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



In the Matter of                  )
                                 )
APCC Services, Inc. al.           )
                                 )   File No. EB-02-MDIC-0018
v.                                )
                                  )
Dancris                           )


                            ORDER

       Adopted:  October 2, 2002        Released:    October 
     3, 2002

By the Deputy Division Chief, Market Disputes Resolution 
Division, Enforcement Bureau:

     1.   On March 29, 2002, Complainants filed an informal 
complaint alleging that Dancris is responsible for paying 
dial around compensation for certain types of completed 
calls carried by its network that originated from APCC's 
payphones.  Pursuant to section 1.718 of the Commission's 
rules,1 the Complainants are required to convert their 
informal complaints into formal complaints within six months 
from the date of the Defendant carrier's report (in this 
case, April 3, 2002) to ensure that the formal complaint 
relates back to the appropriate time period of the informal 
complaint.  

     2.   Since March 29, 2002, the parties have engaged in 
negotiations to resolve the disputes about dial around 
compensation issues.  On September 30, 2002, Complainants 
filed a Request for Waiver of Commission Rule 1.718(a) 
(``Waiver Request'').  Complainants sought a waiver of that 
rule in order to extend the deadline for filing a formal 
complaint from October 3, 2002 to November 8, 2002. The 
Defendant does not oppose this Waiver Request.2

     3.   The Waiver Request explains that the parties are 
in the midst of settlement negotiations, including the 
exchange of data.  Some of the data relevant to liability is 
not currently accessible to the Defendant although it has 
been viewed by the Complainants under a protective order in 
separate court litigation involving different parties.  
Complainants indicate they are taking steps to allow the 
Defendant access to that data in order to clarify these 
questions of liability.  Complainants state that the 
exchange of data will facilitate settlement without a need 
for the filing of a complaint.  Nonetheless, further time is 
needed to allow for the exchange of that data and its 
review. 

     4.   Accordingly, Complainants' request a waiver of 
section 1.718 of the Commission's rules and an additional 
extension of time until November 8, 2002, to convert their 
informal complaint against Defendant into a formal 
complaint, if necessary.  We are satisfied that granting the 
Complainant's Waiver Request will serve the public interest 
by promoting the private resolution of disputes and by 
postponing the need for further litigation and expenditure 
of further time and resources of the parties and of this 
Commission until such time as may actually be necessary.

     5.   Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to sections 
4(i), 4(j), and 208 of the Communications Act of 1934, as 
amended, 47 U.S.C.  154(i), 154(j), and 208, and sections 
1.3 and 1.718 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R.  1.3, 
1.718, and the authority delegated in sections 0.111 and 
0.311 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R.  0.111, 0.311, 
that the Request for Waiver of Commission Rule 1.718(a) IS 
GRANTED.

     6.   IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, unless otherwise 
extended by order, the deadlines that would otherwise apply 
under section 1.718 of our rules, 47 C.F.R.  1.718, are 
hereby waived, and the date that APCC Services, Inc., et al. 
must convert their informal complaint against Dancris to a 
formal complaint pursuant to section 1.718 of our rules, 47 
C.F.R.  1.718, is extended to November 8, 2002.



                         FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION




                         Radhika V. Karmarkar
                         Deputy   Chief,   Market   Disputes 
                    Resolution Division
                         Enforcement Bureau

_________________________

1  47 C.F.R.  1.718.

2  See Letter  from Jack Kelley, Dancris,  to Alan Hubbard, 
Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP (October 1, 2002).