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                           Before the
                Federal Communications Commission
                     Washington, D.C. 20554


In the Matter of                        )
                              )
The Ohio Bell Telephone Company         )    File  No.  EB-00-TS-

079
Licensee of Paging Station KQD612       )    NAL/Acct.        No. 

200132100007
Dayton, Ohio                       )

                        FORFEITURE ORDER

     Adopted:  February 16, 2001             Released:   February 

21, 2001  

By the Chief, Enforcement Bureau:

     1.    In  this  Forfeiture  Order (``Order''),  we  issue  a 
monetary forfeiture  in  the  amount  of  five  thousand  dollars 
($5,000) against the Ohio Bell Telephone Company (``Ohio  Bell'') 
for willful violation of Section 301 of the Communications Act of 
1934 (``Act'')1, as amended, and Section 22.3 of the Commission's 
Rules (``Rules'').2   The noted  violation involves  Ohio  Bell's 
operation of a paging system without Commission authorization.

     2.   On November 29, 2000, we released a Notice of  Apparent 
Liability for Forfeiture (``NAL'') in the amount of five thousand 
dollars ($5,000)  to  Ohio  Bell.   Ohio Bell  has  not  filed  a 
response to  the NAL.   Based on  the information  before us,  we 
affirm the assessment of a monetary forfeiture in this matter. 

     3.   ACCORDINGLY, IT IS  ORDERED THAT,  pursuant to  Section 
503(b) of the Act,3 and  Sections 0.111, 0.311 and 1.80(f)(4)  of 
the Commission's  Rules,4  the  Ohio Bell  Telephone  Company  IS 
LIABLE FOR  A MONETARY  FORFEITURE in  the amount  of $5,000  for 
willful violation of the provisions of Section 301 of the Act and 
Section 22.3 of the Rules.

     4.   Payment of the forfeiture shall  be made in the  manner 
provided for in Section 1.80 of the Commission's Rules5 within 30 
days of the release of this Order.  If the forfeiture is not paid 
within the  period specified,  the case  may be  referred to  the 
Department of Justice for  collection pursuant to Section  504(a) 
of the Act.6  Payment may be  made by mailing a check or  similar 
instrument, payable to the order of the ``Federal  Communications 
Commission,'' to the Federal Communications Commission, P.O.  Box 
73482,  Chicago,   Illinois  60673-7482.    The  payment   should 
reference  NAL/Acct.  number  200132100007.   Requests  for  full 
payment under  an  installment plan  should  be sent  to:  Chief, 
Credit  and  Debt  Management  Center,  445  12th  Street,  S.W., 
Washington, D.C. 20554.7

     5.   IT IS FURTHER ORDERED  THAT this notice shall be  sent, 
by certified mail,  return receipt  requested, to  the Ohio  Bell 
Telephone Company at  2000 West Ameritech  Center Drive,  Hoffman 
Estate, Illinois,  60195-1025, and  its counsel,  Skadden,  Arps, 
Slate, Meagher &  Flom, Attention:   David H.  Pawlick, 1440  New 
York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC  20005. 

                         FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
                         


                         David H. Solomon
                         Chief, Enforcement Bureau
_________________________

     1  47 U.S.C.  301.

     2  47 C.F.R.  22.3.

     3 47 U.S.C.  503(b).

     4 47 C.F.R.  0.111, 0.311, 1.80(f)(4).

     5 47 C.F.R.  1.80.

     6 47 U.S.C.  504(a).

     7 See 47 C.F.R.  1.1914.