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CHICAGO ENTREPRENEUR ENTERS WIRELESS WORLD WITHOUT SPECTRUM

When the federal government offered spectrum auction license incentives to women, minorities, small businesses and rural telephone companies a few years ago, Steve Neely didn’t bite.

Though a die-hard entrepreneur like his father, a role model who used to own and operate 26 Shell gas stations in Chicago, Neely shunned the glamour and gore of auctions to concentrate on his three Skynet stores.

Today, as one of Ameritech Corp.’s top resellers of paging and cellular services, Neely is looking good-certainly better than some of those who spent hundreds of millions of dollars on digital paging and pocket telephone licenses and who now face cold, blank stares from Wall Street investors and creditors.

Neely this month signed an agreement with 360

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