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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

September 17, 1998


This order is another example of tremendous work of the many unsung heroes in our Wireless Bureau. This is a significant, ground-breaking achievement, an achievement of which I am extremely proud. Implementation of the Wireless Bureau's Universal Licensing System will literally revolutionize the way we conduct business with wireless applicants, licensees and the public. Just as ULS will replace outmoded licensing technology with a state-of-the-art automated system, this order replaces outmoded rules and forms with a fresh, significantly streamlined approach to the licensing process. This order represents the best aspects of our common sense agenda and serves as a model for future streamlining by the Commission's other bureaus.

ULS will fundamentally change the relationship between the FCC and the public by increasing the accessibility of information. Instead of having to come to Washington to obtain licensing information, or rely on expensive Washington insiders, anyone with a computer, a modem, and readily available software will be able to browse through our public database from their home or office. When fully implemented, users will be able to conveniently access a variety of publicly available information on wireless licensees, including information concerning the areas covered by such licenses.

We have taken steps to ensure that ULS electronic filing and data programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. In fact, implementation of ULS will open up countless opportunities to enterprising entrepreneurs who previously may have had the will, intelligence and skill to take a shot at developing the next killer application of wireless technology, but not necessarily the access. In this way, ULS will be extremely helpful in promoting opportunity to participate in the provision of wireless services.

This Report and Order is also a milestone in our 1998 biennial review. It is the first R&O issued as part of the Commission's 1998 biennial review of regulations pursuant to Section 11 of the Communications Act. It will ensure that wireless applicants and licensees are subject to less regulation and red tape. It will also speed the licensing process, so that we can introduce new entrants more quickly into this already competitive wireless marketplace.

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