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                           Before the
                FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
                     Washington, D.C.  20554


APCC Services, Inc.,                    )
Data Net Systems, LLC              )
Davel Communications, Inc.              )
Jaroth, Inc. dba Pacific Telemanagement )
Services, and                      )
Intera Communications Corp.,       )
                              )
Complainants,                      )
                              )
     v.                       )    File No. EB-02-MDIC-029
                              )
WorldLink, Inc.,                   )
                              )
Defendant.                         )


                              ORDER

     
       Adopted:  December 3, 2002       Released:  December 5, 
     2002

By the Deputy Division Chief, Market Disputes Resolution 
Division, Enforcement Bureau:
     1.   On March 29, 2002, APCC Services, Inc., et al. 
(``APCC'' or ``Complainants'') filed an informal complaint 
alleging that WorldLink, Inc. (``WorldLink'') 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 of the date 
that the Defendant replies to the informal complaints, or such 
informal complaints will be deemed to be abandoned.  In this 
case, the Complainants were required to convert the informal 
complaint into a formal complaint by November 17, 2002.2
     2.   Since March 29, 2002, the parties have engaged in 
negotiations to resolve the disputes about dial around 
compensation issues.3  On November 8, 2002, the parties filed 
jointly a Request for Extension of Time to File Complainants' 
Formal Complaint in this matter (``Waiver Request'').  The 
parties seek a waiver of section 1.718 of the Commission's rules, 
and, in particular, request an extension of the deadline for 
filing a formal complaint from November 17, 2002 to January 10, 
2003.4  The Waiver Request explains that the parties are 
attempting to resolve this dispute without further litigation, 
and that an extension is necessary to continue negotiations and 
work toward settling this matter.5
     3.   We are satisfied that granting the parties' 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.
     4.   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 Extension of Time to File Complainants' Formal Complaint IS 
GRANTED.
     5.   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 WorldLink to a formal complaint pursuant to 
section 1.718 of our rules, 47 C.F.R.  1.718, is extended to 
January 10, 2003.

                         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 Gregory D. Kwan, Attorney for 
Complainants, and Jeffrey Kahan, General Counsel, WorldLink, to 
Warren Firschein, Attorney, Market Disputes Resolution Division, 
Enforcement Bureau, FCC, File No. EB-02-MDIC-029 (November 8, 
2002).
3         Id. 
4         Id. at 1-2.
5         Id. at 2.