The US Federal Communications Commission has been particularly parsimonious in awarding pioneer’s preference licences for those keen to get going on building the planned US Personal Communications Services systems, and only three companies get the highly sought short cuts into the business, which are intended to reward true technological pioneers, and mean that the recipients do not have to bid in the auctions for spectrum capacity that all other contenders will have to face. The three are American Personal Communications Inc, Cox Enterprises Inc of Atlanta and Omnipoint Communications Inc. The Commission denied requests of 47 other applicants, including MCI Communications Corp. American Personal Communications is a partnership of the Washington Post Co and principals of Schelle Cellular Group Inc, and won its licence for its work on spectrum sharing technologies, Cox for its development of technology and equipment and Omnipoint for new techniques that would promote innovative new services.
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