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         THIS AMENDMENT TO EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (the "Amendment") is entered
into this 5th day of August, 1999 by and between BIRCH TELECOM, INC., a Delaware
corporation (the "Corporation"), and DAVID W. VRANICAR ("Employee").

         The Corporation and Employee entered into an Employment Agreement dated
February 10, 1998 (the "Employment Agreement") which contains the terms and
conditions of the Corporation's employment of the Employee. The Corporation and
Employee now desire to amend certain provisions of the Employment Agreement. The
Employment Agreement may be amended by the Corporation and Employee in
accordance with section 9.8 of the Employment Agreement upon the mutual consent
of the Corporation and Employee.

         NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the following promises and mutual
covenants, and intending to be legally bound, the parties agree as follows:

         1. DEFINED TERMS. Except as otherwise specifically provided in this
Amendment, the capitalized terms used in this Amendment and defined in the
Employment Agreement shall have the same meanings as provided in the Employment

         2. AMENDMENT OF SECTION 1.14. Section 1.14 of the Employment Agreement
is amended by deleting the term "one-year period" and substituting "two-year
period" in its place.

         3. AMENDMENT OF SUBSECTION 3.1(A). Subsection 3.1(a) of the Employment
Agreement is amended by deleting the terms of that subsection in their entirety
and substituting the following in their place, reading in their entirety as

         The Employee will be paid a minimum base annual salary of $200,000 (the
         "Salary"), which will be payable in equal periodic installments
         according to the Company's customary payroll practices, but no less
         frequently than monthly. The Salary may be increased by the
         Compensation Committee or Board of Directors of the Company during the
         term of this Agreement, and when increased, such higher amount shall
         then be the minimum base annual salary under this Agreement. The Salary
         shall not be reduced below the highest minimum base annual salary fixed
         from time to time by the Compensation Committee or Board of Directors
         of the Company without the Employee's written consent. When increased
         or decreased in accordance with the terms of this Agreement, the new
         minimum base annual salary shall be deemed the Employee's "Salary" for
         all purposes of this Agreement.

         4. AMENDMENT OF SECTION 6.4. Section 6.4 of the Employment Agreement is
amended by deleting the terms of that section in their entirety and substituting
the following in their place, reading in their entirety as follows:

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         For purposes of Section 6.1, the term "Good Reason" shall mean (a) a
         substantial reduction in the Employee's duties or responsibilities, (b)
         any reduction in Employee's Salary, or (c) relocation of the Employee's
         primary workplace to a location that is greater than 35 miles from the
         Employee's current workplace, in each case which is not cured within 30
         days following the Company's receipt of written notice from the
         Employee describing the event constituting Good Reason.

         5. AMENDMENT OF SUBSECTION 6.5(A). Subsection 6.5(a) of the Employment
Agreement is amended by deleting the terms of that subsection in their entirety
and substituting the following in their place, reading in their entirety as

         If the Employee terminates this Agreement for Good Reason, or if the
         Company terminates this Agreement other than for Cause (but not because
         of the Disability or death of the Employee), or if the Company notifies
         the Employee in accordance with Section 2.2 that this Agreement will
         not be renewed as of an applicable expiration date, the Company will
         pay the Employee (i) the Employee's Salary for the remainder, if any,
         of the calendar month in which such termination is effective and for
         twenty-four consecutive calendar months thereafter, (ii) the amount of
         the Employee's targeted incentive compensation for the year during
         which the termination is effective (prorated for the period from the
         beginning of the year until the effective date of termination), and
         (iii) the sum of two times the amount of targeted incentive
         compensation for the year in which the termination was effective (such
         amount to be determined as if the Employee had been employed for the
         entire year and not be prorated as described in clause (ii) above),
         payable in equal monthly installments over the Post-Employment Period.
         Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, if the Employee obtains other
         employment prior to the end of the twenty-four months following the
         month in which the termination or expiration is effective, he must
         promptly give notice thereof to the Company, and the payments under
         this Agreement for any period after the Employee obtains other
         employment will be reduced by the amount of the cash compensation
         received and to be received by the Employee from the Employee's other
         employment for services performed during such period.

         6. EFFECT OF AMENDMENT ON EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT. All provisions of this
Amendment shall be deemed to be incorporated in, and made part of, the
Employment Agreement, and the Employment Agreement, as amended and supplemented
by this Amendment, shall be read, taken, and construed as one and the same
agreement. Other than as expressly set forth herein, this Amendment shall not
constitute a consent or waiver to or modification of any term or condition of
the Employment Agreement. Subject to the express modifications made by this
Amendment, all terms, provisions, covenants, representations, warranties,
agreements, and conditions contained in the Employment Agreement shall remain in
full force and effect.


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         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this Amendment to be signed
by a duly authorized officer and Employee has executed this Amendment, both as
of the day and year first written above.


By: /s/ David E. Scott                      /s/  David W. Vranicar
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    David E. Scott, President               David W. Vranicar