Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, wrote the Federal Communications Commission this week, accusing the agency of treating a Utah applicant for a communications license unfairly compared to MIC and other large carriers.

He said an application from Telestar Co., of Salt Lake City was sent back by the Commission to a hearing examiner for further evidence and, according to Garn "inviting" the examiner to make an adverse finding against Telestar. "This seems illegal," Garn said.The effect of the Commission's request was to stretch out Telestar's license application process by 120 new witnesses, after 12 days of earlier testimony and two years of review. Garn said the delay has "effectively put Telestar out of business and denied access by residents of the western states to state-of-the-art digital microwave communications."