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consumer with more choices in services and features than ever before, presents a challenge to the public policymaker who tries to determine how to ensure that telecommunications services are made available to the broadest range of consumers. Competition will take care of that to a certain extent. However, where appropriate, government may need to step in on issues such as interconnection rights, mutual compensation, and numbering to ensure that new entrants are treated as equals by incumbent carriers. Furthermore, revision of universal service and enhanced 911 policies needs to take into consideration both the wireless and the wireline industries.

Additionally, the wireless industry is often faced with federal and state regulatory processes that can slow down the deployment of new networks. Federal guidelines regarding site acquisition and radio frequency emissions are necessary to ensure timely availability of new services. There continues to be a high demand for wireless services, and the industry is poised to meet that demand. However, public policy should be developed such that the promise of wireless services as an integral component of the NII is realized.

Notes

1. The Composite CDMA/TDMA system is an air interface technology currently being standardized for PCS in the 1.8-GHz band.

2. Broadband PCS refers to the family of mobile or portable radio services operating in the 1.8-GHz range and providing a wide variety of innovative digital voice and data services.

3. Narrowband PCS services are expected to include advanced voice paging, two-way acknowledgment paging, data messaging, and both one-way and two-way messaging.



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