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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:  December 2, 2003       Released:  December 
     4, 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 
complaint into a formal complaint within six months of the 
date that the Defendant replies to the informal complaint, 
or such informal complaint will be deemed to be abandoned.  
In this case, the Complainants are required to convert their 
informal complaint into a formal complaint by December 5, 
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 
November 26, 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 
December 5, 2003 to January 16, 2004.5  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  The parties have agreed to 
arrange for and participate in a conference call to update 
staff on the status of the settlement agreement.7
     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 
Communications, Inc., to a formal complaint pursuant to 
section 1.718 of our rules, 47 C.F.R.  1.718, is extended 
to January 16, 2004.

                         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-MDIC-0065 
(November 26, 2003) (``Joint Waiver Request'').  Verizon 
replied to the Complaint on September 26, 2002, and Bureau 
staff have granted the parties' previous joint requests for 
extensions of time, most recently to December 5, 2003. Id. 
n.2. 
3          Id. at 2.
4         Id. at 1.
5         Id. 
6         Id. at 2.
7         Id.