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February 24, 1998

Concurring Statement of Commissioner Ness

Re: Installment Payments for PCS Licensees

Given the Commission's continued delay in concluding its "C" Block reconsideration proceeding, I reluctantly agree that an extension of the election deadline is necessary. I concur because I am not in favor of prolonging the reconsideration proceeding.

Continuing to consider changes to our rules delays the marketplace certainty that must exist in order for systems to be financed and constructed. The result is to delay use of this spectrum, by those otherwise prepared to go forward, to provide beneficial services to the American public.

The Commission must come to a conclusion immediately on this matter so that the market can proceed.