS) to interconnect PCS network base stations, provide network connectivity and to reinvigorate the dormant DTS service.
 Migration Plan
 In addition, Roos said, PCNS-NY has developed an innovative proposal for migrating existing fixed microwave users in the 1.8 to 2.2 GHz band to common carrier microwave networks operating on higher frequencies. This proposal, Roos said, it gaining industry acceptance, and has been the subject of promising discussions between PCNS-NY and private microwave users in the New York City metropolitan area.
 Roos added that PCNS-NY believes that its migration plan provides a feasible, nationwide solution for PCS and existing private microwave users.
 Locate (Local Area Telecommunications, Inc.) is an entrepreneurial, local telecommunications services company that offers a full range of service as a cost-effective alternative to the local telephone companies in New York and New Jersey. The company provides reliable back-up services to minimize and prevent the loss of telephone service resulting from primary service interruption. LOCATE specializes in the engineering and construction of state-of-the-art digital microwave systems and operates its own Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) in the New York City metropolitan area.
 Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Personal Communications Network Services of New York (PCNS-NY), LOCATE is continuing its pioneering work in PCS with technical experimentation and market research.
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 NOTE: Full copy of Roos' testimony is available upon request.
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