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                         Before the
                   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-0083
ATX Telecommunications Services,        )
Defendant.                         )


       Adopted:  May 20, 2003           Released:  May 22, 

By the Deputy Division Chief, Market Disputes Resolution 
Division, Enforcement Bureau:
     1.   On September 30, 2002, APCC Services, Inc., et al. 
(``APCC'' or ``Complainants'') filed an informal complaint 
alleging that ATX Telecommunications Services (``ATX'') 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 complaint into formal complaint 
within six months of the date that the Defendant replies to 
the informal complaint, or their informal complaint will be 
deemed to be abandoned.  In this case, the Complainants were 
required to convert the informal complaint into a formal 
complaint by May 22, 2003.2
     2.   Since September 30, 2002, the parties have engaged 
in negotiations to resolve the disputes about dial around 
compensation issues.3  On May 20, 2003, the parties filed 
jointly a Request for Extension of Time to File 
Complainants' Formal Complaint in this matter.  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 May 22, 2003, to June 30, 
2003.4  The Joint 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' Joint 
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 ATX to a 
formal complaint pursuant to section 1.718 of our rules, 47 
C.F.R.  1.718, is extended to June 30, 2003.


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


1         47 C.F.R.  1.718.
2         See Letter from Allan C. Hubbard, Attorney for 
Complainants, and Kathleen Greenan-Ramsey, Attorney for ATX, 
to Jonathan Reel, Attorney, Market Disputes Resolution 
Division, Enforcement Bureau, FCC, File No. EB-02-MDIC-0083 
(April 11, 2003) (``Joint Waiver Request'').  ATX replied to 
the Complaint on November 22, 2002.  Id. n.2.
3         Id. at 2.
4         Id. at 1.
5         Id. at 2.