AGREEMENT AND PLAN

 

                                                                   Exhibit 10.76

                        AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF MERGER

                                   among

                        PHONETEL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.,

                            PHONETEL CCI, INC.,

                       CHEROKEE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

                                    and

                         ALL OF THE SHAREHOLDERS OF

                       CHEROKEE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

                             November 21, 1996

                             TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                                                       Page

                                 ARTICLE I

         PURCHASE AND SALE OF THE SHARES; THE CLOSING.................  2

1.1      The Merger...................................................  2
1.2      Consideration for Conversion of Shares.......................  2
1.3      Closing Payment..............................................  3
1.4      Consideration Adjustments....................................  4
1.5      Adjustment Schedule..........................................  6
1.6      Escrow.......................................................  8
1.7      Appointment of the Seller Representatives....................  9
1.8      The Closing.................................................. 10
1.9      Deliveries by the Sellers. .................................. 11
1.10     Deliveries by the Buyer...................................... 14
1.11     Articles of Incorporation; By-Laws........................... 15
1.12     Directors and Officers of the Surviving
         Corporation.................................................. 15
1.13     Rate Cap Consideration Adjustments........................... 16

                                 ARTICLE II

                   REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF EACH SELLER...... 17

2.1      Authorization; Binding Obligation............................ 17
2.2      Title to the Securities...................................... 18

2.3      Consents and Approvals; No Violation......................... 19
2.4      Fees To Brokers or Other Parties. ........................... 20

                                ARTICLE III

               REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF CCI AND THE SELLERS
                            (OTHER THAN BERTHEL FISHER)............... 20

3.1      Organization and Standing; Subsidiaries. .................... 21
3.2      Organizational Documents and Corporate
         Records...................................................... 22
3.3      Authorization................................................ 23
3.4      CCI Capitalization........................................... 23
3.5      Consents and Approvals; No Violation......................... 25
3.6      Financial Statements......................................... 26
3.7      Absence of Undisclosed Liabilities........................... 27
3.8      Accounts Receivable.......................................... 28
3.9      Equipment.................................................... 29
3.10     Absence of Certain Changes or Events......................... 29
3.11     Properties and Assets........................................ 31
3.12     Contracts.................................................... 31
3.13     Compliance with Laws and Permits............................. 33
3.14     Litigation and Arbitration................................... 34
3.15     Employee Matters............................................. 35
3.16     Labor Relations.............................................. 35
3.17     Taxes........................................................ 36
3.18     Intellectual Property........................................ 38
3.19     Environmental Matters........................................ 38
3.20     Insurance.................................................... 41
3.21     Bank Accounts................................................ 42
3.22     Customers and Suppliers...................................... 42
3.23     Affiliate Transactions....................................... 43
3.24     Prior Acquisitions........................................... 43
3.25     Interests in Real Property................................... 43

                                 ARTICLE IV

                    REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF THE BUYER....... 46

4.1      Organization and Standing.................................... 46
4.2      Authorization; Binding Obligation............................ 46
4.3      Consents and Approvals; No Violation......................... 47
4.4      Buyer Shares................................................. 48
4.5      SEC Documents................................................ 48

                                 ARTICLE V

                               ADDITIONAL COVENANTS................... 49

5.1      Transfer and Other Taxes; Preparation
         and Filing of Tax Returns; Payment of
         Taxes; Tax Year.............................................. 49
5.2      Further Assurances; Cooperation.............................. 53
5.3      Notification of Certain Matters.............................. 54
5.4      Confidentiality and Exclusivity.............................. 54
5.5      Publicity.................................................... 55

5.6      Expenses..................................................... 56
5.7      Due Diligence................................................ 57
5.8      Interim Conduct of Business.................................. 57
5.9      Excluded Assets.............................................. 60
5.10     1996 Audit................................................... 61
5.11     Permits...................................................... 61
5.13     Cooperation in Financings.................................... 62
5.14     Options...................................................... 63
5.15     Payment of Certain Liabilities............................... 63

                                 ARTICLE VI

              CONDITIONS.............................................. 63

6.1      Conditions Precedent to Obligations of
         the Buyer.................................................... 63
6.2      Conditions Precedent to Obligations of
         CCI and the Sellers.......................................... 65

                                ARTICLE VII

                      SURVIVAL OF REPRESENTATIONS AND
                        WARRANTIES; INDEMNIFICATION................... 66

7.1      Survival of Representations and Warranties................... 66
7.2      Statements as Representations................................ 67
7.3      Indemnification by the Sellers............................... 67
7.4      Indemnification by the Buyer. ............................... 70
7.5      Limitations on Indemnification............................... 71
7.6      Indemnification Procedures................................... 73
7.7      Tax Indemnification.......................................... 76

                                ARTICLE VIII

                   MISCELLANEOUS...................................... 82

8.1      Consent to Service........................................... 82
8.2      Parties in Interest; No Third Party
         Beneficiaries................................................ 83
8.3      Exhibits and Disclosure Schedule............................. 83
8.4      Entire Agreement. ........................................... 83
8.5      Waiver of Compliance......................................... 84
8.6      Validity..................................................... 84
8.7      Counterparts................................................. 84
8.8      Headings..................................................... 84
8.9      Governing Law; Arbitration................................... 85
8.10     Notices...................................................... 87
8.11     Termination or Abandonment................................... 89
8.12     Effect of Termination........................................ 89

                                 ARTICLE IX

              DEFINITIONS............................................. 90

9.1      Definitions.................................................. 90

Exhibit A -       Shareholders of CCI
Exhibit B -       Escrow Agreement
Exhibit C -       Bailey Employment Agreement
Exhibit D -       Marshall Employment Agreement
Exhibit E -       Beddow Employment Agreement
Exhibit F -       Certificate of Non-Foreign Status
Exhibit G -       Financial Statements
Exhibit H -       Excluded Assets
Exhibit I -       Permits Required
Exhibit J -       Consents Required

                        AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF MERGER

        AGREEMENT AND PLAN OF MERGER (the "Agreement"), dated as of November 
21, 1996, among PhoneTel Technologies, Inc., an Ohio corporation (the "Buyer"),
Phonetel CCI, Inc., a Texas corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Buyer
("Merger Sub"), Cherokee Communications, Inc., a Texas corporation ("CCI"), and
all of the shareholders of CCI and the holders of options, warrants and
convertible preferred stock of CCI (collectively, the "Sellers"), whose names,
addresses and holdings in CCI are set forth on Exhibit A hereto. WHEREAS, CCI is
engaged in the business of owning and operating microprocessor-based pay
telephones and related activities; and WHEREAS, the Boards of Directors of the
Buyer, Merger Sub and CCI have each approved, and deem it advisable and in the
best interests of their respective shareholders to consummate, the merger of
Merger Sub with and into CCI, with CCI as the Surviving Corporation, upon the
terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein; NOW, THEREFORE, in
consideration of the mutual agreements, covenants, representations and
warranties set forth herein, and intending to be legally bound hereby, the
parties hereto agree as follows:

                                 ARTICLE I

                PURCHASE AND SALE OF THE SHARES; THE CLOSING

                1.1 The Merger. Upon the terms and subject to the conditions of
this Agreement and in accordance with Article 5.06 of the Texas Business
Corporation Act, at the Effective Time, Merger Sub shall be merged with and into
CCI (the "Merger") and the separate corporate existence of Merger Sub shall
cease. After the Merger, CCI shall continue as the surviving corporation
(sometimes hereinafter referred to as the "Surviving Corporation"). The Merger
shall have the effect as provided in the applicable provisions of the Texas
Business Corporation Act and this Agreement. Without limiting the generality of
the foregoing, upon the Merger, all the rights, privileges, immunities, powers
and franchises of CCI and Merger Sub shall vest in the Surviving Corporation
and, except as otherwise provided for in this Agreement, all obligations,
duties, debts and liabilities of CCI and Merger Sub shall be the obligations,
duties, debts and liabilities of the Surviving Corporation. 1.2 Consideration
for Conversion of Shares. At the Effective Time:

                (a) Each share of common stock, no par value per share, of CCI
(the "Shares") and each Convertible (collectively, the "Securities"),
outstanding immediately prior to the Effective Time shall be converted into 

the right to receive a portion of the Consideration set forth in Exhibit A
hereto. The "Consideration" shall equal the sum of $54,000,000, subject to
adjustment as set forth in Sections 1.4 and 1.13 hereof.

               (b) Each share of common stock of Merger Sub outstanding
immediately prior to the Effective Time shall be converted into one share
of common stock, no par value per share, of the Surviving Corporation and
shall constitute the only outstanding shares of capital stock of the
Surviving Corporation.

               1.3 Closing Payment.

               (a) Not later than three business days prior to the Closing,
Seller Representatives shall deliver to the Buyer a good faith estimate of
the adjustments to the Consideration required by Section 1.4 hereof, as of
the Closing Date, including all the detail required by Section 1.4 hereof.

               (b) At the Closing, the Buyer shall pay to Seller
Representatives by wire transfer or certified check (for distribution Pro
Rata to the Sellers, adjusted as agreed among the Sellers) an amount equal
to the Consideration which would be payable if adjusted pursuant to Section
1.4 (using the good faith estimates delivered pursuant to paragraph (a)
above); provided that such amount shall be reduced by the Escrow Amount.

               1.4 Consideration Adjustments.

               (a) 1996 EBITDA. The Consideration shall be reduced by the
same percentage, if any, that EBITDA for the year ended September 30, 1996
(as determined from the 1996 Audit) is less than $7,900,000.

               (b) First Quarter EBITDA. The Consideration (as adjusted
pursuant to Section 1.4(a)) shall be further reduced by the same percentage
(but not greater than 6.5%), if any, that EBITDA for the three months
ending December 31, 1996 is less than EBITDA for the three months ended
December 31, 1995.

               (c) Average Term. If at the Closing Date the Average Term is
less than 46 months, then the Consideration (as adjusted pursuant to
Sections 1.4(a) and (b)) shall be further adjusted by multiplying it by a
fraction, the numerator of which is the Average Term and the denominator of
which is 46.

               (d) Installed Phones. If the number of Installed Phones as
of the Closing Date is less than 14,000, the Consideration (as adjusted
pursuant to Sections 1.4(a), (b) and (c)) shall be decreased by the amount
of $3,950 multiplied by the difference between (i) 14,000 and (ii) the
number of Installed Phones as of the Closing Date, provided that, for
purposes of this Section 1.4(d), the number of Installed Phones shall
include up to 650 Contract Phones.

               (e) Liabilities/Current Assets.

                      (i) The Consideration (as adjusted pursuant to
         Sections 1.4(a), (b), (c) and (d)) shall be decreased by an amount
         equal to the excess, if any, of (A) the sum of all Liabilities as
         of the Effective Time over (B) the sum of all Current Assets as of
         the Effective Time; or

                      (ii) the Consideration (as adjusted pursuant to

         Sections 1.4(a), (b), (c) and (d)) shall be increased by an amount
         equal to the excess, if any, of (A) the sum of all Current Assets
         as of the Effective Time over (B) the sum of all Liabilities as of
         the Effective Time.

               1.5 Adjustment Schedule.

               (a) As soon as practicable after the Closing Date (but in
any event not more than 150 days after the Closing Date), the Buyer shall
cause to be prepared and delivered to Seller Representatives and the Escrow
Agent a schedule (the "Adjustment Schedule") which shows, as of the
Effective Time, the calculation of the Consideration as provided in Section
1.2(a) and as adjusted pursuant to Section 1.4.

               (b) Upon receipt of the Adjustment Schedule, Seller
Representatives shall have the right during the succeeding 30-day period to
examine the Adjustment Schedule and all records used to prepare such
Adjustment Schedule. Seller Representatives shall notify the Buyer in
writing, on or before the last day of the 30-day period, of any good faith
objections to the Adjustment Schedule, setting forth a reasonably specific
description of such objections and the dollar amount of each objection.

               (c) If Seller Representatives in good faith object to the
Adjustment Schedule, Seller Representatives and the Buyer shall attempt to
resolve any such objections within 30 days of the Buyer's receipt of such
objections. If the Buyer and Seller Representatives are unable to resolve
the matter within such 30-day period, they shall jointly appoint a mutually
acceptable firm of independent certified public accountants (or, if they
cannot agree on a mutually acceptable firm, they shall cause their
respective accounting firms to select such firm) within five days after the
end of such 30-day period. The fees of such independent certified public
accountants shall be divided equally between the Buyer and Seller
Representatives (on behalf of all Sellers). Such firm's resolution of the
dispute shall be conclusive and binding upon the Sellers and the Buyer.

               (d) The Adjustment Schedule shall be deemed complete upon
the earlier of (i) the 31st day after the Buyer's delivery of the
Adjustment Schedule to Seller Representatives, unless prior to such day
Seller Representatives shall have notified the Buyer of an objection in
accordance with Section 1.5(b), and (ii) the resolution of all objections,
pursuant to Section 1.5(c). Within five business days following completion
of the Adjustment Schedule as aforesaid, either

               (A) the Buyer shall pay Seller Representatives, on behalf of
               the Sellers, the amount, if any, by which the Consideration
               (as adjusted) exceeds the amount paid pursuant to Section
               1.3(b); or (B) Seller Representatives, on behalf of the
               Sellers, shall pay to the Buyer the amount, if any, by which
               the amount paid pursuant to Section 1.3(b) exceeds the
               Consideration (as adjusted).

All payments pursuant to this Section 1.5(d) shall be made by wire transfer
or certified check.

               1.6 Escrow.

               (a) Simultaneously herewith, the Buyer, CCI, Seller
Representatives (on behalf of the Sellers) and Comerica Bank-Texas, as
escrow agent (the "Escrow Agent") are entering into an Escrow Agreement in

the form attached hereto as Exhibit B, and the Buyer is depositing $520,000 (as
may be increased pursuant to Section 1.6(b) below, the "Escrow Amount") with the
Escrow Agent, to be held and disposed of by the Escrow Agent pursuant to the
Escrow Agreement. In the event the Closing does not occur due to a material
breach of this Agreement by the Buyer (including, without limitation, failure to
close by January 31, 1997 for any reason other than a material breach of this
Agreement by CCI or the Sellers), Seller Representatives (on behalf of all
Sellers, Pro Rata) shall be entitled to receive the entire Escrow Amount, as
liquidated damages, and the Sellers and CCI shall have no other rights or
remedies in respect of this Agreement.

               (b) At the Closing, the Buyer shall deposit an additional
$6,480,000 with the Escrow Agent, which shall become part of the Escrow
Amount.

               (c) Delivery of funds by the Escrow Agent to the applicable
parties shall be pursuant to the terms of the Escrow Agreement.

               1.7 Appointment of the Seller Representatives.

               (a) Each Seller hereby irrevocably appoints Bill H. Bailey, Jr.
and J. Bruce Duty ("Seller Representatives") as such Seller's attorneys-in-fact
and representatives, to do any and all things specifically provided for by this
Agreement and the other documents contemplated hereby. The Buyer shall be
entitled to rely, as being binding upon such Seller, upon any document or other
writing executed by Seller Representatives pursuant to the authority granted in
this Section 1.7(a), and the Buyer shall not be liable to any Seller for any
action taken or omitted to be taken by the Buyer in reliance thereon. All action
taken by Seller Representatives shall be valid and binding only if both Seller
Representatives have approved such action.

               (b) In the event of the death or incapacity of either Seller
Representative or any other inability or refusal by either Seller Representative
to continue acting in such capacity, (i) in the case of Bill H. Bailey, Jr., a
majority in interest of the Management Sellers (determined Pro Rata), and (ii)
in the case of J. Bruce Duty, a majority in interest of the Sellers other than
the Management Sellers (determined Pro Rata), may, by document submitted to the
Buyer, select a substitute Seller Representative. Upon acceptance of such
appointment, the substitute Seller Representative shall have all the powers and
obligations of the Seller Representative who such substitute Seller
Representative is replacing.

               1.8 The Closing. Upon the terms and subject to the conditions
contained in this Agreement, the Closing of the transactions contemplated hereby
(the "Closing") will take place at the offices of Gardere & Wynne, L.L.P., 3000
Thanksgiving Tower, Dallas, Texas (or such other place as the Buyer and Seller
Representatives may agree) on a date mutually agreeable to all parties, but no
earlier than January 2, 1997 and no later than January 31, 1997 without the
consent of the Buyer and Seller Representatives (the "Closing Date"),
simultaneously with the execution of the other agreements, documents,
instruments and writings to be executed and delivered pursuant hereto or in
connection herewith (collectively, the "Other Documents"). At the Closing, the
actions described in Sections 1.6(b), 1.8, 1.9 and 1.10 hereof shall be taken.
All such actions shall be deemed to have occurred simultaneously. On the Closing
Date, the Buyer and CCI will cause appropriate Articles of Merger (the "Articles
of Merger") to be executed and filed with the Secretary of State of Texas in
such form and 

executed as provided in Article 5.04 of the Texas Business Corporation Act. The
Merger shall become effective at the close of business on the date on which the
Articles of Merger have been duly filed with the Secretary of State of Texas or
such other time as is agreed upon by the parties and specified in the Articles
of Merger, and such time is hereinafter referred to as the "Effective Time".

               1.9 Deliveries by the Sellers. At the Closing, the Sellers shall
deliver to the Buyer (unless previously delivered) the following:

               (a) (i) stock certificates representing all the Shares and
Preferred Stock, and (ii) documentation reasonably satisfactory to the Buyer as
to (A) the cancellation of the Warrants and (B) the exercise of the Options, in
the case of the Shares and Preferred Stock accompanied by stock powers duly
endorsed in blank or accompanied by duly executed instruments of transfer, with
all necessary transfer tax and other revenue stamps affixed thereto;

               (b) a receipt for the payment provided for by Section 1.3(b)
hereof;

               (c) Certificates of Good Standing for CCI from the Texas
Secretary of State and from the Secretary of State of each state in which the
subsidiaries of CCI are organized and Certificates of Qualification to do
Business in each other state in which CCI is qualified to do business as a
foreign corporation;

               (d) the resignations of such officers of CCI as the Buyer shall
request;

               (e) the stock books, stock ledgers and minute books of CCI (all
other records of CCI being located on the premises of CCI);

               (f) certified resolutions of the Board of Directors of CCI
approving this Agreement and the Other Documents and the transactions
contemplated hereby and thereby;

               (g) certified resolutions of the shareholders of CCI approving
this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby;

               (h) all consents, assignments or waivers required to be obtained
in connection with the Contracts, in order for the Buyer to assume the
operations and conduct the business of CCI without breaching the provisions of
any Contract;

               (i) executed employment and non-competition agreements, in the
forms attached hereto as Exhibits C, D and E, between Buyer and Bill H. Bailey,
Jr., Edward L. Marshall and Jerry T. Beddow, respectively;

               (j) a certificate from an officer of CCI certifying that all
representations and warranties contained in Article III are true and correct in
all material respects as of the Closing Date;

               (k) a certificate from each Seller certifying that all
representations and warranties contained in Articles II and a certificate from
such Seller other than Berthel Fisher certifying that all representations and
warranties contained in Article III are true and correct in all material
respects as of the Closing Date, provided that each Seller other than the
Management Sellers and Berthel Fisher shall so

certify as to Article III only to the best of their information and
knowledge;

               (l) an executed amendment to the lease for the headquarters of
CCI extending the term for five years after the Closing Date, subject to the
option of the Buyer, exercisable on 90 days notice, to terminate the lease at
any time after the second anniversary of the Closing Date;

               (m) a Certificate of Non-Foreign Status from each Seller in the
form attached as Exhibit F hereto. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary
herein, if any Seller fails to provide the Buyer with such Certificate, Buyer
shall be entitled to withhold the requisite amounts from the Consideration in
accordance with Section 1445 of the Code.

               1.10 Deliveries by the Buyer. At the Closing, the Buyer shall
deliver to Seller Representatives (unless previously delivered) the following:

               (a) the payment provided for in Section 1.3(b) hereof;

               (b) a Certificate of Good Standing of the Buyer under the laws of
the State of Ohio;

               (c) certified resolutions of the Boards of Directors of the Buyer
and Merger Sub approving this Agreement, the Other Documents and the
transactions contemplated hereby and thereby;

               (d) the executed contracts attached as Exhibits C, D, and E,
respectively;

               (e) a certificate from an officer of the Buyer certifying that
all representations and warranties contained in Article IV are true and correct
in all material respects as of the Closing Date; and

               (f) an executed amendment to the lease for the headquarters of
CCI extending the term for five years after the Closing Date, subject to the
option of the Buyer, exercisable on 90 days notice, to terminate the lease at
any time after the end of the second anniversary of the Closing Date.

               1.11 Articles of Incorporation; By-Laws. Pursuant to the Merger,
(A) the Articles of Incorporation of Merger Sub, as in effect immediately prior
to the Effective Time, shall be the Articles of Incorporation of the Surviving
Corporation until thereafter amended as provided by law and such Articles of
Incorporation and (B) the By-Laws of Merger Sub, as in effect immediately prior
to the Effective Time, shall be the By-Laws of the Surviving Corporation until
thereafter amended as provided by law, the Articles of Incorporation and such
By-Laws.

               1.12 Directors and Officers of the Surviving Corporation.

               (a) The directors of Merger Sub immediately prior to the
Effective Time shall, from and after the Effective Time, be the directors of the
Surviving Corporation until their successors shall have been duly elected or
appointed and qualified or until their earlier death, resignation or removal in
accordance with the Surviving Corporation's Articles of Incorporation and
ByLaws.

               (b) The officers of Merger Sub immediately prior to the

Effective Time shall be the initial officers of the Surviving Corporation and
shall hold office until their respective successors are duly elected and
qualified, or their earlier death, resignation or removal.

               1.13 Rate Cap Consideration Adjustments.

               (a) First Rate Cap Year. (i) If there is no Rate Cap Effective
Date in the First Rate Cap Year, then the Buyer shall pay Seller Representatives
(on behalf of the Sellers Pro Rata), as additional Consideration, the sum of
$3,000,000.

               (ii) If there is a Rate Cap Effective Date during the First Rate
Cap Year, the Buyer shall pay Seller Representatives (on behalf of the Sellers
Pro Rata), as additional Consideration, the sum of $3,000,000, reduced for each
day during the First Rate Cap Year which is a Rate Cap Effective Date by the
product of $111.07 and the number of percentage points (not exceeding 74) that
the Rate Cap is less than 89% above the AT&T Rate.

               (b) Second Rate Cap Year. (i) If there is no Rate Cap Effective
Date during the Second Rate Cap Year, then the Buyer shall pay Seller
Representatives (on behalf of the Sellers Pro Rata), as additional Consideration
(in addition to the amount provided in Section 1.13(a)), the sum of $3,000,000.

               (ii) If there is a Rate Cap Effective Date during the Second Rate
Cap Year, the Buyer shall pay Seller Representatives (on behalf of the Sellers
Pro Rata), as additional Consideration (in addition to the amount provided in
Section 1.13(a)), the sum of $3,000,000, reduced for each day during the Second
Rate Cap Year which is a Rate Cap Effective Date by the product of $111.07 and
the number of percentage points (not exceeding 74) that the Rate Cap is less
than 89% above the AT&T Rate.

               (c) Manner of Payment. Not later than 10 days after the end of
each of the First Rate Cap Year and the Second Rate Cap Year, the Buyer shall
notify Seller Representatives of the amount payable in respect of this Section
1.13, and shall direct the Escrow Agent to pay such amount to Seller
Representatives, on behalf of the Sellers Pro Rata, in cash or by wire transfer
or certified check.

                                 ARTICLE II

               REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF EACH SELLER

               Each Seller severally represents and warrants to the Buyer as
follows:

               2.1 Authorization; Binding Obligation. This Agreement has been,
and each the Other Documents to which it is a party will be, duly and validly
executed and delivered by such Seller and, assuming due authorization, execution
and delivery by the other parties hereto or thereto, constitutes or, in the case
of the Other Documents, will constitute a legal, valid and binding obligation of
such Seller, enforceable against such Seller in accordance with its terms,
except as such enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy,
insolvency, moratorium, reorganization, or other laws affecting creditors'
rights generally or by the availability of equitable remedies generally. Such
Seller has the legal capacity and all requisite power and authority, whether
corporate or otherwise, to execute and deliver this Agreement and 

the Other Documents to which it is (or is required to be) a party and to
consummate the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby and to perform such
Seller's obligations hereunder and thereunder. Such execution, delivery and
consummation has been duly and validly authorized by all necessary action on the
part of such Seller, and no other corporate proceedings on the part of such
Seller are necessary to authorize such execution, delivery and consummation.
Except as set forth in Section 1.7 hereof, no power of attorney has been granted
by such Seller with respect to any matter relating to CCI or the Shares.

               2.2 Title to the Securities. Such Seller is the record and
beneficial owner of, and has good and marketable title to, the number of
Securities set forth next to such Seller's name on Exhibit A hereto, free and
clear of all Encumbrances except for Encumbrances to be satisfied prior to or
contemporaneously with Closing. Except as set forth in Schedule 2.2 of the
Disclosure Schedule, such Securities are not subject to any restrictions on
transferability other than those imposed by the Securities Act and applicable
state securities laws. Except as set forth in Schedule 2.2 of the Disclosure
Schedule, there are no (a) options, warrants, calls, commitments or rights of
any character to purchase or otherwise acquire Securities from such Seller
pursuant to which such Seller may be obligated to sell or transfer any
Securities or (b) agreements, arrangements, understandings or special rights
with respect to the voting of Shares.

               2.3 Consents and Approvals; No Violation. Except as set forth in
Schedule 2.3 of the Disclosure Schedule, neither the execution and delivery of
this Agreement and the Other Documents by such Seller, nor the consummation of
the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby by such Seller, nor compliance
with any of the provisions hereof by such Seller, will (a) require any consent,
waiver, approval, authorization or permit of, or filing with or notification to,
or any other action by, any Governmental Authority by such Seller, (b) violate
any Law of any Governmental Authority which may be applicable to such Seller, or
by which any of such Seller's businesses, properties or assets (including,
without limitation, such Seller's Securities) may be bound or affected or (c)
violate, breach, or conflict with, or constitute (with or without due notice or
lapse of time or both) a default (or give rise to any right of termination,
cancellation or acceleration or any obligation to pay or result in the
imposition of any Encumbrance upon such Seller's Securities) except to the
extent consent of same is obtained prior to Closing.

               2.4 Fees To Brokers or Other Parties. The Buyer and the Sellers
shall each pay their own expenses in connection with this transaction. Neither
CCI nor any Seller has or will have any obligation to pay any broker's,
finder's, investment banker's, financial advisor's or similar fee to any party,
in connection with this Agreement or the Other Documents, or the transactions
contemplated hereby or thereby.

                                ARTICLE III

           REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF CCI AND THE SELLERS
                        (OTHER THAN BERTHEL FISHER)

               CCI and the Management Sellers, jointly and severally, and the
Sellers other than the Management Sellers and Berthel Fisher, severally,
represent and warrant to the Buyer as set forth in this Article III, provided
that, with respect to all Sellers other than the Management Sellers, such
representations and warranties are made to the best of their information and
knowledge.

               All references to CCI in this Article III shall refer to CCI and
its investments in CID, but not the Excluded Assets, except for Section 3.1(a)
and Section 3.6.

               3.1 Organization and Standing; Subsidiaries. (a) CCI is a
corporation duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws
of the State of Texas. CID Communications, S.A. de C.V. ("CID") is a corporation
duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of Mexico.
CCI has all requisite corporate power and authority to own, lease and operate
the properties and assets it now owns, operates and leases and to carry on its
businesses and operations as now being conducted. CCI is duly qualified or
licensed to do business and is in good standing in each of the jurisdictions in
which (i) the character or location of the properties and assets it owns, leases
or operates, (ii) the conduct of its business and operations as currently and
heretofore conducted or (iii) any other circumstance makes such qualification
necessary, except where the failure to be so qualified or licensed would not
have a material adverse effect on CCI.

               (b) CCI has no investment in any corporation, partnership or
other entity except CID. CCI has good and valid title to such number of shares
of common stock of CID which constitutes 50% of the outstanding shares of the
only equity security of CID, free and clear of any Encumbrances.

               3.2 Organizational Documents and Corporate Records. (a) CCI has
heretofore delivered to the Buyer complete and correct copies, with all
amendments thereto, of the Articles of Incorporation and By-laws of CCI, as
currently in effect. The minute books of CCI have been made available to the
Buyer for its inspection, and such minute books contain complete and correct
records of all meetings, and consents in lieu of a meeting, of the Board of
Directors of CCI (and any committees thereof) and the shareholders since the
incorporation of CCI, and accurately reflect all transactions referred to
therein.

               The stock books and ledgers of CCI have been made available to
the Buyer for its inspection, and such books and ledgers are complete and
correct in all material respects.

               (b) CCI has made available to the Buyer all accounting and
financial books and records (the "Accounting Books and Records") which relate to
the business of CCI. Such books and records have been maintained on a basis
consistent with past practice and GAAP, and fairly reflect the basis for CCI's
financial condition and results of operations as set forth in the Audited
Financial Statements.

               3.3 Authorization. CCI has the requisite corporate power and
authority to execute, deliver and perform its obligations under this Agreement
and the Other Documents and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby
and thereby. All corporate proceedings on the part of CCI which are necessary to
execute, deliver and perform this Agreement and the Other Documents and to
consummate the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby have been duly
authorized and taken. This Agreement has been, and at or prior to the Closing
the Other Documents required to be executed by CCI will be, duly and validly
executed by CCI, and constitute (or will constitute) valid and binding
obligations of CCI, enforceable against CCI in accordance with their terms,
except as such enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy,
insolvency, moratorium, reorganization, 

or other laws affecting creditors' rights generally or by the availability of
equitable remedies generally. No power of attorney has been granted and is
currently in force by CCI with respect to any matter relating to CCI or its
business, operations or assets.

               3.4 CCI Capitalization. The authorized capital stock of CCI
consists of 15,000,000 Common Shares, no par value, 5,320,467 of which are
issued and outstanding on the date hereof and owned by the Sellers as set forth
on Exhibit A hereto. In addition, on the date hereof CCI has outstanding (a)
options to purchase 849,795 Shares (the "Options"), (b) warrants to purchase
1,562,338 Shares (the "Warrants") and (c) 240,000 shares of Class A Cumulative
Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $1.00 per share (the "Preferred Stock"),
convertible into 2,218,080 Shares, all of which are owned by the Sellers as set
forth on Exhibit A hereto (collectively, the "Convertibles"). CCI has heretofore
delivered to the Buyer a true and complete copy of all documents which set forth
the terms of the Convertibles outstanding as of the date hereof. CCI has no
other class of capital stock authorized or outstanding. None of CCI's shares of
capital stock have been reserved for any purpose, except for issuance upon
exercise or conversion of the Convertibles. All of the outstanding Securities
are, and upon exercise of the Options all Shares will be, duly authorized and
validly issued, fully paid, nonassessable and not issued in violation of any
preemptive rights. Except for the Convertibles and as set forth in Schedule 3.4
of the Disclosure Schedule, as of the date hereof there are no (i) options,
warrants, calls, commitments or rights of any character to purchase or otherwise
acquire from CCI shares of capital stock of any class, (ii) outstanding
securities of CCI that are convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for
shares of any class of capital stock of CCI, (iii) options, warrants or other
rights to purchase from CCI any such convertible or exchangeable securities, or
(iv) contracts, commitments, agreements, understandings or arrangements of any
kind relating to the issuance or voting of any capital stock of CCI, any
options, warrants or rights, pursuant to which, in any of the foregoing cases,
CCI is or would be subject or bound.

               3.5 Consents and Approvals; No Violation. Except as set forth on
Schedule 3.5(a) of the Disclosure Schedule, neither the execution and delivery
of this Agreement and the Other Documents, nor the consummation of the
transactions contemplated hereby or thereby, nor compliance with any of the
provisions hereof, will (a) conflict with any provision of the Articles of
Incorporation or By-laws (or other similar organizational documents) of CCI, (b)
require any consent, waiver, approval, authorization or permit of, or filing
with or notification to, or any other action by, any Governmental Authority by
CCI, (c) violate any Law of any Governmental Authority applicable to CCI, or by
which any of its business, properties or assets may be bound or affected or (d)
violate, breach, or conflict with, or constitute (with or without due notice or
lapse of time or both) a default (or give rise to any right of termination,
cancellation or acceleration or any obligation to pay or result in the
imposition of any Encumbrance upon any of the property) under, any of the terms,
conditions or provisions of any note, bond, mortgage, indenture, Encumbrance,
Contract, Permit, Order, or other instrument or obligation to which CCI is a
party or by which any of its business, properties or assets may be bound or
affected.

               3.6 Financial Statements. CCI has furnished to the Buyer the
audited financial statements of CCI as of, and for the year ended, September 30
in each of the years 1994 and 1995 (together with the notes thereto), certified
by CCI's independent public accountants, and 

accompanied by their reports thereon (collectively, the "Audited Financial
Statements") and will, prior to December 31, 1996, furnish to the Buyer the
audited financial statements of CCI for the year ended September 30, 1996 (the
"1996 Audit"). CCI has furnished to the Buyer the unaudited financial statements
for CCI as of August 31, 1996 and for the eleven months then ended
(collectively, with the Audited Financial Statements, the "Financial
Statements"). The Financial Statements are attached hereto as Exhibit G. The
Financial Statements have been, and the 1996 Audit will be, prepared from and in
accordance with the books and records of CCI in accordance with GAAP (subject,
in the case of interim financial statements, to the absence of notes, normal
year-end adjustments and any other adjustment described therein), consistently
applied and maintained throughout the periods indicated (except as disclosed in
Schedule 3.10 of the Disclosure Schedule). The Financial Statements fairly
present, and the 1996 Audit will fairly present, in all material respects, (a)
the assets, liabilities and financial condition of CCI, as at the dates thereof,
and (b) the results of operations and cash flows of CCI for the periods then
ended. Except for the sale of approximately 700 phones located in the State of
Iowa during the fiscal year ended September 30, 1995, the statements of income
and retained earnings and cash flows included in the Financial Statements or in
the 1996 Audit do not and will not contain any material items of special or
nonrecurring income not earned in the ordinary course of business and consistent
with applicable industry standards and practice.

               3.7 Absence of Undisclosed Liabilities. CCI does not have any
liabilities or obligations arising from or relating to its business and
operations of any nature (whether absolute, accrued, fixed, contingent,
liquidated, unliquidated or otherwise and whether due or to become due) which
were not reflected or reserved against in the Financial Statements, except for
liabilities or obligations incurred since September 30, 1995 in the ordinary
course of business and consistent with past practice. Schedule 3.7 of the
Disclosure Schedule sets forth a true, complete and accurate list of all
liabilities or obligations of CCI as of the date hereof with respect to borrowed
money (including accounts payable and accrued expenses), letters of credit and
any notes, bonds or similar instruments or under any capitalized leases of CCI.
The Merger will not cause the acceleration of or otherwise adversely affect the
terms or conditions of such liabilities or obligations, except for liabilities
and obligations to be satisfied in full on the Closing Date.

               3.8 Accounts Receivable. Schedule 3.8 of the Disclosure Schedule
sets forth a true, complete and accurate (in all material respects) list of all
Accounts Receivable generated in connection with CCI Phones as of September 30,
1996. All Accounts Receivable reflected in the Financial Statements and all
Accounts Receivable acquired or generated since August 31, 1996 by CCI (a) arose
from bona fide transactions in the ordinary course of business consistent with
past practice, (b) are valid and genuine, (c) are not subject to any
counterclaim or setoff and (d) are not subject to any Encumbrance. Except as set
forth on Schedule 3.8, (i) no Account Receivable outstanding and due as of
September 30, 1996 has been outstanding for more than 120 days, (ii) no operator
service provider has refused or threatened to refuse to pay its obligations for
any reason and (iii) no Account Receivable debtor is insolvent or is the subject
of a bankruptcy petition.

               3.9 Equipment. (a) Except as disclosed on Schedule 3.9 of the
Disclosure Schedule, all Equipment is owned by CCI free and clear of any
Encumbrance. All Equipment which is reflected in the Financial Statements is
valued at the lower of cost (on a first-in, first-out basis) 

or market in accordance with GAAP consistently applied and maintained throughout
the periods. All Equipment disposed of by CCI since September 30, 1995 has been
disposed of only (i) in the ordinary course of CCI's business and (ii) at prices
and under terms that are consistent with past practice.

               (b) All Equipment is, including 95% of the Installed Phones,
usable, in good working condition, free of any material defects and suitable for
the purposes of its intended and current operational use.

               3.10 Absence of Certain Changes or Events. Except as set forth on
Schedule 3.10 of the Disclosure Schedule, since September 30, 1995:

               (a) CCI has operated its business in the ordinary course
consistent with past practice;

               (b) there has not been any material adverse change in the
business, results of operations, assets, liabilities, financial condition of
CCI;

               (c) CCI has not transferred, disposed of, abandoned or permitted
to lapse or otherwise failed to preserve any Permit or other form of
authorization issued by a Governmental Authority necessary to the operation of
its business;

               (d) CCI has not made any change in any accounting methods,
principles or practices (including, without limitation, changes in depreciation
or amortization policies or rates or relating to the establishment of accrual of
reserves) or any material election with respect to Taxes;

               (e) CCI has not terminated or amended, breached or failed to
perform in all material respects all obligations under any Material Contract and
no other party thereto has terminated or amended or, to the knowledge of CCI or
any Seller, breached, or failed to perform in all material respects all of its
obligations under any Material Contract;

               (f) CCI has not experienced any actual or, to the knowledge of
CCI and the Sellers, threatened labor unrest, work stoppages or slow-downs or
had any material change in its relationship with its employees, salesmen,
distributors, or independent contractors;

               (g) CCI has not failed to replenish its Inventory and supplies in
a manner consistent with past practice; and

               (h) CCI has not agreed, whether in writing or otherwise, to take
any action described in this Section 3.10.

               3.11 Properties and Assets. CCI has good, valid and marketable
title to, or valid and binding leases (all of which are set forth on Schedule
3.11(a) of the Disclosure Schedule) with respect to, all Equipment and other
non-real estate assets (whether personal or mixed, tangible or intangible (and
whether or not fully depreciated or expensed)) used in its business and
operations, and such items are subject to no Encumbrance, other than those set
forth on Schedule 3.11(b) of the Disclosure Schedule.

               3.12 Contracts. (a) Schedule 3.12 of the Disclosure Schedule 

sets forth a complete and correct list of all Material Contracts including,
without limitation, all Contracts relating to at least 50 phones. Complete and
correct copies of all written Material Contracts including any and all
amendments and other modifications thereto have been delivered to or have been
made available for inspection by the Buyer. All written and all oral Material
Contracts (i) are valid and binding obligations of CCI and, to the knowledge of
CCI or any Seller, the other parties thereto, (ii) are in full force and effect
and are enforceable as to CCI and, to the knowledge of CCI or any Seller, the
other parties thereto, in accordance with their respective terms, except as such
enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, moratorium,
reorganization, or other laws affecting creditors' rights generally or by the
availability of equitable remedies generally and (iii) have not been amended or
terminated except in the ordinary course of business consistent with past
practice.

               (b) CCI is not in default under nor has it breached in any
material respect any Material Contract or any other Contracts which, in the
aggregate, are material to CCI. The aggregate obligations of CCI with respect to
oral Contracts which do not constitute Material Contracts do not exceed $10,000.
No other party to any Material Contract or any other Contracts which, in the
aggregate, are material to CCI (i) has, to the knowledge of CCI or any Seller,
breached such Contract or is in default thereunder, (ii) has given notice that
it intends to terminate such Contract or (iii) to the knowledge of CCI or any
Seller, has altered, in any way adverse to CCI, its performance under such
Contract. No event or condition has occurred (or is alleged by any other party
to a Material Contract or any other Contracts which, in the aggregate, are
material to CCI, to have occurred) which, with or without due notice or lapse of
time or both, would constitute a breach or event of default on the part of CCI,
would provide a basis for a valid claim or acceleration under any such Contract
as against CCI or would prevent CCI from exercising and obtaining the full
benefits of any rights or options contained therein.

               (c) CCI has a license from Intellicall, Inc. for the use of
Intellistar circuit boards in all telephones owned by CCI presently or in the
future, through November 11, 2087, and no payments will be required of CCI in
respect of such license other than a royalty currently equal to 3.6% of the
revenue generated by the Intellistar circuit board, reducing to 3.25% for
calendar year 1997.

               (d) From and after the Effective Time, the Surviving Corporation
shall have no obligations with respect to the use, lease or maintenance of any
aircraft.

               3.13 Compliance with Laws and Permits.

               (a) Except as set forth on Schedule 3.13(a) of the Disclosure
Schedule, the business and operations of CCI have been conducted and are now
being conducted in all material respects in compliance with all Laws and Orders
of all Governmental Authorities having jurisdiction over CCI and all Permits
relating to any of its properties or applicable to its business.

               (b) Except as and to the extent set forth on Schedule 3.13(b) of
the Disclosure Schedule, CCI possesses all Permits necessary to own and operate
its property and assets and to conduct its business as it is currently
conducted. Such Permits are valid and subsisting in full force and effect, and
CCI has fulfilled its obligations under each of the Permits, and no event has
occurred or condition or state of facts exists 

which constitutes or, after notice or lapse of time or both, would constitute a
default or violation under any such Permit or would permit revocation or
termination of any such Permit. No proceeding which might involve the revocation
or termination of any such Permit is pending or, to the knowledge of CCI or the
Sellers, threatened.

               (c) Except as set forth in Schedule 3.13(c) of the Disclosure
Schedule, CCI has made or will, prior to the Closing, make all filings and
received or will, prior to the Closing, receive all approvals in connection with
the Permits which are necessary for the Buyer to own and operate the property
and assets of CCI and to conduct CCI's business as it has currently and has
heretofore been conducted.

               3.14 Litigation and Arbitration. (a) No claim, action, cause of
action, suit, proceeding, inquiry, investigation or Order is pending or, to the
knowledge of CCI and each Seller, threatened, against CCI or affecting its
business, operations or assets (including actions by or before any
administrative body, arbitration or mediation panel or Governmental Authority),
except as set forth on Schedule 3.14(a) of the Disclosure Schedule. No Order of
any Governmental Authority, arbitrator or mediator is outstanding against CCI,
its business, operations or assets.

               (b) To the knowledge of CCI or any Seller, no claim, action,
suit, proceeding, inquiry or investigation has been instituted which threatens
to restrain or prohibit or otherwise challenge the legality or validity of the
transactions contemplated by this Agreement or the Other Documents.

               3.15 Employee Matters. Except as set forth in Schedule 3.15 of
the Disclosure Schedule, CCI has no employee plans or agreements in effect. All
such plans and agreements are in compliance with all applicable laws and
regulations. CCI has taken no actions in violation of ERISA. The consummation of
the transactions contemplated by this Agreement will not entitle any current or
former employee or officer of CCI or any ERISA Affiliate to severance pay,
unemployment compensation or any other payment, except as expressly provided
herein.

               There are no pending or, to the knowledge of CCI and each Seller,
threatened claims by or on behalf of any employee of CCI.

               3.16 Labor Relations. CCI has at all times been in compliance in
all material respects with all applicable Laws in respect of employment and
employment practices.

               3.17 Taxes. Except as set forth on Schedule 3.17 of the
Disclosure Schedule:

               (a) CCI has (i) duly and timely filed with the appropriate
Governmental Authorities all Tax Returns required to be filed by it, and all
such Tax Returns are true, complete and correct in all material respects, and
(ii) has timely paid all Taxes due or claimed to be due from it by any taxing
authority.

               (b) CCI has complied in all respects with all applicable Laws
relating to the payment and withholding of Taxes (including, without limitation,
withholding of Taxes pursuant to Sections 1441 and 1442 of the Code or similar
provisions under any foreign laws) and has, within the time and within the
manner prescribed by Law, withheld from employee wages and paid over to the
proper Governmental Authorities all amounts required to be 

withheld and paid over under all applicable Laws.

               (c) There are no Encumbrances for Taxes upon CCI's assets except
for statutory liens for current Taxes not yet due.

               (d) CCI has not requested any extension of time within which to
file any Tax Return in respect of any fiscal year which has not since been filed
and no outstanding waivers or comparable consents regarding the application of
the statute of limitations with respect to any Taxes or Tax Returns have been
given by CCI.

               (e) No federal, state, local or foreign audits or other
administrative proceedings or court proceedings exist or have been initiated or
are presently pending with regard to any Taxes or Tax Returns of CCI.

               (f) CCI is not required to include in income any adjustment
pursuant to Section 481(a) of the Code, by reason of a voluntary change in
accounting method (nor has any taxing authority proposed in writing to CCI any
such adjustment or change of accounting method).

               (g) CCI has not received an adverse ruling from any taxing
authority, or signed a closing or other agreement with any taxing authority,
which could have an adverse effect on CCI.

               (h) CCI is not a party to, is not bound by, and has no obligation
under, any Tax sharing agreement or similar contract or arrangement.

               (i) No power of attorney has been granted by or with respect to
CCI with respect to any matter relating to Taxes which is currently in force.

               (j) CCI has not filed a consent pursuant to Section 341(f) of the
Code (or any predecessor provision) or agreed to have Section 341(f)(2) of the
Code apply to any disposition of a subsection (f) asset (as such term is defined
in Section 341(f)(4) of the Code) owned by CCI.

               (k) CCI is not a party to any agreement, contract, or arrangement
that will result, separately or in the aggregate, in the payment of any "excess
parachute payments" within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code.

               (l) None of the income recognized for federal, state, local or
foreign income tax purposes by CCI during the period beginning from October 1,
1995 to the date hereof will be derived other than in the ordinary course of
business, other than income attributable to the sale or other disposition of the
Excluded Assets.

               3.18 Intellectual Property. CCI owns or has the right to use all
Intellectual Property used in or necessary to conduct its business as currently
conducted, in each case without the payment of any royalties (other than as set
forth in Section 3.12). The activities and products of CCI do not infringe upon
the Intellectual Property rights of any other Person. To the knowledge of CCI
and the Sellers, there are no infringements by third parties of any Intellectual
Property owned by CCI.

               3.19 Environmental Matters. Except as set forth in Schedule 3.19
of the Disclosure Schedule:

               (a) CCI has not used or stored any, and there are no, Hazardous
Materials at levels regulated by a governmental agency having jurisdiction in,
on or at any real property owned or, to the knowledge of CCI or any Seller,
leased by CCI except for substances which are used or are to be used in the
ordinary course of business (which inventories have been stored and used in
accordance with all currently applicable Laws relating to pollution, the
preservation of the environment and the discharge or release of any Hazardous
Material into the environment or workplace ("Environmental Laws") and
environmental permits. There is not now at any real property owned or, to the
knowledge of CCI or any Seller, leased by CCI any (i) underground storage tank
or surface impoundments, (ii) asbestos-containing materials or (iii)
polychlorinated biphenyls, except in compliance with applicable Environmental
Laws.

               (b) No notice has been received by CCI from any Governmental
Authority or any other Person that CCI is responsible (or potentially
responsible) for any remedial action at any location or that any real property
owned or, to the knowledge of CCI or any Seller, leased by CCI is required or
may be required to be subject to remedial action. All remedial action previously
required under any Environmental Law with respect to any real property currently
owned or, to the knowledge of CCI or any Seller, leased by CCI has been
completed. Included within the Permits are all environmental Permits necessary
for the operation of CCI's business as presently operated. There is no (i)
civil, criminal or administrative claim, suit, proceeding or investigation
(including a request for information) pending or, to the knowledge of CCI and
the Sellers, threatened with respect to real property owned or, to the knowledge
of CCI or any Seller, leased by CCI relating in any way to any Environmental
Laws or environmental Permits or (ii) outstanding written orders or Contracts
with any Governmental Authority relating in any way to Environmental Laws or
environmental Permits. CCI has timely filed all reports and notifications
required to be filed with respect to, and obtained and maintained all
environmental Permits required for, the real property owned or, to the knowledge
of CCI or any Seller, leased by CCI, all improvements on the foregoing and all
operations conducted therein, and has generated and maintained all required
records and data under all currently applicable Environmental Laws, and all
operations conducted therein are in compliance in all material respects with
such Environmental Laws.

               (c) During the period that CCI has owned or leased its real
properties and, to CCI's and the Sellers' knowledge, during any period prior
thereto, no condition has existed or event has occurred with respect to any
property owned or, to the knowledge of CCI or any Seller, leased by CCI that
could, with or without notice, passage of time or both, give rise to any present
or future liability with respect to any property owned or, to the knowledge of
CCI or any Seller, leased by CCI pursuant to any Environmental Law.

               (d) CCI has not indemnified or agreed to indemnify any other
Person for any liability under, or violation of, Environmental Laws.

               3.20 Insurance. Schedule 3.20(a) of the Disclosure Schedule sets
forth a complete and correct list as of the Closing of all primary, excess and
umbrella policies, bonds and other forms of insurance, and renewals thereof,
owned or held by or on behalf of or providing insurance coverage to or for the
benefit of CCI (copies of which have previously been provided to the Buyer),
with the amount of coverage, cost and expiration 

date set forth next to each policy thus listed. All of such insurance policies
are in full force and effect, all premiums currently payable or previously due
have been paid, no notice of cancellation or termination has been received by
CCI with respect to any such policy and no assignment of proceeds or Encumbrance
exists with respect to the proceeds of any such policy. Except as and to the
extent set forth on Schedule 3.20(b) of the Disclosure Schedule, there are no
pending claims against such policies. All such policies will remain in full
force and effect upon execution and delivery of this Agreement and the Other
Documents and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby and
thereby.

               3.21 Bank Accounts. Schedule 3.21 of the Disclosure Schedule sets
forth a complete and correct list of (a) the names and locations of all
financial institutions at which CCI maintains a checking account, deposit
account, securities account, safety deposit box or other deposit or safekeeping
arrangement, (b) the number or other identification of all such accounts and
arrangements and (c) the names of all persons authorized to draw thereon or have
access thereto.

               3.22 Customers and Suppliers. Schedule 3.22(a) sets forth a
complete and correct list of (a) the names of those customers generating the
greatest revenues for CCI (listing such number of customers as would, in the
aggregate, generate at least 40% of CCI's total revenues) and the amount of
revenues generated by each such customer in CCI's fiscal year ended September
30, 1996 and (b) the names of suppliers to whom CCI paid more than $50,000 in
CCI's fiscal year ended September 30, 1996 and the approximate total purchases
by CCI from each such supplier during such year. Except as and to the extent set
forth on Schedule 3.22(b) of the Disclosure Schedule, there have been no adverse
changes in the relationships between CCI and its customers and suppliers since
September 30, 1995. CCI has not been provided with any notice that any supplier,
manufacturer or customer intends to cease doing business with CCI.

               3.23 Affiliate Transactions. Schedule 3.23 of the Disclosure
Schedule sets forth a correct and complete list of all arrangements or
transactions (other than salary, bonus and benefits generally available to the
employees of CCI) between CCI and the Sellers or any affiliate or associate of
the Sellers, or any business or entity in which the Sellers or any affiliate or
associate of any of the Sellers has any direct or indirect interest (the
"Sellers' Affiliates"), that involves an obligation or commitment on the part of
or for the benefit of CCI or such Sellers' Affiliate of more than $5,000 in any
calendar year (the "Affiliate Transactions").

               3.24 Prior Acquisitions. Except as set forth in Schedule 3.24 of
the Disclosure Schedule, no claims, amounts owed, liabilities, Encumbrances,
legal proceedings or any other obligations of any kind are due or were incurred
or outstanding in connection with any acquisitions made by CCI, except as
already recorded on the Financial Statements heretofore delivered to the Buyer.

               3.25 Interests in Real Property. (a) Schedule 3.25(a) of the
Disclosure Schedule sets forth a true and complete list, by deed reference or
otherwise, of all real properties owned by CCI. Except as set forth in Schedule
3.25(a) of the Disclosure Schedule, CCI has good and indefeasible title in fee
simple to all real properties shown in Section 3.25(a) of the Disclosure
Schedule, sufficient in each case for CCI to transfer good and indefeasible
title to a willing buyer. Except as disclosed in Section 3.25(a) of the
Disclosure Schedule, none of the real properties owned by 

CCI is subject to any Encumbrances; and, except for such Encumbrances, none of
such real properties is subject to any easements, rights of way, licenses,
grants, building or use restrictions, exceptions, reservations, limitations or
other impediments which materially and adversely affect the value thereof or
which materially interfere with or impair the present use thereof in the usual
or normal conduct of the business of CCI. All improvements on such real
properties conform in all material respects to all applicable health, fire,
environmental, safety, zoning and building laws, ordinances and administrative
regulations, except for possible nonconforming uses or violations which do not
materially interfere with the present use, operation or maintenance thereof by
CCI as now used, operated or maintained or access thereto, and which do not
materially and adversely affect the value thereof. All buildings, structures,
improvements and fixtures owned by CCI in the conduct of its business conform in
all material respects to all applicable codes and rules adopted by national and
local associations and boards of insurance underwriters; and all such buildings,
structures and improvements are in good operating condition and repair in all
material respects (normal wear and tear excepted).

               (b) The buildings, driveways and all other structures and
improvements upon the properties described in Section 3.25(a) of the Disclosure
Schedule are all within the boundary lines of such property or have the benefit
of valid easements and there are no encroachments thereon that would materially
affect the use thereof. There are no outstanding requirements or recommendations
by any insurance company which has issued a policy covering any such property,
or by any board of fire underwriters or other body exercising similar functions,
requiring or recommending any repairs or work to be done on any such property.

               (c) Except for the real properties set forth on Schedule 3.25(c),
CCI does not use or lease any real property.

               (d) None of the property described on Section 3.25(a) of the
Disclosure Schedule is subject to any lease, license or other agreement granting
to any person any right to the use, occupancy or enjoyment of such property or
any portion thereof, except where such lease, license or other agreement would
not materially and adversely affect the use, occupancy or enjoyment of such real
property as it is currently being used, occupied or enjoyed.

                                 ARTICLE IV

                REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF THE BUYER

               The Buyer represents and warrants to the Sellers as follows:

               4.1 Organization and Standing. The Buyer is a corporation duly
organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the State of
Ohio. The Buyer has all requisite corporate power and authority to own, lease
and operate the properties and assets it now owns, leases and operates and to
carry on its business and operations as it is now being conducted.

               4.2 Authorization; Binding Obligation. The Buyer has all
requisite corporate power and authority to execute and deliver this Agreement
and the Other Documents to which it is a party and to consummate the
transactions contemplated hereby and thereby and to perform its obligations
hereunder and thereunder. The execution and delivery of this Agreement and the
Other Documents by the Buyer and the consummation of the 

transactions contemplated hereby and thereby by the Buyer have been duly and
validly authorized by the Board of Directors of the Buyer and no other corporate
proceedings on the part of the Buyer are necessary to authorize this Agreement
or the Other Documents or to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby or
thereby. This Agreement has been, and the Other Documents will be validly
executed and delivered by the Buyer and, assuming due authorization, execution
and delivery by the Sellers, constitute (or will constitute) legal, valid and
binding obligations of the Buyer, enforceable against the Buyer in accordance
with their terms, except as such enforceability may be limited by applicable
bankruptcy, insolvency, moratorium, reorganization, or other laws affecting
creditors' rights generally or by the availability of equitable remedies
generally.

               4.3 Consents and Approvals; No Violation. Neither the execution
and delivery of this Agreement and the Other Documents, nor the consummation of
the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby, nor compliance with any of the
provisions hereof or thereof, will (a) conflict with any provision of the
Articles of Incorporation or Code of Regulations of the Buyer, (b) require any
consent, waiver, approval, authorization or permit of, or filing with or
notification to, or any other action by, any Governmental Authority by the
Buyer, (c) violate any law of any Governmental Authority applicable to the
Buyer, or by which any of its business, properties, or assets may be bound or
affected or (d) violate, breach, or conflict with, or constitute (with or
without due notice or lapse of time or both) a default (or give rise to any
right of termination, cancellation, or acceleration or any obligation to pay or
result in the imposition of any Encumbrance upon any of the property) under, any
of the terms, conditions, or provisions of any note, bond, mortgage, indenture,
Encumbrance, Contract, Permit, Order, or other instrument or obligation to which
the Buyer is a party or by which any of its business, properties, or assets may
be bound or affected, except where such violation, breach, conflict or default
will be cured at or prior to the Closing or would not have a material adverse
effect on the ability of the Buyer to satisfy its obligations in this Agreement.

               4.4 Buyer Shares. The Buyer has reserved sufficient Buyer Shares
out of its authorized but unissued common stock to satisfy it obligations under
this Agreement. Such Buyer Shares have been duly authorized for issuance, and
when issued to the Sellers as contemplated herein, will be validly issued, fully
paid and non-assessable.

               4.5 SEC Documents. All reports, schedules, registration
statements and definitive proxy statements filed by the Buyer with the SEC since
July 1, 1995 (the "SEC Documents") complied as of their respective dates, in all
material respects, with the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as
amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, as the case may be,
and the rules and regulations of the SEC thereunder applicable to such SEC
Documents, and none of the SEC Documents contained any untrue statement of a
material fact or omitted to state a material fact required to be stated therein
or necessary to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under
which they were made, not misleading.

                                 ARTICLE V

                            ADDITIONAL COVENANTS

               5.1 Transfer and Other Taxes; Preparation and Filing of Tax
Returns; Payment of Taxes; Tax Year.

               (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement to the
contrary, the Sellers shall assume and promptly pay all sales, use, privilege,
transfer, documentary, gains, stamp, duties, recording and similar Taxes and
fees (including any penalties, interest or additions) imposed upon any party
incurred in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement
(collectively, the "Transfer Taxes"), and the Sellers shall, at their own
expense, procure any stock transfer stamps required by, and the Sellers shall
accurately file all necessary Tax Returns and other documentation with respect
to, any Transfer Tax, provided that the obligations of the Sellers under this
Section 5.1(a) shall be several (and not joint) with respect to any Taxes
imposed on any Seller or with respect to Shares held by any Seller.

               (b) Provided the Buyer allows the Sellers access to and the right
to copies of all relevant and appropriate information, the Sellers shall prepare
(in each case, at their own cost and expense and in a manner consistent with
past practice) on a timely basis all Tax Returns (including amendments thereof)
of CCI for all Pre-Closing Periods. The Sellers shall file or cause to be filed
each such Tax Return that will be filed prior to the Closing Date, provided,
however, that no later than 15 days prior to the filing of any such Tax Return,
the Sellers shall deliver copies of such Tax Returns to the Buyer and, if
requested by the Buyer, shall consult with the Buyer with respect to such Tax
Returns. In connection with any such Tax Return that has not been filed prior to
the Closing Date, the Sellers shall deliver to the Buyer each such Tax Return no
later than 15 days prior to the due date for the filing of such Tax Return
(including any extension requested and received) and the Buyer, upon its review
and consent, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed, shall
file or cause such Tax Returns to be filed. To the extent permissible under
applicable law, (i) all such Tax Returns shall be prepared and filed in a timely
manner consistently with CCI's past practices and (ii) in accordance with
Section 5.1(g) of this Agreement, all such Tax Returns shall be prepared and
filed on the basis that, except as to Taxes of CCI for which applicable law
provides otherwise, the relevant taxable periods terminate on the Closing Date.
The Sellers shall pay all Taxes shown to be due and payable on such Tax Returns.

               (c) The Buyer shall prepare and file, or cause the Surviving
Corporation to prepare and file, on a timely basis all Tax Returns of CCI
for all periods other than those provided in Section 5.1(b) hereof. Subject
to Section 7.7 hereof, the Buyer shall pay all Taxes shown to be due and
payable thereon. After the Closing Date, the Buyer shall not amend any Tax
Return of CCI relating to any Pre-Closing Periods nor make any material
changes to accounting allocations or procedures, in each case, that would
adversely affect the Sellers' liability to the Buyer pursuant to Section
7.7 hereof without the express written consent of Seller Representatives.

               (d) The Sellers and the Buyer shall cooperate, and shall
cause their respective, officers, employees, agents, auditors and
representatives to cooperate, (i) in preparing, filing, and amending the
Tax Returns of CCI and (ii) with respect to any audit or other
administrative or court proceedings with respect to Taxes and Tax Returns
of CCI for periods ending on or before the Closing Date, in each case
including maintaining and making available to each other all records
necessary in connection with Taxes payable with respect to such Tax Returns
and in resolving all disputes and audits and refunds with respect to such
Tax Returns and Taxes.

               (e) Each Seller severally shall promptly notify Buyer of any
notices or materials received by it from any Governmental Authority which relate
to Taxes or the business or operations of CCI. The Buyer shall promptly notify
Seller Representatives of any notices or materials received by it from any
Governmental Authority which relate to Taxes for any Pre-Closing Period or
Straddle Period or the business or operations of CCI.

               (f) The Buyer shall not make an election under Section 338 of the
Code. The parties to this Agreement acknowledge and agree that the Merger shall
be treated as a sale of stock.

               (g) For purposes of determining when for federal income Tax
purposes the Tax year of CCI shall end, the parties shall follow the rule of
section 1.1502- 76(b)(1) of the United States Treasury regulations. Accordingly,
the parties hereby agree that (i) for federal income Tax purposes the Tax year
of CCI shall end on and include the Closing Date, and CCI shall become a member
of the Buyer's consolidated group beginning the day after the Closing Date, (ii)
the items of income, gain, deduction, loss and credit of CCI through and
including the date on which the Closing Date occurs shall be reported on the
federal income Tax Return filed for CCI and (iii) the items of income, gain,
deduction, loss and credit of CCI beginning the day after the Closing Date shall
be reported in the consolidated federal income Tax Return of the Buyer. To the
extent permissible under applicable law, similar principles shall apply in the
case of any state, local, foreign or other jurisdiction in which CCI files any
Tax Return.

               5.2 Further Assurances; Cooperation. (a) The parties shall, from
time to time before and after the Closing, upon the request of any other party
and without further consideration, execute, acknowledge and deliver in proper
form any further instruments, and take such further actions as such other party
may reasonably require, to carry out effectively the intent of this Agreement
and the Other Documents.

               (b) The parties shall cooperate with each other in connection
with any claim, action, suit, proceeding, inquiry or investigation with any
other Person which relates to the execution and delivery of this Agreement or
the Other Documents, or the consummation of the transactions contemplated
hereunder and thereunder.

               5.3 Notification of Certain Matters. Each of the parties hereto
shall promptly notify the other parties, in the manner provided in Section 8.10
hereof, of (a) the filing or other initiation of any claim, action, suit,
proceeding, inquiry or investigation which relates to the execution and delivery
of this Agreement or the Other Documents, or the consummation of the
transactions contemplated hereunder or thereunder, (b) any circumstance or
development which could adversely impair or affect its ability to perform its
obligations under this Agreement and the Other Documents, (c) any notice or
other communication from any third party alleging that the consent of such third
party is or may be required in connection with the transactions contemplated by
this Agreement and the Other Documents, (d) any notice or other communication
from any Governmental Authority in connection with the transactions contemplated
by this Agreement and the Other Documents and (e) any breach of this Agreement.

               5.4 Confidentiality and Exclusivity.

               (a) CCI and each Seller severally shall not (and, in the 

case of CCI and each Seller which is a corporation, will cause its officers to
not) at any time after the Closing, without the prior written consent of the
Buyer, disclose or use any information obtained during the negotiation or due
diligence process nor any other confidential information (relating to either the
Buyer or CCI) otherwise obtained except (i) as may be necessary in connection
with their Tax filing and reporting obligations; (ii) information publicly known
or which becomes publicly known through no unauthorized act of such party; (iii)
information approved by the other party for disclosure; or (iv) information
required to be disclosed pursuant to a requirement of a Governmental Authority
or law if the disclosing party provides the other party with notice of this
requirement a reasonable time prior to disclosure. The provisions of this
Section 5.4(a) will survive the expiration or termination of this Agreement for
any reason.

               (b) CCI and each Seller severally agrees not to engage in any
negotiations with any party (other than the Buyer), sell or otherwise transfer
or agree to sell or transfer any of the stock or assets of CCI, or to furnish
any confidential information regarding CCI or its business to any party
expressing an interest in any such transaction, except to the Buyer.

               5.5 Publicity. Neither CCI nor any Seller severally shall issue
any press release or make any public statement regarding the transactions
contemplated hereby, without the prior approval of the Buyer, which approval
shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed. The Buyer shall not issue any
press release or make any public statement regarding the transactions
contemplated hereby, without prior approval of CCI and Seller Representatives,
which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed.

               5.6 Expenses.

               (a) Except as otherwise specifically provided for herein, each
party hereto shall be solely responsible for all expenses incurred by it or on
its behalf in connection with the preparation and execution of this Agreement
and the Other Documents and the consummation of the transactions contemplated
hereby and thereby, including, without limitation, the fees and expenses of its
counsel, accountants, brokers, finders, financial advisors and other
representatives, provided, however, that at or prior to the Closing CCI shall
pay all expenses of the Sellers incurred through such date. Neither CCI nor any
Seller shall be responsible for any expenses incurred by the Buyer in connection
with any registration statement or public offering.

               (b) The Sellers and the Buyer agree that in the event any dispute
between them, either occurring under, relating to or in connection with any of
the provisions of this Agreement or the Other Documents, is submitted to a
Governmental Authority or other appropriate entity, then all costs and expenses
of the parties (including reasonable legal fees) shall be paid by the party
against whom a determination by such Governmental Authority or entity is made
or, in the absence of a determination wholly against one party, as such
Governmental Authority or entity shall direct.

               5.7 Due Diligence. Until the Closing Date, CCI will allow the
Buyer and its representatives and agents such access to the books, records,
facilities and personnel of CCI is as necessary to facilitate a smooth transfer
of ownership, provided that such access does not unreasonably interfere with the
operations of CCI.

               5.8 Interim Conduct of Business. Except as otherwise contemplated
by this Agreement, during the period from the date hereof to the Closing, CCI
shall, and the Sellers severally (to the extent they have the authority) shall
cause CCI to (i) operate the business of CCI only in the ordinary course of
business consistent with past practice, (ii) maintain, keep and preserve the
assets of CCI in the ordinary course of business, and (iii) use commercially
reasonable efforts to preserve intact the present organization of CCI, keep
available the services of the present employees of CCI, preserve CCI's
relationships with customers, suppliers, licensors, licensees, contractors and
others having significant business dealings with CCI. Without limiting the
generality of the foregoing, from the date of this Agreement, CCI shall not, and
the Sellers severally (to the extent they have the authority) shall not permit
CCI to, without the prior written consent of the Buyer (which consent shall not
be unreasonably withheld or delayed):

               (a)(i) authorize for issuance, issue, sell, deliver or agree or
commit to issue, sell or deliver (whether through the issuance or granting of
options, warrants, commitments, subscriptions, rights to purchase or otherwise)
any shares of the capital stock of CCI or any other securities or equity
equivalents (except for (A) the issuance of Shares and/or the grant of options
to purchase Shares which, in the aggregate, do not exceed 464,984 Shares, and
(B) the issuance of Shares upon the exercise or conversion of the Convertibles;
in the event that CCI issues any Shares or grants any options after the date
hereof, it shall deliver to the Buyer a revised Exhibit A to reflect such
issuance or grant, which shall replace the Exhibit A attached hereto as part of
this Agreement), (ii) split, combine or reclassify any shares of such capital
stock or (iii) amend the terms of any such securities or agreements outstanding
on the date hereof;

               (b) amend or propose to amend the Articles of Incorporation or
By-laws of CCI;

               (c)(i) assume, guarantee, endorse or otherwise become liable
(whether directly, contingently or otherwise) for the obligations of any other
person or (ii) make any loans, advances or capital contributions to, or
investments in, any other person except, in each case, if such transaction is
satisfied, paid or released at or before the Closing;

               (d) permit any assets of CCI to suffer any lien thereupon, except
in the normal course of business;

               (e) change any of the accounting principles or practices used by
CCI (except as required by GAAP);

               (f) enter into, adopt, amend or terminate any employee benefit
plan, increase in any manner the compensation or fringe benefits of any officer
or employee (except for annual salary increases in the normal course of
business) or enter into any contract, agreement, commitment or arrangement to do
any of the foregoing;

               (g) enter into or offer to enter into any employment or
consulting agreement with any person;

               (h)(i) enter into, amend or terminate any Material Contract
(other than the execution of new site licenses or agreements to acquire new
phones or to otherwise increase the number of Installed Phones or Contract
Phones) or (ii) take any action or fail to take any action that, with or without
notice or lapse of time, would constitute a default under any 

Material Contract;

               (i) sell, lease, transfer or otherwise dispose of any of its
assets except in the ordinary course of business;

               (j) install, or agree to install, any telephones, except
consistent with standards employed by CCI immediately prior to October 16, 1996;

               (k) pay any dividend or make any other distribution to the
Sellers with respect to their Securities, other than a dividend paid in cash;

               (l) make any election with respect to the Taxes or Tax Returns of
CCI;

               (m) permit its level of Inventory (other than Contract Phones) to
fluctuate in a manner inconsistent with its historical practices; or

               (n) take, or agree in writing or otherwise to take, any of the
foregoing actions or any action which would make any representation or warranty
of CCI or Sellers contained in this Agreement untrue or incorrect as of the date
when made or as of any future date or which could prevent the satisfaction of
any condition to Closing set forth in Article VI hereof.

               5.9 Excluded Assets. On or before the Closing Date, the Sellers
shall cause the assets relating to CCI's hospitality division listed on Exhibit
H hereto (the "Excluded Assets") (and any related liabilities) to be transferred
out of CCI and to be acquired and assumed by the Sellers or one or more other
parties (other than CCI or the Buyer). Notwithstanding anything to the contrary
contained herein, after the Closing, the Buyer shall permit the Sellers to
pursue in the name of CCI, that certain litigation styled Cherokee
Communications, Inc. vs. Superior Phones, Ltd. and Wanda Baucom, Individually;
provided that (a) all expenses incurred and all damages, settlements and other
and monies recovered in such litigation shall be for the account and benefit of
the Sellers, Pro Rata and (b) nothing in connection with the prosecution,
adjudication or settlement of such litigation shall have an adverse effect on
CCI or the Buyer.

               5.10 1996 Audit. Not later than 10 business days prior to the
Closing Date, CCI shall deliver to the Buyer the 1996 Audit.

               5.11 Permits. Provided the Buyer cooperates with all reasonable
requests made by CCI and the Sellers, at CCI's sole cost and expense, CCI and
the Sellers will use commercially reasonable efforts to cause all Permits or
consents to transfer which are required to be obtained for Buyer to legally
operate CCI's business, a complete listing of which is set forth on Exhibit I
hereto, to be issued or fully assigned to Buyer within 90 days after the Closing
Date.

               5.12 Consents; Waivers; Assignments. (a) The Sellers or CCI will,
prior to the Closing, have obtained and delivered all consents, waivers,
assignments and assumptions which would be required in order to not breach any
Material Contracts (or any other Contracts which, in the aggregate, are
material) to which CCI is a party and pertaining to the Buyer's assumption of
CCI's debts by operation of law, a complete listing 

of which is set forth on Exhibit J hereto.

               (b) All purchase money security agreements relating to any item
of Equipment have been or will be released prior to the Closing, or all required
consents, assignments or waivers will be obtained and delivered to the Buyer.

               5.13 Cooperation in Financings. CCI and the Sellers agree to
cooperate with, and provide reasonable assistance to, the Buyer, at the Buyer's
expense, in connection with any sale or distribution of securities (whether
registered or otherwise) made by the Buyer or any of its affiliates in
connection with the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby,
including, without limitation, using their reasonable best efforts to (a) make
available on a timely basis such financial information of CCI as may reasonably
be required in connection with any such sale or distribution, (b) obtain "cold
comfort" letters and updates thereof from CCI's independent certified public
accountants and opinion letters from CCI's attorneys, with such letters to be in
customary form and to cover matters of the type customarily covered by
accountants and attorneys in such transactions, and (c) make reasonably
available representatives of CCI and its accountants and attorneys in connection
with any such sale or distribution, including for purposes of due diligence and
marketing efforts related thereto.

               5.14 Options. At or prior to the Closing, each Seller who holds
Options shall exercise all Options held by him.

               5.15 Payment of Certain Liabilities. In the event that the
Consideration shall be adjusted pursuant to Section 1.4(e) due to Liabilities in
the form of accrued and unpaid dividends or interest, any obligation to pay the
sum of such accrued and unpaid dividends or accrued interest, as the case may
be, shall be assumed by the Surviving Corporation.

                                 ARTICLE VI

                                 CONDITIONS

               6.1 Conditions Precedent to Obligations of the Buyer. The
obligation of the Buyer to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby is
subject to the satisfaction or waiver by the Buyer (subject to applicable law)
on or before the Closing Date, of each of the following conditions:

               (a) Accuracy of Representations and Warranties. Each of the
representations and warranties of the Sellers and CCI contained in this
Agreement, the Disclosure Schedule, or in any Other Document to be executed and
delivered by the Sellers or CCI on or before the Closing Date pursuant hereto
shall have been true and correct in all material respects when made, and shall
be true and correct in all material respects as of the Closing Date as though
made on and as of such date.

               (b) Performance or Agreements. The Sellers and CCI shall have
performed and complied in all material respects with all of the covenants and
agreements contained in this Agreement to be performed or complied with by them
at or before the Closing.

               (c) Adverse Proceedings. No claim, action, suit, investigation
or governmental proceeding shall be pending and no Law of any 

Governmental Authority shall be enacted, rendered or in force, which would
render it unlawful, as of the Closing Date, to effect the transactions
contemplated by this Agreement and the Other Documents to be executed and
delivered pursuant hereto.

               (d) Consents and Approvals. All necessary consents, approvals or
waivers from third parties and Governmental Authorities shall have been received
by CCI and the Buyer.

               (e) Environmental. The Buyer shall be satisfied with the results
of an environmental audit of the real property owned by CCI.

               (f) EBITDA. The EBITDA for the three months ending December 31,
1996 shall not be more than 6.5% lower than the EBITDA for the three months
ended December 31, 1995.

               6.2 Conditions Precedent to Obligations of CCI and the Sellers.
The obligations of CCI and the Sellers to consummate the transactions
contemplated hereby are subject to the satisfaction or waiver by CCI (subject to
applicable Law) on or before the Closing Date of each of the following
conditions:

               (a) Accuracy of Representations and Warranties. Each of the
representations and warranties of the Buyer contained in this Agreement or in
any Other Document to be executed and delivered by the Buyer on or before the
Closing Date pursuant hereto shall have been true and correct in all material
respects when made, and shall be true and correct in all material respects as of
the Closing Date as though made on and as of such date.

               (b) Performance of Agreements. The Buyer shall have performed and
complied in all material respects with all of the covenants and agreements
contained in this Agreement to be performed or complied with by the Buyer at or
before the Closing.

               (c) Adverse Proceedings. No claim, action, suit, investigation or
governmental proceeding shall be pending, and no Law of any Governmental
Authority shall be enacted, rendered or in force, which would render it
unlawful, as of the Closing Date, to effect the transactions contemplated by
this Agreement and the Other Documents to be executed and delivered pursuant
hereto.

               (d) Preferred Stock Approval. The holder of the Preferred Stock
shall have approved this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby; the
execution of this Agreement by such holder shall constitute such approval, and
shall be irrevocable.

                                ARTICLE VII

                      SURVIVAL OF REPRESENTATIONS AND
                        WARRANTIES; INDEMNIFICATION

               7.1 Survival of Representations and Warranties. All
representations and warranties of the Sellers and the Buyer contained herein or
made pursuant hereto shall survive the Closing and any investigation at any time
made by or on behalf of any party hereto until December 31, 1998 except that the
representations and warranties contained in Sections 3.14 (Litigation and
Arbitration) and 3.17 (Taxes) shall both survive until 45 days following the
expiration of the applicable statute of 

limitations (including extensions thereof). Provided that a claim with respect
to a breach of representation or warranty is made within the applicable period
in accordance with the provisions of Section 7.6 hereof, such claim and any
related claims may continue to be asserted beyond such period.

               7.2 Statements as Representations. All statements contained
herein or in any Schedule contained in the Disclosure Schedule or in any Exhibit
hereto shall be deemed representations and warranties within the meaning of
Sections 7.1, 7.3(a), 7.3(b)(i) and 7.4(a) hereof.

               7.3 Indemnification by the Sellers.

               (a) Subject to the provisions of this Article VII, each Seller
shall severally indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Buyer, any parent,
subsidiary or affiliate of the Buyer, and any director, officer, employee, agent
or advisor of any of them, or any of their respective successors or assigns (a
"Buyer Indemnified Party"), from and against any and all Losses asserted
against, resulting to, imposed upon or incurred by any Buyer Indemnified Party,
directly or indirectly, by reason of or resulting from the breach of or any
inaccuracy in any of the representations and warranties of such Seller contained
in or made pursuant to Article II hereof, or any facts or circumstances
constituting such breach or inaccuracy.

               (b) Subject to the provisions of this Article VII, each
Management Seller shall jointly and severally indemnify, defend and hold
harmless each Buyer Indemnified Party from and against any and all Losses
asserted against, resulting to, imposed upon or incurred by such Buyer
Indemnified Party, directly or indirectly, by reason of or resulting from:

                      (i) the breach of or any inaccuracy in any of the
          representations and warranties of the Sellers or CCI contained in
          or made pursuant to any Section of this Agreement (other than a
          Section in Article II hereof), or any facts or circumstances
          constituting such breach or inaccuracy;

                      (ii) the breach or nonperformance of any covenant or
          agreement of the Sellers or CCI contained in or made pursuant to
          this Agreement or any facts or circumstances constituting such
          breach or nonperformance;

                      (iii) any liabilities relating to the Excluded
          Assets;

                      (iv) any unrecorded expenses and liabilities (net of
          any unrecorded income and Current Assets) of CCI relating to
          occurrences prior to the Effective Time;

                      (v) any litigation or legal claims against CCI or for
          which CCI is or may be liable relating to occurrences prior to
          the Effective Time; and

                      (vi) all liability and remediation costs imposed by
          Environmental Laws or by any Governmental Authority in respect of
          Environmental Laws;

               (c) Subject to the provisions of this Article VII, each Seller
(other than the Management Sellers and Berthel Fisher) and Berthel 

Fisher (only with respect to clauses (ii) and (v) below), shall severally
indemnify, defend and hold harmless each Buyer Indemnified Party from and
against any and all Losses asserted against, resulting to, imposed upon or
incurred by such Buyer Indemnified Party, directly or indirectly, by reason of
or resulting from:

                      (i) the breach of or any inaccuracy in any of the
          representations and warranties of such Seller contained in or
          made pursuant to any Section of this Agreement (other than a
          Section in Article II hereof), or any facts or circumstances
          constituting such breach or inaccuracy;

                      (ii) the breach or nonperformance of any covenant or
          agreement of such Seller contained in or made pursuant to this
          Agreement or any facts or circumstances constituting such breach
          or nonperformance;

                      (iii) its Pro Rata portion of any liabilities
          relating to the Excluded Assets;

                      (iv) its Pro Rata portion of any unrecorded expenses
          and liabilities (net of any unrecorded income and Current Assets)
          of CCI relating to occurrences prior to the Effective Time;

                      (v) its Pro Rata portion of any litigation or legal
          claims against CCI or for which CCI is or may be liable relating
          to occurrences prior to the Effective Time; and

                      (vi) its Pro Rata portion of all liabilities and
          remediation costs imposed by Environmental Laws or by any
          Governmental Authority in respect of Environmental Laws.

               7.4 Indemnification by the Buyer. Subject to the provisions of
this Article VII, the Buyer shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless the
Sellers, any parent, subsidiary or affiliate of the Sellers, and any director,
officer, employee, agent or advisor of any of them or any of their respective
heirs, successors or assigns (a "Seller Indemnified Party"), from and against
any and all Losses asserted against, resulting to, imposed upon or incurred by
any Seller Indemnified Party, directly or indirectly, by reason of or resulting
from:

                      (a) the breach of or any inaccuracy in any of the
          representations and warranties of the Buyer contained in or made
          pursuant to this Agreement or any facts or circumstances
          constituting such breach or inaccuracy;

                      (b) the breach or non-performance of any agreement of
          the Buyer contained in or made pursuant to this Agreement or any
          facts or circumstances constituting such breach or
          nonperformance, and

                      (c) the operations or business of the Surviving
          Corporation after the Effective Time.

               7.5 Limitations on Indemnification

               (a) The indemnifications in favor of the Buyer Indemnified
Parties contained in Section 7.3(b)(i) (except with respect to Sections 3.1,
3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5(a) hereof, Taxes, litigation and legal claims 

relating to occurrences prior to the Effective Time), Section 7.3(b)(ii) (except
with respect to Article I hereof), Section 7.3(b)(iv), Section 7.3(c)(i) (except
with respect to Article II, Sections 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5(a) hereof,
Taxes, litigation and legal claims relating to occurrences prior to the
Effective Time), Section 7.3(c)(ii) (except with respect to Article I hereof)
and Section 7.3(c)(iv) shall be effective only to the extent that the aggregate
dollar amount of all Losses indemnified against under such Sections (i) exceeds
$100,000 and (ii) shall not exceed $2,000,000.

               (b) The indemnifications in favor of the Seller Indemnified
Parties contained in Section 7.4(a) (except with respect to Sections 4.1, 4.2
and 4.3(a) hereof) and Section 7.4(b) (except with respect to Article I hereof,
and the employment and non-competition agreements attached hereto as Exhibits C,
D and E) shall be effective only to the extent that the aggregate dollar amount
of all Losses indemnified against under such Section (i) exceeds $100,000 and
(ii) shall not exceed $2,000,000.

               (c) No Buyer Indemnified Party or Seller Indemnified Party shall
be entitled to recover any amounts pursuant to this Article VII to the extent
such Person is entitled to recover such amounts under insurance policies.

               (d) The Buyer and the Sellers shall not be entitled to
indemnification under this Article VII in respect of any breach of this
Agreement (except with respect to Section 3.19) if the Buyer or the Seller
Representatives, respectively, knowingly waived such breach at the Closing in
writing.

               (e) Any payment to the Buyer under this Article VII (except in
respect of Article I hereof) shall be made pursuant to the Escrow Agreement, to
the extent the Escrow Amount has not been depleted.

               (f) The obligations of each Seller under Section 7.3 shall be
limited to his or its Pro Rata share of the Consideration.

               7.6 Indemnification Procedures.

               (a) Notice. If any legal proceeding shall be threatened or
instituted or any claim or demand shall be asserted by any Buyer Indemnified
Party or Seller Indemnified Party in respect of which indemnification may be
sought under the provisions of this Agreement, the party seeking indemnification
(the "Claiming Party") shall promptly cause written notice of the assertion of
any such claim, demand or proceeding of which it has knowledge to be forwarded
to the party from whom it is claiming indemnification (the "Indemnitor"). Such
notice shall contain a reference to the provisions hereof or of such other
agreement, instrument or certificate delivered pursuant hereto, in respect of
which such claim is being made, and shall specify, in reasonable detail, the
amount of such Loss if determinable at such time. The Claiming Party's failure
to give the Indemnitor prompt notice shall not preclude the Claiming Party from
seeking indemnification from the Indemnitor unless the Claiming Party's failure
has materially prejudiced the Indemnitor's ability to defend the claim, demand
or proceeding.

               (b) Third Party Claims. If the Claiming Party seeks
indemnification from the Indemnitor as a result of a claim or demand being made
by a third party (a "Third Party Claim"), the Indemnitor shall have the right to
promptly assume the control of the defense of such Third 

Party Claim, including, at its own expense, employment by it of counsel
reasonably satisfactory to the Claiming Party. The Claiming Party may, in its
sole discretion and at its own expense, employ counsel to represent it in the
defense of the Third Party Claim, and in such event counsel for the Indemnitor
shall cooperate with counsel for the Claiming Party in such defense, provided
that the Indemnitor shall direct and control the defense of such Third Party
Claim or proceeding. Except with the written consent of the Claiming Party, the
Indemnitor shall not consent to the entry of any judgment nor enter into any
settlement of such Third Party Claim which (i) does not include as an
unconditional term thereof the release of the Claiming Party from all liability
in respect of such Third Party Claim and (ii) results in the imposition on the
Claiming Party of any remedy other than money damages; provided, however, that
the Claiming Party shall not unreasonably withhold or delay its consent to the
entry of any judgment or any settlement of a Third Party Claim. If the
Indemnitor elects not to exercise its rights to assume the defense of the Third
Party Claim, or if injunctive relief is sought which would have an adverse
effect on the Claiming Party, the Claiming Party may, but shall have no
obligation to, defend against such Third Party Claim or legal proceeding in such
manner as it may deem appropriate, and the Claiming Party may compromise or
settle such Third Party Claim and proceeding with the Indemnitor's consent,
which shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed.

               (c) Payment. After any final judgment or award shall have been
rendered by a court, arbitration board or administrative agency of competent
jurisdiction and the time in which to appeal therefrom shall have expired, or a
settlement shall have been consummated, or the Claiming Party and the Indemnitor
shall arrive at a mutually binding agreement with respect to each separate
matter alleged to be indemnified by the Indemnitor hereunder, the Claiming Party
shall forward to the Indemnitor notice of any sums due and owing by it with
respect to such matter (in accordance with Section 8.10 hereof) and the
Indemnitor shall pay all of the sums so owing to the Claiming Party by wire
transfer, certified or bank cashier's check within 10 days after the date of
such notice.

               7.7 Tax Indemnification. (a) Except to the extent included in the
adjustment to Consideration contemplated by Section 1.4 hereof, the Management
Sellers shall jointly and severally, and the other Sellers shall severally (on a
Pro Rata basis), indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Buyer Indemnified
Parties from and against any and all Losses asserted against, resulting to,
imposed on, sustained, incurred or suffered by, or asserted against any of the
Buyer Indemnified Parties, directly or indirectly, by reason of or resulting
from any and all Taxes imposed upon CCI with respect to (i) any Pre-Closing
Period, (ii) any Straddle Period but only with respect to the portion of such
Straddle Period ending on the close of business on the Closing Date and in the
manner provided in paragraph 7.7(d) hereof and (iii) any Transfer Taxes for
which the Sellers are liable pursuant to Section 5.1(a).

               (b) Without limiting the generality of Section 7.7(a) above, the
Sellers shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Buyer Indemnified Parties
from and against any and all Losses asserted against, resulting to, imposed on,
sustained, incurred or suffered by, or asserted against any of the Buyer
Indemnified Parties, directly or indirectly, by reason of or resulting from the
imposition of Taxes on CCI as a result of the sale, transfer, assignment or
distribution of any of the Excluded Assets. Notwithstanding anything to the
contrary contained herein, the Sellers shall not be liable for any Losses
incurred by any of the Buyer Indemnified Parties by reason of or resulting from
(i) the imposition of 

Taxes on CCI as a result actions of CCI on the Closing Date that are caused by
the Buyer and not contemplated by this Agreement, or (ii) from the failure of
the Buyer to file all Tax Returns required to be filed by the Buyer pursuant to
Section 5.1(b) on a timely basis, provided, however, in the case of clause (ii)
hereof, the Sellers have prepared and delivered such Tax Returns to the Buyer in
the time and manner prescribed in Section 5.1(b).

               (c) The Buyer shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless the
Seller Indemnified Parties from and against any and all Losses asserted
against, resulting to, imposed on, sustained, incurred or suffered by, or
asserted against any of the Seller Indemnified Parties, directly 
or indirectly, by reason of or resulting from any and all Taxes imposed on CCI
with respect to (i) any Post-Closing Period and (ii) any Straddle Period, but
only with respect to the portion of such Straddle Period beginning the day 
after the Closing Date and in the manner provided for in paragraph 7.7(d) 
hereof.

               (d) For purposes of determining the amount of Taxes for or which
relate to a Straddle Period, the Closing Date shall be treated as the last day
of a taxable period, and the portion of any such Tax that is allocable to the
taxable period that is so deemed to end on and include the Closing Date: (i) in
the case of Taxes that are either (x) based upon or related to income or
receipts (and corresponding losses and deductions) or (y) imposed in connection
with any sale, transfer, assignment or distribution of property (real or
personal, tangible or intangible) (and corresponding losses and deductions),
shall be deemed equal to the amount which would be payable if the period for
which such Tax is assessed ended on and included the Closing Date, and (ii) in
the cases of Taxes other than Taxes described in clause (i) hereof, shall be
computed on a per diem basis.

               (e) In the event of the realization of any loss or credit for tax
purposes of CCI attributable to any Post-Closing Period, CCI may, in its sole
discretion, to the extent permitted under applicable law, elect not to carry
back such loss or credit to a Pre-Closing Period.

               (f) The Sellers shall be entitled to all refunds of Taxes of CCI
for any Pre-Closing Period, and the Buyer shall be entitled to all refunds of
Taxes of CCI for any Post-Closing Period. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the
Buyer shall be entitled to any refund of Taxes of CCI for any Pre-Closing Period
which results from either (i) the carryback of a tax attribute from a
Post-Closing Period or (ii) a timing difference with respect to certain tax
matters (for example, depreciation or inventory). Refunds relating to any
Straddle Period shall be equitably apportioned between the Sellers and the Buyer
in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement governing such periods. A
party receiving a refund to which the other party is entitled pursuant to this
Agreement shall pay the amount to which such other party is entitled within five
days of receiving such refund. The Sellers shall be allowed reasonable access to
the books and records of CCI in order to be able to confirm whether CCI has
received any refund with respect to which the Sellers are entitled pursuant to
this Section 7.7(f).

               (g) If a notice of deficiency, proposed adjustment, adjustment,
assessment, audit, examination, suit, dispute or other claim (a "Tax Claim")
shall be delivered, sent, commenced, or initiated to or against CCI by any
taxing authority with respect to Taxes for which any Person is entitled to
indemnification hereunder, the Buyer shall promptly 

notify Seller Representatives in writing of the Tax Claim. If a Tax Claim with
respect to Taxes for which any Person is entitled to indemnification hereunder
shall be delivered, sent, commenced or initiated to or against the Sellers by
any taxing authority, the Sellers shall promptly notify the Buyer in writing of
such Tax Claim.

               (h) Seller Representatives may, upon timely notice to the Buyer,
assume and control the defense of a Tax Claim involving only Pre-Closing Periods
at the Sellers' own cost and expense and with their own counsel and the Buyer
and its affiliates agree to cooperate with the Sellers and their counsel in
pursuing such contest. If Seller Representatives elect to assume the defense of
any such Tax Claim, notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein,
(i) the Sellers shall consult with the Buyer and shall not enter into any
settlement with respect to any such Tax Claim without the Buyer's prior written
consent if the effect of such settlement would be to increase the liability for
Taxes of CCI for any Post-Closing Period or Straddle Period with respect to the
portion of such Straddle Period beginning the day after the Closing Date; (ii)
the Sellers shall keep the Buyer informed of all material developments and
events relating to such Tax Claim (including promptly notifying the Buyer of any
telephone conversations, meetings or other contacts with the Internal Revenue
Service (the "Service") or any other taxing authority relating to such Tax Claim
and allowing the Buyer to listen in on or be present at, as the case may be, any
such phone conversations, meetings or other contact with the Service or any
other taxing authority relating to such Tax Claim); and (iii) at its own cost
and expense, the Buyer shall have the right to participate in (but not to
control) the defense of such Tax Claim.

               (i) In connection with the contest of any Tax Claim that relates
to (i) any Post-Closing Period, (ii) any Straddle Period and (iii) any Tax Claim
that the Sellers have the ability to control but do not timely elect to control
pursuant to Section 7.7(f), such contest shall be controlled by the Buyer, and
the Sellers agree to cooperate with Buyer and its affiliates in pursuing such
contest. In connection with any such contest that relates to (ii) or (iii)
above, the Buyer shall keep Seller Representatives informed of all material
developments and events relating to such Tax Claim (including, promptly
notifying Seller Representatives of any telephone conversations, meetings or
other contacts with the Service or any other taxing authority relating to such
Tax Claim and allowing Seller Representatives to listen in on or be present at,
as the case may be, any such phone conversations, meetings or other contact with
the Service or any other taxing authority relating to such Tax Claim) and the
Sellers, at their own cost and expense, shall have the right to participate in
(but not control) the defense of such Tax Claim. Nothing contained herein shall
be construed as limiting the Buyer's right to indemnification under this Section
7.7.

                                ARTICLE VIII

                               MISCELLANEOUS

               8.1 Consent to Service. Each Seller hereby designates and
appoints Seller Representatives as its authorized agents upon whom process may
be served in any suit, proceeding or other action against such Seller instituted
by the Buyer and relating to this Agreement. Such designation and appointment
shall, to the extent permitted by law, be irrevocable, unless and until a
successor authorized agent acceptable to the Buyer shall have been appointed by
the Sellers, such successor shall have accepted such 

appointment and written notice thereof shall have been given to the Buyer. Each
Seller further agrees that service of process upon such authorized agent or
successor shall be deemed in every respect service of process upon such Seller
in any such suit, proceeding or other action. Each Seller further agrees to take
any and all action, including the execution and filing of all such instruments
and documents, as may be necessary to continue such designation and appointment
of such authorized agent in full force and effect.

               8.2 Parties in Interest; No Third Party Beneficiaries.

               (a) This Agreement shall be binding upon, inure to the benefit
of, and be enforceable by, the parties hereto and their respective successors
and permitted assigns. This Agreement and the rights and obligations of the
Buyer and the Sellers hereunder may not be assigned by any of the parties hereto
without the prior written consent of the other parties.

               (b) This Agreement is not intended, nor shall it be construed, to
confer upon any Person except the parties hereto and their heirs, successors and
permitted assigns any rights or remedies under or by reason of this Agreement.

               8.3 Exhibits and Disclosure Schedule. All Exhibits annexed hereto
and the Disclosure Schedule referred to herein are hereby incorporated in and
made a part of this Agreement as if set forth in full herein.

               8.4 Entire Agreement. This Agreement, including the Exhibits
hereto and the documents, schedules, certificates and instruments referred to
herein, embody the entire agreement and understanding of the parties hereto in
respect of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement. This Agreement
supersedes all prior agreements, arrangements and understandings of the parties
with respect to such transactions.

               8.5 Waiver of Compliance. No amendment, modification, alteration,
supplement or waiver of compliance with any obligation, covenant, agreement,
provision or condition hereof or consent pursuant to this Agreement shall be
effective unless evidenced by an instrument in writing executed by all of the
parties or in the case of a waiver, the party against whom enforcement of any
waiver, is sought. Any waiver or failure to insist upon strict compliance with
such obligation, covenant, agreement, provision or condition shall not operate
as a waiver of, or estoppel with respect to, any subsequent or other failure.

               8.6 Validity. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision
of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other
provisions of this Agreement, each of which shall remain in full force and
effect.

               8.7 Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in any number of
counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original but all of which
together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

               8.8 Headings. The table of contents, article and section headings
contained in this Agreement are for convenience only and shall not control or
affect in any way the meaning or interpretation of the provisions of this
Agreement.

               8.9 Governing Law; Arbitration. (a) This Agreement shall be
governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas
without giving effect to the conflicts of law principles of such jurisdiction.

               (b) Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this
Agreement, including the termination, validity, interpretation or breach thereof
shall be settled by arbitration before a single arbitrator conducted in Atlanta,
Georgia in accordance with then applicable Commercial Arbitration Rules of the
American Arbitration Association, as modified in this Agreement (the "Rules").
Within 20 days after its receipt of claimant's notice of intention to arbitrate
and statement of claim, respondent shall serve claimant with its answering
statement and any counterclaims. Claimant shall serve its answer to any
counterclaims within ten days after its receipt thereof. The hearing shall be
held no later than 30 days after the designation of the arbitrator, and shall
last no more than two business days absent good cause shown. The arbitrator
shall render its written decision within 30 days after such hearing is
conducted. The rendering of the decision by the arbitrator within the aforesaid
period of time is a condition to the parties' obligation to pay the fees of the
arbitrator. The powers of the arbitrator shall include, but not be limited to,
the awarding of injunctive or other equitable relief but shall not include the
power to modify or amend in any respect the provisions of this Agreement. The
arbitrator shall include in any award the amount of the reasonable attorneys'
fees and expenses and all other reasonable costs and expenses of the arbitration
incurred by the prevailing party and a direction that it be paid by the other
party within ten days after the making of such award. In the event that the
arbitrator does not rule in favor of the prevailing party in respect of all the
claims alleged by such party, the arbitrator shall include in any award the
portion of the amount of the reasonable attorneys' fees and other expenses of
the arbitration incurred by the prevailing party as the arbitrator deems just
and equitable under the circumstances, together with a direction that such
amounts be paid by the other party within ten days thereof. Except as provided
above, each party shall bear his or its own attorneys' fees and expenses and the
parties shall bear equally all other costs and expenses of the arbitration.
Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court
having jurisdiction thereof.

               (c) Nothing contained in this Section 8.9 shall be construed to
limit or preclude a party from bringing any action in any court of competent
jurisdiction for interim or provisional relief pending establishment of the
arbitral tribunal and the arbitral tribunal's determination of the merits of the
dispute to protect the rights or property of that party or to compel another
party to comply with its obligations under this Agreement during the pendency of
the arbitration proceedings.

               8.10 Notices. All notices, requests, claims, demands and other
communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been
duly given if delivered personally, telecopied (with confirmation of receipt),
delivered by nationally-recognized overnight express service or sent by
registered or certified mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested) to the
parties at the following addresses:

                      (a)    If to the Buyer to:

                             PhoneTel Technologies, Inc.
                             1127 Euclid Avenue

                             Cleveland, Ohio 44115
                             Telephone: (216) 241-2555
                             Telecopy:  (216) 241-2574
                             Attention:  Chief Executive Officer

                             Copy to:

                           Skadden, Arps, Slate,
                             Meagher & Flom LLP
                             919 Third Avenue
                          New York, New York 10022
                         Telephone: (212) 735-3000
                         Telecopy:  (212) 735-2000
                     Attention: Stephen M Banker, Esq.

                      (b)    If to a Seller:

                             Seller's  address,  as set forth on  Exhibit A
                             hereto.

                             Copy to:

                          Gardere & Wynne, L.L.P.
                          3000 Thanksgiving Tower
                            Dallas, Texas 75201
                         Telephone: (214) 999-3000
                          Telecopy: (214) 999-4667
                      Attention: Alan J. Perkins, Esq.

                      (c)    If to CCI:

                             Cherokee Communications, Inc.
                             506 E. Rusk
                             P.O. Box 549
                             Jacksonville, Texas 75766
                             Telephone: (903) 586-6671
                             Telecopy:  (903) 586-5150
                             Attention:  Chairman and
                                           Chief Executive Officer

                             Copy to:

                          Gardere & Wynne, L.L.P.
                          3000 Thanksgiving Tower
                            Dallas, Texas 75201
                         Telephone: (214) 999-3000
                          Telecopy: (214) 999-4667
                      Attention: Alan J. Perkins, Esq.

or to such other  address  as the person to whom  notice is to be given may
have  previously  furnished to the other in writing in the manner set forth
above,  provided  that notice of a change of address  shall be deemed given
only upon receipt.

               8.11 Termination or Abandonment. This Agreement shall
terminate on January 31, 1997, upon notice by either CCI or Buyer to the
other if the Merger has not been consummated by such date. Notwithstanding
anything contained in this Agreement to the contrary, this Agreement may be

terminated and abandoned at any time prior to the Closing:

               (a) by the mutual written consent of CCI and the Buyer; or

               (b) by CCI or the Buyer, if any court of competent
jurisdiction or governmental body, authority or agency having jurisdiction
shall have issued an order, decree or ruling or taken any other action
restraining, enjoining or otherwise prohibiting the transactions
contemplated by this Agreement and such order, decree, ruling or other
action shall have become final and nonappealable.

               8.12 Effect of Termination. If any party terminates this
Agreement pursuant to Section 8.11 above, all obligations of the parties
hereunder shall terminate without any liability of any party to any other
party (except for any liability of any party then in breach (subject to
Section 1.6 hereof) and except that the provisions of Sections 5.4 and 5.6
shall survive termination of this Agreement). Notwithstanding the
foregoing, in the event the Buyer terminates this Agreement because of a
breach of a representation or warranty by CCI or any Seller, CCI and the
Sellers shall have no liability to the Buyer in respect of such breach
unless the facts supporting such breach were known by CCI or any Seller on
the date hereof.

                                 ARTICLE IX

                                DEFINITIONS

               9.1 Definitions. For purposes of this Agreement, the following
terms shall have the meanings set forth below (such meanings to be equally
applicable to both the singular and plural forms of the terms defined):

               "Accounting Books and Records" shall have the meaning set forth
in Section 3.2 hereof.

               "Accounts Receivable" shall mean all of the accounts receivable
and notes receivable of CCI.

               "Adjustment Schedule" shall have the meaning set forth in Section
1.5 hereof.

               "Affiliate Transactions" shall have the meaning set forth in
Section 3.23 hereof.

               "Articles of Merger" shall have the meaning set forth in Section
1.8 hereof.

               "AT&T Rate" shall mean the time of day discounted rate charged by
AT&T for long distance calls, or the blended rate charged by AT&T, MCI and
Sprint (or such other rate as may be used by the FCC in imposing Rate Caps), for
minutes of use, the calling card surcharge and the surcharge for collect calls
or operator assistance as of a Rate Cap Effective Date.

               "Audited Financial Statements" shall have the meaning set forth
in Section 3.6 hereof.

               "Average Term" shall mean the average remaining term of the
written contracts for the placement of Installed Phones; provided that, in

calculating the term of any such contract, (a) an Installed Phone without a
written contract shall be treated as if there is a contract with no remaining
term; (b) any renewal term at the option of CCI shall be considered part of the
term; (c) any contract which automatically renews unless the other party gives
notice of its intention to terminate the contract or permit it to expire, shall
be deemed to terminate as if such notice is given at the earliest permissible
date; and (d) such calculation shall be weighted to take into account the number
of telephones under each such contract.

               "Berthel Fisher" shall mean Berthel Fisher & Company Investments,
Inc.

               "Buyer" shall mean PhoneTel Technologies, Inc., an Ohio
corporation.

               "Buyer Indemnified Party" shall have the meaning set forth in
Section 7.3 hereof.

               "CID" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3.1 hereof.

               "Claiming Party" shall have the meaning set forth in Section
7.6(a) hereof.

               "Closing" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 1.8 hereof.

               "Closing Date" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 1.8
hereof.

               "Code" shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

               "Consideration" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 1.2
hereof.

               "Contract Phones" shall mean the telephones to be installed by
CCI pursuant to location contracts entered into by CCI, provided CCI has
available new or refurbished state of the art equipment in inventory for the
installation of such telephones and provided further that the locations for the
installation of such telephones have been selected and approved consistent with
standards employed by CCI immediately prior to October 16, 1996.

               "Contracts" shall mean and include all leases, contracts,
agreements, licenses, license agreements, purchase orders, invoices, sales
orders, instruments evidencing indebtedness for borrowed money, mortgages or
other documents securing any indebtedness for borrowed money, commitments and
understandings, written or oral, and all amendments or modifications thereto, to
which CCI is a party or by which CCI is bound.

               "Convertibles" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3.4
hereof.

               "Current Assets" shall be determined in accordance with GAAP,
consistent with prior periods (except as described in Schedule 3.10 of the
Disclosure Schedule), and shall mean all (i) cash, (ii) accounts receivable (net
of allowance for doubtful accounts), (iii) prepaid expenses 

and (iv) all cash equivalents of CCI, but shall not include inventories or
supplies.

               "Disclosure Schedule" shall mean the disclosure schedule
delivered in connection herewith.

               "EBITDA" for any period shall mean CCI's earnings from continuing
operations before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (excluding the
Excluded Assets), after adding back the amount of expenses incurred in
connection with the transactions contemplated hereby, any expenses relating to
the issuance of capital stock and any other extraordinary, non-recurring
expenses, for such period, determined in accordance with GAAP from the financial
statements of CCI, applied on a consistent basis, and assuming the state of the
law with respect to dial around compensation as it existed prior to September
20, 1996.

               "Effective Time" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 1.8
hereof.

               "Encumbrance" shall mean any lien, encumbrance, proxy, voting
trust arrangement, pledge, security interest, collateral security agreement,
financing statement (and similar notices) filed with any Governmental Authority,
claim (including any claim as defined in the Code), charge, equities, mortgage,
pledge, objection, title defect, option, restrictive covenant or restriction on
transfer of any nature whatsoever, and the interest of the lessor in any
property subject to a capital lease.

               "Environmental Laws" shall have the meaning set forth in Section
3.19 hereof.

               "Equipment" shall mean all telephones, all Inventory and all
other items of plant and equipment (including, without limitation, vehicles,
furniture, machinery, computers, office equipment and office supplies) which are
owned, leased or otherwise used by CCI in the operations of its businesses.

               "ERISA" shall mean the Employee Retirement Income Security
Act of 1974, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated
thereunder.

               "ERISA Affiliate" shall mean any trade or business, whether or
not incorporated, which (within the meaning of Section 4001 of ERISA) would, in
conjunction with CCI, be deemed a "single employer".

               "Escrow Agent" shall have the meaning set forth in Section
1.6(a).

               "Escrow Amount" shall have the meaning set forth in Section
1.6(a) hereof, as may be modified by Section 1.6(b) hereof.

               "Excluded Assets" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5.9
hereof.

               "FCC" shall mean the Federal Communications Commission.

               "Financial Statements" shall have the meaning set forth in
Section 3.6 hereof.

               "First Rate Cap Year" shall mean the twelve-month period 

from the Closing Date through the first anniversary of the Closing Date.

               "GAAP" shall mean generally accepted accounting principles as in
effect on the date hereof.

               "Governmental Authority" shall mean any government or political
subdivision thereof, whether federal, state, local or foreign, or any agency,
department, commission, board, bureau, court, tribunal, body, administrative or
regulatory authority or instrumentality of any such government or political
subdivision.

               "Hazardous Material" shall mean any substance that is defined as
a "hazardous waste," "hazardous substance," "pollutant" or "contaminant" under
any Environmental Law or whose presence requires an investigation or remediation
under any Environmental Law, including, without limitation, gasoline, diesel
fuel and other petroleum hydrocarbons.

               "Indemnitor" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7.6
hereof.

               "Installed Phones" shall mean the microprocessor-based pay
telephones owned by CCI and 50% of such telephones owned by CID, in each case
which are active and generating income, but not including any telephones
installed after the date hereof inconsistent with standards employed by CCI
immediately prior to October 16, 1996.

               "Intellectual Property" shall mean (a) all computer software
applications (whether licensed or otherwise and whether customized or
otherwise), U.S. and foreign patents and patent applications, registered and
unregistered copyrights and copyright applications (including copyrights in
proprietary computer software and databases), trademarks, service marks, trade
dress, logos, trade names and similar business identifiers, including, in each
case, all registrations and applications therefore, (b) all trade secrets,
know-how, formulae, processes, inventions (whether patentable or unpatentable)
and other technical information and (c) the goodwill of the business symbolized
by any of the foregoing.

               "Inventory" shall mean and include all inventory owned or held by
CCI and used in the conduct of its business and operations, including raw
materials, components, repair parts, works-in-progress, finished goods and other
similar items, whether new or used.

               "Law" shall mean any law (including common law), rule,
regulation, restriction (including zoning), code, statute, ordinance, order,
writ, injunction, judgment, decree or other requirement of a Governmental
Authority.

               "Liabilities" shall be determined in accordance with GAAP,
consistent with prior periods (except as described in Schedule 3.10 of the
Disclosure Schedule), and shall mean (without double-counting), all (i) current
liabilities, (ii) long-term liabilities, (iii) costs associated with the
installation of all Contract Phones included within the calculation provided in
Section 1.4(a) hereof, including commissions and signing bonuses (but excluding
the labor cost of CCI employees), (iv) payments due on automobile leases after
the Effective Time, (v) accrued and unpaid dividends, (vi) accrued interest,
(vii) payments due on all leases after the Effective Time (except leases of real
property, a lease on postal equipment, and license payments to Intellicall, Inc.
as described in Section 3.12) and (viii) accrued vacation days; provided that
Liabilities 

shall not include (x) accrued Taxes (including income taxes payable and deferred
income tax liabilities), (y) all normal, recurring monthly expenses incurred
during the month of the Closing Date (including telephone bills, property taxes,
leases of real property and payroll) to the extent allocated to the Buyer based
on the number of days occurring after the Effective Time, and (z) the car loans
for the three automobiles currently used by Bill H. Bailey, Jr., Edward L.
Marshall and Jerry T. Beddow.

               "Losses" shall mean and include all demands, claims, actions,
causes of action, assessments, damages, losses, liabilities, judgments,
settlements, fines, penalties, sanctions, costs and expenses (including, without
limitation, interest, penalties, reasonable attorneys' fees and expenses as
incurred, and all other reasonable costs of investigating and defending third
party claims as incurred).

               "Management Sellers" shall mean Bill H. Bailey, Jr., Jerry T.
Beddow, Edward L. Marshall and C. Nelson Trimble, III.

               "Material Contract" shall mean any Contract that (i) is with any
of the Sellers' Affiliates, (ii) involves an obligation or commitment or
financial risk of more than $25,000 or (iii) which extends, without a right of
cancellation by CCI, for a period exceeding 180 days.

               "Merger" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 1.1.

               "Merger Sub" shall mean PhoneTel CCI, Inc., a Texas corporation
and a wholly owned subsidiary of Buyer.

               "1996 Audit" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3.6
hereof.

               "Options" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3.4 hereof.

               "Order" shall mean any order, judgment, injunction, award,
decree, writ, rule or similar action of any Governmental Authority.

               "Other Documents" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 1.8
hereof.

               "Permits" shall mean any franchise, license, certificate,
approval, identification number, registration, permit, authorization, order or
approval of, and any required registration with, any Governmental Authority
(including those required by local business ordinances and regulations of public
utility commissions).

               "Person" shall mean any individual, partnership, firm, trust,
association, corporation, joint venture, joint stock company, unincorporated
organization, Governmental Authority or other entity.

               "Post-Closing Period" shall mean any taxable year beginning after
the Closing Date.

               "Pre-Closing Period" shall mean any taxable year which ends on or
before the Closing Date.

               "Preferred Stock" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3.4
hereof.

               "Pro Rata" shall mean in accordance with the percentages set
forth in Exhibit A hereto.

               "Rate Cap Effective Date" shall mean any date on which any Rate
Cap is actually applicable to calls placed on such date.

               "Rate Caps" shall mean the benchmark rate limitation adopted and
made effective by the FCC in its CC Docket No. 92-77 proceeding (Second Further
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 96-253), and imposed upon interexchange and
exchange carriers that routinely accept interstate collect calls, credit card
calls, and/or third-party billing.

               "SEC" shall mean the United States Securities and Exchange
Commission, or its successors.

               "Second Rate Cap Year" shall mean the twelve-month period from
the end of the First Rate Cap Year through the second anniversary of the Closing
Date.

               "Securities" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 1.2(a)
hereof.

               "Securities Act" shall mean the Securities Act of 1933, as
amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

               "Seller Indemnified Party" shall have the meaning set forth in
Section 7.4 hereof.

               "Seller Representatives" shall have the meaning set forth in
Section 1.7 hereof.

               "Sellers" shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

               "Sellers' Affiliates" shall have the meaning set forth in Section
3.23 hereof.

               "Service" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7.7(h)
hereof.

               "Shares" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 1.2(a)
hereof.

               "Straddle Period" shall mean any taxable year that begins before
and ends after the Closing Date.

               "Surviving Corporation" shall have the meaning set forth in
Section 1.1 hereof.

               "Tax Claim" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7.7(g)
hereof.

               "Tax Return" shall mean any return, report, information return or
other document (including any related or supporting information) with respect to
Taxes.

               "Taxes" shall mean all taxes, charges, fees, duties, levies,
penalties or other assessments imposed by any federal, state, local or foreign
taxing Governmental Authority, including, but not limited to, income, gross
receipts, excise, property, sales, gain, use, license, 

capital stock, transfer, franchise, payroll, withholding, social security or
other taxes, including any interest, penalties or additions attributable
thereto.

               "Third Party Claim" shall have the meaning set forth in Section
7.6(b) hereof.

               "Transfer Taxes" shall have the meaning set forth in Section
5.1(a) hereof.

               "Warrants" shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3.4
hereof.

               IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this
Agreement, on the day and year first above written.

PHONETEL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

By: /s/ Peter G. Graf
   ----------------------------------
       Peter G. Graf
       Chairman and
       Chief Executive Officer

PHONETEL CCI, INC.

By: /s/ Peter G. Graf
   ----------------------------------
       Peter G. Graf
       Chairman and Chief
       Executive Officer

CHEROKEE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

By: /s/ Bill H. Bailey, Jr.
   ----------------------------------
       Bill H. Bailey, Jr.
       Chairman and
       Chief Executive Officer

SELLERS:

                                    /s/ Bill H. Bailey, Jr.
                                    ---------------------------------
                                    BILL H. BAILEY, JR., individually

                                    /s/ Edward L. Marshall
                                    ---------------------------------
                                    EDWARD L. MARSHALL, individually

                                    /s/ Jerry T. Beddow
                                    ---------------------------------
                                    JERRY T. BEDDOW, individually

                                    /s/ C. Nelson Trimble
                                    ---------------------------------
                                    C. NELSON TRIMBLE, individually

                                    BERTHEL FISHER & COMPANY INVESTMENTS, INC.

                                    By: /s/ James D. Thorp
                                       -------------------------------
                                             Name:
                                             Title:

                                    CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORPORATION

                                    By: /s/ J. Bruce Duty
                                       -------------------------------
                                             Name:
                                             Title:

                                    CAPITAL SOUTHWEST VENTURE CORPORATION

                                    By: /s/ J. Bruce Duty
                                       -------------------------------
                                             Name:
                                             Title:

                                    BANC ONE CAPITAL PARTNERS, L.P.

                                    By BOCP Corporation
                                      General Partner

                                    By: /s/ Suzanne B. Kriscunas
                                       -------------------------------
                                             Name:  Suzanne B. Kriscunas
                                             Title: Authorized Signer

                                    SELLER REPRESENTATIVES

                                    /s/ Bill H. Bailey, Jr.
                                    ----------------------------------
                                    BILL H. BAILEY, JR.

                                    /s/ J. Bruce Duty
                                    ----------------------------------
                                    J. BRUCE DUTY

Note: The exhibits listed on the Table of Contents and the following
disclosure schedules that are attachments to the Agreement and Plan of Merger
have been intentionally ommitted pursuant to Item 601(b)(2) of Regulation S-B. 
PhoneTel Technologies, Inc agrees to furnish supplementally a copy of any
omitted exhibit or schedule to the Securities and Exchange Commission upon
request.

                              DISCLOSURE SCHEDULES

Schedule 2.2             Restrictions on Transferability
Schedule 2.3             Consents and Approvals
Schedule 3.4             Rights to Purchase Securities
Schedule 3.5(a)          Consents and Approvals
Schedule 3.7             CCI Obligations
Schedule 3.8             Accounts Receivable - CCI Phones as of September 30,

Schedule 3.9             Equipment Encumbrances
Schedule 3.10            Absences of Changes or Events
Schedule 3.11(a)         Leases
Schedule 3.11(b)         Asset Encumbrances
Schedule 3.12            Material Contracts
Schedule 3.13(a)         Compliance with Laws
Schedule 3.13(b)         Material Permits to be Obtained
Schedule 3.13(c)         Permit Approvals Not to be Obtained Prior to Closing
Schedule 3.14(a)         Litigation/Arbitration
Schedule 3.15            Employee Matters
Schedule 3.17            Taxes
Schedule 3.19            Environmental Matters
Schedule 3.20(a)         Insurance Policies
Schedule 3.20(b)         Pending Insurance Claims
Schedule 3.21            Bank Accounts
Schedule 3.22(a)         Material Customers and Suppliers
Schedule 3.22(b)         Change in Customer/Supplier Relations
Schedule 3.23            Affiliate Transactions
Schedule 3.24            Prior Acquisitions
Schedule 3.25(a)         Owned Real Property
Schedule 3.25(c)         Leased Real Property 

Basic Info X:

Name: AGREEMENT AND PLAN
Type: Agreement and Plan
Date: Dec. 12, 1996
Company: PHONETEL TECHNOLOGIES INC
State: Ohio

Other info:

Date:

  • November 21 , 1996
  • January 2 , 1997
  • end of the second anniversary of the
  • August 31 , 1996
  • November 11 , 2087
  • October 1 , 1995
  • September 30 , 1995
  • July 1 , 1995
  • December 31 , 1996
  • December 31 , 1995
  • December 31 , 1998
  • January 31 , 1997
  • September 20 , 1996
  • October 16 , 1996
  • September 30 , 1996

Organization:

  • Conversion of Shares
  • First Quarter EBITDA
  • Gardere & Wynne , L.L.P.
  • Secretary of State of Texas
  • Texas Secretary of State
  • Boards of Directors of the Buyer and Merger Sub
  • Incorporation of Merger Sub
  • Sellers Pro Rata
  • AT & T Rate
  • c Manner of Payment
  • S.A. de C.V.
  • Organizational Documents and Corporate Records
  • Board of Directors of CCI
  • Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock
  • Audited Financial Statements
  • the State of Ohio
  • Tax Returns of CCI
  • United States Treasury
  • Notification of Certain Matters
  • 5.8 Interim Conduct of Business
  • Cherokee Communications , Inc. vs. Superior Phones , Ltd.
  • Conditions Precedent to Obligations of CCI
  • b Performance of Agreements
  • No Buyer Indemnified Party or Seller Indemnified Party
  • b Third Party Claims
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • VIII MISCELLANEOUS 8.1 Consent to Service
  • Interest ; No Third Party Beneficiaries
  • Waiver of Compliance
  • Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association
  • Meagher & Flom LLP
  • E. Rusk P.O
  • Berthel Fisher & Company Investments , Inc.
  • PhoneTel Technologies , Inc.
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Intellicall , Inc.
  • Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • United States Securities and Exchange Commission
  • First Rate Cap Year
  • BOCP Corporation General Partner
  • Table of Contents
  • Transferability Schedule 2.3 Consents
  • Pending Insurance Claims Schedule 3.21 Bank Accounts Schedule

Location:

  • Comerica Bank-Texas
  • Mexico
  • State of Iowa
  • Pro Rata
  • Atlanta
  • Georgia
  • Cleveland
  • Skadden
  • Arps
  • New York
  • Jacksonville
  • Dallas
  • Esq
  • Ohio
  • U.S.
  • L.P.
  • CCI Phones

Money:

  • $ 54,000,000
  • $ 7,900,000
  • $ 3,950
  • $ 520,000
  • $ 6,480,000
  • $ 3,000,000
  • $ 111.07
  • $ 1.00
  • $ 10,000
  • $ 50,000
  • $ 5,000
  • $ 100,000
  • $ 2,000,000
  • $ 25,000

Person:

  • Bill H. Bailey , Jr.
  • J. Bruce Duty
  • Intellistar
  • Wanda Baucom
  • Berthel <
  • Stephen M Banker
  • Alan J. Perkins
  • Peter G. Graf Chairman
  • EDWARD L. MARSHALL
  • JERRY T. BEDDOW
  • C. NELSON TRIMBLE
  • BERTHEL FISHER
  • James D. Thorp
  • Suzanne B. Kriscunas

Percent:

  • 89 %
  • 95 %
  • 3.6 %
  • 3.25 %
  • 40 %
  • 6.5 %
  • 50 %