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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-0082
                              )
Verizon Communications, Inc.       )
                              )
Defendant.                         )


                            ORDER

     
       Adopted:  September 11, 2003     Released:  September 
     12, 2003

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 Verizon Communications, Inc. (``Verizon'' or 
``Defendant'') failed to pay 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 a 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.  As a result of various extensions 
granted by Commission staff, the Complainants are now 
required to convert the informal complaint into a formal 
complaint by September 12, 2003.2
     2.   Since the filing of the informal complaint the 
parties have engaged in negotiations to resolve the dispute 
about dial around compensation issues.3  On September 4, 
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 September 
12, 2003, to October 24, 2003.5  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.6
     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 Verizon to a 
formal complaint pursuant to section 1.718 of our rules, 47 
C.F.R.  1.718, is extended to October 24, 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 Allan C. Hubbard, Attorney for 
Complainants, and Cecelia Roudiez, Attorney for Verizon, to 
Radhika Karmarkar, Market Disputes Resolution Division, 
Enforcement Bureau, FCC, File No. EB-02-MDIC-0082 (September 
4, 2003) (``Joint Waiver Request'').  
3         Id. at 2.
     4    Id. at 1.
5         Id. 
6         Id. at 2.