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                           Before the
                Federal Communications Commission
                     Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of                )
                                )
American Tower Corporation      )    File No. EB-00-TP-132
                                )    NAL/Acct. No. 200132070004 
Boston, MA                     ) 
                                     

                              ORDER

Adopted:  July 2, 2001                  Released:  August 2, 2001

By the Commission:

     1.   In this Order, we adopt a Consent Decree terminating an 
enforcement   proceeding   initiated   against   American   Tower 
Corporation (``ATC'') for apparent violations  of Part 17 of  the 
Commission's Rules  (the  ``Rules'')  relating  to  construction, 
marking  and  lighting  of  antenna  structures  and  a   related 
investigation.

     2.   On January 16,  2001, the  Commission issued  to ATC  a 
Notice of  Apparent Liability  for Forfeiture  (``NAL'')1 for  36 
apparent violations  of  Sections 17.4(a),  17.4(a)(1),  17.4(g), 
17.45 and  17.57 of  the  Rules.2  Respectively,  these  sections 
require that antenna structure owners properly register  existing 
antenna  structures,  register  an  antenna  structure  prior  to 
construction, post antenna  structure registration numbers,  mark 
and  light  antenna  structures,  and  report  antenna  structure 
ownership changes. After  reviewing the  facts and  circumstances 
surrounding the  alleged  violations, the  Commission  found  ATC 
apparently liable for a forfeiture  in the amount of two  hundred 
twelve thousand dollars ($212,000). The Commission also  directed 
the Enforcement  Bureau to  conduct  a further  investigation  of 
ATC's overall level of  compliance with the Commission's  antenna 
structure painting, lighting and registration requirements.

     3.   The Commission staff and ATC have negotiated the  terms 
of a Consent Decree that would resolve this matter and  terminate 
this enforcement  proceeding and  the related  investigation.   A 
copy of the Consent Decree is attached hereto and incorporated by 
reference.  As detailed  in the Consent  Decree, ATC has  agreed, 
among other things, to institute a compliance plan and to make  a 
voluntary contribution  to  the  United States  Treasury  in  the 
amount of three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000). 

     4.   Based on  the record  before us,  we conclude  that  no 
substantial or material questions of fact exist as to whether ATC 
possesses the basic  qualifications, including  those related  to 
character, to hold or obtain any FCC license or authorization.

     5.   After reviewing  the terms  of the  Consent Decree,  we 
find that the public  interest would be  served by approving  the 
Consent Decree, rescinding  the NAL and  terminating the  further 
investigation ordered in the NAL.  

     6.   Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Sections  4(i), 
4(j) and 503(b) of the  Communications Act of 1934, as  amended,3 
that the attached Consent Decree IS ADOPTED.

     7.   IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the January 16, 2001, Notice 
of Apparent Liability  issued to  ATC IS RESCINDED  and that  the 
further investigation ordered in the Notice of Apparent Liability 
IS TERMINATED.

     8.   ATC shall make its voluntary contribution to the United 
States Treasury by mailing a check or similar instrument, payable 
to the order  of the  Federal Communications  Commission, to  the 
Federal Communications Commission, Forfeiture Collection Section, 
Finance Branch,  P.O. Box  73482, Chicago,  Illinois  60673-7482.  
The payment should reference NAL/Acct. No. 200132070004.    

     9.   IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Secretary SHALL SIGN the 
Consent Decree on behalf of the Commission.



                              FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
                         


                              Magalie Roman Salas
                              Secretary                         CONSENT DECREE

                        I.  Introduction

          This Consent Decree  is made  and entered  into by  and 
between  the  Federal  Communications  Commission  (``FCC'')  and 
American Tower Corporation  and its  affiliates and  subsidiaries 
(``ATC''),  which  own  and  manage  antenna  structures  located 
throughout the United States.

                         II.  Background

     1.   On January  16,  2001,  the  FCC  issued  a  Notice  of 
Apparent  Liability  to  ATC  in  the  amount  of  $212,000  (the 
``NAL''), stating  that it  appeared that  ATC had  violated  the 
provisions of 47 C.F.R.   17.1 et seq.,  (the ``FCC Rules'')  by 
failing to (1)  timely register two  antenna structures with  the 
FCC; (2)  file  timely  notifications of  ownership  changes  for 
twenty four  towers;  (3)  properly post  the  Antenna  Structure 
Registration Number assigned by the FCC for nine towers; and  (4) 
install and  maintain  temporary  lighting  on  one  tower.   The 
forfeiture proposed  in  the NAL  consisted  of a  $106,000  base 
forfeiture, which was doubled by the FCC.  The FCC also  directed 
the  Enforcement  Bureau  (``Bureau'')   to  conduct  a   further 
investigation of  ATC's  compliance with  the  antenna  structure 
rules.

     2.   ATC timely responded to the NAL on March 1, 2001.
     
     3.   Both prior to and  since the issuance  of the NAL,  the 
Bureau has  issued  other Notices  of  Violation and  Letters  of 
Inquiry  (collectively,  ``NOVs'')  to  ATC  for  other  possible 
violations of the FCC's Rules which were not included in the  NAL 
(the ``Other NOVs'').  The Bureau has uncovered what it  believes 
to be other potential  violations of the  FCC's Rules which  have 
not been cited  in an NOV  or NAL,  and ATC has  reported to  the 
Bureau that it  has examined  its compliance with  the Rules  and 
identified certain other potential violations. 

     4.   On April 4, 2001, ATC executives met with the Bureau to 
detail ATC's compliance efforts through that date and present the 
Bureau with ATC's compliance plan (the ``Compliance Plan'').  The 
Compliance Plan outlines  the processes and  procedures that  ATC 
has been implementing in an effort to ensure compliance with  the 
FCC's Rules in the future.

                        III.  Definitions

     For the  purposes  of  this Consent  Decree,  the  following 
definitions shall apply:

          (a)  ``FCC''   means    the   Federal    Communications 
Commission.

          (b)  ``Bureau'' means the FCC's Enforcement Bureau.

          (c)  ``ATC'' means American Tower Corporation on behalf 
               of its affiliates and subsidiaries.

          (d)  ``NAL'' means  the  Notice of  Apparent  Liability 
               issued to ATC by the FCC on January 16, 2001.

          (e)  ``FCC's  Rules''  means  the  FCC's  tower-related 
               rules in 47 C.F.R.  17.1 et seq.

          (f)  ``NOV'' means a Notice  of Violation or Letter  of 
               Inquiry.

          (g)  ``Other  NOVs''  means  NOVs  for  other  possible 
               violations of  the  FCC's Rules  which  have  been 
               issued both prior to and since the issuance of the 
               NAL, and which were not included in the NAL.

          (h)  ``Other   Potential   Violations''   means   other 
               possible violations of  the FCC's Rules  uncovered 
               by the Bureau or ATC  prior to and since  issuance 
               of the NAL which have  not been cited in an  Other 
               NOV or  NAL,  except  for  such  violations  which 
               either  have  not  been  corrected  or  for  which 
               substantial and documented  efforts at  compliance 
               (e.g., filing forms with governmental agencies  or 
               ordering parts from suppliers) have not been taken 
               by the sixtieth day following the signing of  this 
               Consent Decree by both parties.

          (i)  ``Order'' means an order of the FCC adopting  this 
               Consent Decree.

          (j)  ``Final Order'' means an action  by the FCC or  by 
               its staff   pursuant  to delegated  authority  (i) 
               which has not been vacated, reversed, stayed,  set 
               aside, annulled or suspended, (ii) with respect to 
               which  no  timely  appeal,  request  for  stay  or 
               petition for rehearing, reconsideration or  review 
               by any party or by the  FCC on its own motion,  is 
               pending, and (iii) as to which the time for filing 
               any such  appeal,  request, petition,  or  similar 
               document or for the  reconsideration or review  by 
               the FCC on its own motion under the Communications 
               Act of 1934, as amended,  and the FCC's rules  and 
               regulations, has expired.

          (k)  ``Compliance  Plan''  means   the  processes   and 
               procedures developed by ATC in an effort to ensure 
               continuing compliance  with  the FCC's  Rules,  as 
               summarized  in  an  attachment  to  this   Consent 
               Decree.

                         IV.  Agreement

     5.   ATC and  the FCC  agree  to be  legally bound  by  this 
Consent Decree.

     6.   ATC and the FCC agree that this Consent Decree does not 
constitute an adjudication of the  merits, or any finding on  the 
facts or law  regarding any  compliance or  noncompliance by  ATC 
with the FCC's Rules arising out of the NAL, Other NOVs or  Other 
Potential Violations.  ATC  and the FCC  agree that this  Consent 
Decree is for settlement  purposes only and  that by agreeing  to 
this Consent  Decree,  ATC  does  not  admit  any  noncompliance, 
violation, or liability associated with or arising from the  NAL, 
Other NOVs or Other Potential Violations before the date of  this 
Consent Decree.

     7.   In consideration of the actions of the FCC described in 
Paragraph 8 below:

          (a)  As part of its effort to ensure future  compliance 
with the FCC's  Rules, ATC  will implement  the Compliance  Plan, 
which is summarized in an attachment hereto.  The Compliance Plan 
has five  distinct components  governing compliance  relating  to 
towers  acquired  by  ATC  through  purchase  or  merger,  towers 
constructed or modified by ATC, monitoring of tower lighting  and 
painting, maintaining records of lighting outages and handling of 
NOV responses.  ATC may modify  the Compliance Plan as  necessary 
to better ensure continuing compliance with the FCC's Rules.  ATC 
contemporaneously will notify, in writing, the Chief, Enforcement 
Bureau, Federal Communications  Commission, Washington, D.C.,  of 
any modification to the Compliance Plan.  The Commission, through 
the Chief, Enforcement  Bureau, may disapprove,  in writing,  any 
such modification within  25 calendar  days of  receipt of  ATC's 
notification where it finds that the modification is inconsistent 
with the terms of the Consent Decree or the Commission's rules or 
policies.

          (b)  ATC  will  continue  to  conduct  formal  training 
sessions for its  personnel with  responsibilities involving  FAA 
and FCC  compliance.  ATC  will  revise, as  necessary,  training 
materials to  be distributed  to  its employees  on FAA  and  FCC 
compliance  matters.   ATC  will   apprise  employees  of   ATC's 
intention  to  take   appropriate  disciplinary  action   against 
employees who do not follow the Compliance Plan.

          (c)  ATC  will make  a  voluntary contribution  to  the 
United States Treasury  in the amount  of Three Hundred  Thousand 
Dollars ($300,000) within ten days after the Order adopting  this 
Consent Decree  has become  a Final  Order.  ATC  will make  this 
contribution without  further protest  or recourse  by mailing  a 
check or similar instrument, payable to the order of the  Federal 
Communications  Commission,   to   the   Federal   Communications 
Commission, Forfeiture Collection  Section, Finance Branch,  P.O. 
Box 73482,  Chicago,  Illinois 60673-7482.   The  payment  should 
reference NAL/Acct. No. 200132070004.  

     8.   In   express   reliance   upon   the   covenants    and 
representations contained herein:

          (a) The FCC will issue an order directing the Secretary 
to sign this Consent Decree and in which it will either vacate or 
rescind the NAL,  terminate the investigation  of the Other  NOVs 
and  Other  Potential  Violations,  and  terminate  the   further 
investigation directed by the FCC in Paragraph 12 of the NAL (the 
''Order'').  Following  issuance  of  the  Order,  the  FCC  will 
continue its routine inspections of ATC's antenna structures.

          (b)  In  the absence  of material  new evidence  (which 
shall not include the issuance of additional NOVs) concerning the 
Consent Decree, the NAL, Other NOVs or Other Potential Violations 
that implicates ATC's  basic qualifications (e.g.,  disqualifying 
misrepresentation or lack of  candor), the FCC  will not use  the 
fact of this Consent Decree, the  NAL, the Other NOVs, the  Other 
Potential Violations or the  underlying facts, behavior, acts  or 
omissions or which  relate to  them, for  any purpose  whatsoever 
relating to ATC and  will treat the NAL,  the Other NOVs and  the 
Other Potential Violations as null, void and expunged from  ATC's 
record for all purposes including, but not limited to, any future 
qualifications  issue,  future  licensing  proceeding  or  future 
transfer of control or assignment of license or permit  involving 
ATC. 

     9.   In consideration  for  the actions  taken  pursuant  to 
Paragraphs  7 and  8,  ATC  and  the  FCC  agree  to  the  terms, 
conditions and procedures contained herein.

     10.  ATC agrees  that  the  FCC has  jurisdiction  over  the 
matters contained in  this Consent  Decree and  the authority  to 
enter into and adopt this Consent Decree.

     11.  The FCC  and  ATC  hereby waive  their  right  to  seek 
judicial review of this Consent Decree or the Order, or otherwise 
to contest or challenge their validity, provided that the Consent 
Decree is adopted without change, addition, or modification.

     12.  ATC and the  FCC agree that  the effectiveness of  this 
Consent Decree  is expressly  conditioned  upon issuance  of  the 
Order, provided  that  the  Consent  Decree  is  adopted  without 
change, addition, or modification.

     13.  ATC and  the FCC  agree  that in  the event  that  this 
Consent Decree  is rendered  invalid by  any court  of  competent 
jurisdiction, it shall become null and  void and may not be  used 
in any manner in any legal proceeding.

     14.  If the United States on behalf of the FCC or ATC should 
bring an action to enforce the terms of this Consent Decree,  the 
parties agree  that they  will not  contest the  validity of  the 
Consent Decree, they will waive any statutory right to a trial de 
novo with respect  to any matter  upon which the  Order is  based 
(provided in each case that the Order is limited to adopting  the 
Consent Decree  without change,  addition, or  modification)  and 
they will consent to a  judgment incorporating the terms of  this 
Consent Decree.

     15.  Each party to  this Consent Decree  shall bear its  own 
attorney fees and costs and ATC agrees to waive any claims it may 
otherwise have under  the Equal  Access to Justice  Act, Title  5 
U.S.C.  504  and 47  C.F.R.  1.1501  et seq.,  relating to  the 
matters discussed in this Consent Decree.

     16.  ATC agrees that  any violation of  this Consent  Decree 
shall constitute a violation of  an FCC order, entitling the  FCC 
to exercise any rights and remedies attendant to the  enforcement 
of an FCC order.

     17.  ATC and the FCC agree that the terms and conditions  of 
Sections 7(a)-(b) of this Consent  Decree shall remain in  effect 
for thirty  six  (36) months  from  the effective  date  of  this 
Consent Decree, which shall be the release date of the Order  and 
that the  terms and  conditions of  Section 8  shall survive  the 
expiration of this Consent  Decree.  ATC and  the FCC also  agree 
that any provision  of this Consent  Decree which conflicts  with 
any subsequent  rule, order  of general  applicability, or  other 
decision of  general applicability  adopted by  the FCC  will  be 
superseded by such rule, order or other decision.
          18.  This Consent Decree  represents the complete  agreement 
between the  parties to  the Consent  Decree and  supersedes  any 
other agreements,  understandings  and representations,  if  any.  
The parties represent, warrant and  agree that the provisions  of 
this Consent Decree  are binding  on each of  them in  accordance 
with their  terms,  and that  the  signatories hereto  have  been 
authorized by the parties to execute this Consent Decree on their 
behalf.  This Consent  Decree may be  signed in counterparts  and 
may be amended  only by a  written instrument signed  by all  the 
parties hereto.


                    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

                    
                    By:  ________________________           Date: 
__________
                         Magalie Roman Salas
                         Secretary


                    AMERICAN  TOWER  CORPORATION,  on  behalf  of 
                    itself and its affiliates and subsidiaries


                    By:  ________________________           Date: 
                    __________
                         Steven B. Dodge
                         Its Chief Executive Officer






               Summary of Part 17 Compliance Plan
                               of
                   American Tower Corporation

     As  part  of  its  effort  to  ensure  compliance  with  the 
Communications Act of 1934, as  amended, and the FCC's rules  and 
regulations,  ATC  has  developed  and  is  in  the  process   of 
implementing  an  enhanced   regulatory  Compliance  Plan.    The 
Compliance Plan  will  be  overseen  by  ATC's  Director  of  FCC 
Compliance, its  Director of  National Operations  and its  Chief 
Operating Officer and  will be implemented  by ATC's five  Senior 
Regulatory Compliance Specialists  (``FCC Specialists'') and  the 
developmental   and   operational   personnel   with   compliance 
responsibilities in each of ATC's 20 areas.

     The  Compliance  Plan  addresses  five  specific  areas   of 
interaction with  the FAA  and FCC:   tower acquisition  (through 
purchase  or  merger),   tower  construction  and   modification, 
monitoring of lighting and painting, records of lighting outages, 
and  NOV  responses.   The   Compliance  Plan  also  includes   a 
significant training component  and periodic  internal audits  to 
assess the effectiveness of the Compliance Plan.  ATC may  modify 
the Compliance  Plan as  necessary  to better  ensure  continuing 
compliance with the FCC's Rules.  

Tower Acquisitions:      During pre-closing  due  diligence,  ATC 
                    corporate personnel will  obtain the TIN  and 
                    Antenna Structure Registration Number of  all 
                    towers  being  acquired.   Ownership   change 
                    filings will  be completed  by the  corporate 
                    legal   department   immediately    following 
                    consummation.  Prior  to  closing,  ATC  will 
                    have field  personnel inspect  each tower  to 
                    identify and require that the seller complete 
                    (or at least initiate) corrective measures to 
                    bring  the  towers  into  compliance   before 
                    consummation.  

Construction/Alteration: Responsibility   for    FAA   and    FCC 
                    compliance has been vested with the five  FCC 
                    Specialists,  although   they  may   delegate 
                    completion   of   specific   tasks   to   the 
                    appropriate   area   compliance   specialist.  
                    Prior to  construction  or  alteration  of  a 
                    tower,  ATC   will  seek   a  ``No   Hazard'' 
                    Determination from  the FAA.   If  necessary, 
                    the tower will  then be  registered with  the 
                    FCC.  Once  regulatory  approvals  have  been 
                    obtained, the project or construction manager 
                    must  obtain   written  approval   from   the 
                    appropriate     FCC     Specialist     before 
                    construction may commence.  Appropriate signs 
                    must be posted at this junction, and lighting 
                    must be installed  at the appropriate  points 
                    during construction.  Within  24 hours  after 
                    construction ceases or the tower reaches  its 
                    greatest  height,  the  construction  project 
                    manager    must    again    obtain    written 
                    confirmation   from   the   FCC    Specialist 
                    confirming that all construction  obligations 
                    have  been  satisfied.   Then,  if  required, 
                    proper notice  is given  to  the FAA  and  an 
                    ``NT'' filing  is made  with the  FCC.   Once 
                    development is completed,  the tower is  then 
                    turned over to the operational personnel.

Monitoring of Lighting
and Painting:                 Lighting on ATC towers is monitored 
                    by ATC's  Network Operations  Control  Center 
                    (``NOCC''), or other third-party contractors.  
                    When a  lighting outage  is detected  by  the 
                    NOCC,  a  Notice  to  Airman  (``NOTAM'')  is 
                    requested from the FAA  if the outage  cannot 
                    be  corrected  within  30  minutes.   When  a 
                    lighting outage is detected by a third  party 
                    contractor, that  party  contacts  the  NOCC, 
                    which then  requests the  NOTAM.  Failure  of 
                    the  remote  monitoring  equipment  or  other 
                    communications failure will  not relieve  ATC 
                    of its responsibility for compliance with the 
                    lighting requirements.   Once the  NOTAM  has 
                    been opened  or a  communications failure  is 
                    being  investigated,   the   NOCC   opens   a 
                    ``trouble  ticket''  for  the  site  in   its 
                    database   and   contacts   the   operational 
                    personnel responsible  for the  site so  that 
                    timely repairs can be  made.  If the  problem 
                    cannot be  fixed  within the  initial  15-day 
                    NOTAM period, the NOTAM is extended.  When an 
                    outage or communications failure is repaired, 
                    the operational  person responsible  for  the 
                    site  notifies  the  NOCC,  which  internally 
                    closes  the   ``trouble   ticket''   in   its 
                    database.   If  applicable,  the  NOCC   then 
                    notifies the FAA  to close the  NOTAM.  As  a 
                    check  on  this  system,  the  NOCC  operator 
                    closing a NOTAM  must enter  the initials  of 
                    the FAA Flight Service Station personnel  who 
                    answered the  call.   In addition,  ATC  will 
                    conduct periodic  visual inspections  of  its 
                    towers  to  ensure  that  tower  painting  is 
                    properly  maintained  and  that  the  Antenna 
                    Structure  Registration  Number  is  properly 
                    posted.

Records of Light Outages:     ATC will  maintain records  of  all 
                    observed or otherwise known lighting  outages 
                    or   improperly    functioning   lights    in 
                    accordance with  Section 17.49  of the  FCC's 
                    Rules.  These records will include the nature 
                    of the  outage or  improper functioning;  the 
                    date  or   time   the  outage   or   improper 
                    functioning was observed or otherwise  noted; 
                    the date  and time  of FAA  notification,  if 
                    applicable; and the date, time and nature  of 
                    adjustments, repairs or replacements made.

NOV Responses:           ATC  has  updated   the  FCC's   Antenna 
                    Structure Registration Database  to list  its 
                    five FCC  Specialists  as  contacts  to  help 
                    ensure NOVs  are timely  received.  The  five 
                    FCC Specialists  are responsible  for  timely 
                    responding to NOVs, in consultation with  the 
                    appropriate field personnel, ATC's  corporate 
                    legal department and outside FCC counsel.

Training:                     All new company employees with  FAA 
                    or  FCC   compliance   responsibilities   are 
                    routinely   and   formally   trained   by   a 
                    designated  trainer   in   ATC's   compliance 
                    procedures.  ATC is  refining its  compliance 
                    memoranda, which covers topics including  FAA 
                    Notification,    FAA    Antenna     Structure 
                    Registration and Sign  Posting, Painting  and 
                    Lighting Requirements  and NOTAM  procedures.  
                    These memoranda  and ATC's  training will  be 
                    regularly   refined    as    necessary    and 
                    appropriate   to   effect   improvements   in 
                    compliance  matters.   In   addition,  at   a 
                    minimum, employees with such responsibilities 
                    will receive refresher training annually.

_________________________

  1  American Tower Corporation, 16 FCC Rcd 1282 (2001).

  2  47 C.F.R.  17.4(a), 17.4(a)(1), 17.45 and 17.57.

  3  47 U.S.C.  154(i), 154(j) and 503(b).