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                          STATEMENT OF
                   CHAIRMAN MICHAEL K. POWELL

Re: Western Wireless Corporation and WWC Holding Co., Inc., 
    Licensee of Cellular Radio Station KNKN343, CMA583 - North 
    Dakota 4 - McKenzie RSA; Notice of Apparent Liability for 

    I recently announced a comprehensive, proactive approach for 
addressing the Commission's responsibilities in the 
communications tower-siting area.  Enforcement action, where 
necessary, will be an integral part of this approach as 
demonstrated by our action today.  

    As I described in the Action Plan, the siting of 
communications towers places a number of worthy, but competing, 
federal interests in tension -- widespread deployment of advanced 
telecommunications networks, the protection of birds and 
endangered species, aviation safety, and the preservation of 
historic and cultural sites, to name a few.  Balancing these 
interests requires cooperation from a number of interested 
parties -- including state and federal agencies, Indian tribes, 
environmental groups, and the communications and tower