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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-0065
                              )
Verizon Communications, Inc.       )
                              )
Defendant.                         )

                            ORDER
     
       Adopted:  April 22, 2003         Released:  April 24, 
     2003

By the Deputy Division Chief, Market Disputes Resolution 
Division, Enforcement Bureau:
     1.   On June 28, 2002, APCC Services, Inc., et al. 
(``APCC'' or ``Complainants'') filed an informal complaint 
(``Complaint'') alleging that Verizon Communications, Inc., 
(``Verizon'') 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 April 25, 
2003.2
     2.   Since the filing of the Complaint on June 28, 
2002, the parties have engaged in negotiations to resolve 
the disputes about dial around compensation issues.3  On 
April 21, 2003, the parties filed jointly a Request for 
Extension of Time to File Complainants' Formal Complaint in 
this matter.4  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 
April 25, 2003, to May 26, 2003.5  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.6
     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 Verizon 
Communications, Inc., to a formal complaint pursuant to 
section 1.718 of our rules, 47 C.F.R.  1.718, is extended 
to May 26, 2003.

                         FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION



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

1         47 C.F.R.  1.718.
2         Letter from Allan C. Hubbard, Attorney for 
Complainants, and Cecelia Roudiez, Attorney for Verizon, to 
Jonathan Reel, Attorney, Market Disputes Resolution 
Division, Enforcement Bureau, FCC, File No. EB-02-MD-0065 
(Apr. 21, 2003) (Waiver Request).
3          Id. at 2.
4         Id.
5         Id. at 1. 
6         Id. at 2.