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



MCI WORLDCOM  Network  Services, )
Inc.,                            )
                                )
               Complainant,      )
                                )    File No. EB-02-MDIC-0037
v.                               )
                                )
Allegiance Telecom, Inc.,        )
                                )
               Defendant.


                              ORDER

       Adopted:  April 3, 2003          Released:  April 4, 2003

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

On May 31, 2002, pursuant to section 1.716 of the Commission 
rules,1 MCI WORLDCOM Network Services, Inc. (``WorldCom'') filed 
an informal complaint against defendant Allegiance Telecom, Inc. 
(``Allegiance'') in the above-captioned matter.2  On July 15, 
2002, Allegiance filed a report pursuant to section 1.717 of the 
Commission's rules3 denying the allegations in WorldCom's 
Informal Complaint.4  Pursuant to section 1.718 of the 
Commission's rules,5 WorldCom must convert its Informal Complaint 
into a formal complaint within six months of the date of 
Allegiance's report to ensure that the formal complaint relates 
back to the May 31, 2002 filing date of the Informal Complaint 
for statute of limitations purposes.  The Commission previously 
granted WorldCom's consent motions for additional time to convert 
its informal complaint, allowing WorldCom until April 4, 2003 to 
file a formal complaint.6

Since the filing of the Informal Complaint, with some assistance 
from Commission staff, WorldCom and Allegiance have engaged in 
negotiations to resolve the disputed issues raised in WorldCom's 
Informal Complaint.7  The parties continue to ``believe that a 
settlement is likely in this case and continue to work diligently 
toward that goal.''8  The parties further believe that an 
additional extension of time would be beneficial to their 
settlement discussions.9  Accordingly, WorldCom requests another 
waiver of section 1.718 of the Commission's rules and extension 
of time until April 18, 2003 to convert its Informal Complaint 
against Allegiance into a formal complaint, if necessary.10  
Allegiance has consented to WorldCom's request.11

We are satisfied that granting WorldCom's consent motion 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.

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 Consent Motion of MCI 
WORLDCOM Network Services, Inc. Requesting Waiver of Section 
1.718 of the Commission's Rules and Further Extension of Time In 
Which to Convert Its Informal Complaint to a Formal Complaint and 
Toll the Limitations Period IS GRANTED.

IT IS FURTHER 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, 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 on 
which MCI WORLDCOM Network Services, Inc. must convert its 
Informal Complaint against Allegiance Telecom, Inc. into a formal 
complaint pursuant to section 1.718 of our rules, 47 C.F.R.  
1.718, is extended to April 18, 2003.

                         FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION




                         Alexander P. Starr
                         Chief,   Market   Disputes    Resolution 
                    Division
                         Enforcement Bureau
_________________________

1   47 C.F.R.  1.716.

2   Letter  from Kecia  Boney-Lewis,  Counsel for  MCI  WorldCom 
Network Services,  Inc., to  Alexander P.  Starr, Chief,  Market 
Disputes Resolution  Division,  Enforcement Bureau,  FCC  (filed 
June 3, 2002) (``Informal Complaint'').

3   47 C.F.R.  1.717.

4   Letter from Mary C. Albert, Counsel for Allegiance  Telecom, 
Inc., to Alexander P.  Starr, Chief, Market Disputes  Resolution 
Division, Enforcement  Bureau,  FCC,  File  No.  EB-02-MDIC-0037 
(filed July 15, 2002).

5   47 C.F.R.  1.718.

6  MCI WorldCom  Network Services, Inc.  v. Allegiance  Telecom, 
Inc., Order, File No.  EB-02-MDIC-0037, DA 03-836 (EB-MDRD  rel. 
Mar.  21,  2003);  MCI   WorldCom  Network  Services,  Inc.   v. 
Allegiance Telecom, Inc.,  Order, File  No. EB-02-MDIC-0037,  DA 
03-787 (EB-MDRD  rel.  Mar.  17,  2003);  MCI  WorldCom  Network 
Services, Inc. v. Allegiance Telecom, Inc., Order, File No.  EB-
02-MDIC-0037, DA  03-478  (EB-MDRD  rel.  Feb.  24,  2003);  MCI 
WorldCom Network  Services, Inc.  v. Allegiance  Telecom,  Inc., 
Order, File No. EB-02-MDIC-0037, DA 03-371 (EB-MDRD rel. Feb. 7, 
2003);  MCI  WorldCom  Network  Services,  Inc.  v.   Allegiance 
Telecom, Inc., Order, File  No. EB-02-MDIC-0037, DA 03-207  (EB-
MDRD rel. Jan. 9, 2003).

7     Consent  Motion of  MCI  WORLDCOM Network  Services,  Inc. 
Requesting Waiver of Section 1.718 of the Commission's Rules and 
Further Extension  of  Time In  Which  to Convert  Its  Informal 
Complaint to a Formal Complaint and Toll the Limitations Period, 
File No. EB-02-MDIC-0037 (filed Apr. 2, 2003) at 2.

8     Id. 

9     Id. 

10   Id.

11   Id.