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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-03-MDIC-0022
                              )
Telstar International, Inc.,            )
                              )
Defendant.                         )



                             ORDER

     
       Adopted:  March 11, 2004         Released:  March 12, 
     2004

By the Deputy Chief, Market Disputes Resolution Division, 
Enforcement Bureau:
     1.   On June 30, 2003, APCC Services, Inc., et al. 
(``APCC'' or ``Complainants'') filed an informal complaint 
alleging that Telstar International, Inc. (``Telstar'') is 
responsible for paying dial around compensation for certain 
types of completed calls carried by its network that originated 
from APCC's payphones.1  Telstar replied to the Complaint on 
August 16, 2003.2  Therefore, pursuant to section 1.1718 of the 
Commission's rules, the Complainants were required to convert 
their informal complaint into a formal complaint by February 
16, 2004, or their informal complaint would be deemed to have 
been abandoned.3  
     2.   Since Telstar's response, the parties have engaged in 
discussions in an attempt to resolve the complaint.4  
Consequently, on February 5, 2004, APCC sought a waiver of 
section 1.718 of the Commission's rules, and, in particular, 
requested an extension of the deadline for filing a formal 
complaint from February 16, 2004, to March 16, 2004.5  Because 
Telstar did not object to the extension, and because we 
determined that the extension would serve the public interest 
by promoting the private resolution of disputes, we granted the 
extension.6
     3.   On March 2, 2004, the parties filed a joint request 
for further extension of time from March 16, 2004, to April 16, 
2004.7  On March 8, 2004, the parties participated in a 
conference call with Commission staff to discuss possible 
mediation of the dispute by the Market Disputes Resolution 
Division.  During the call the parties agreed to exchange 
documents and to participate in further discussions with staff.  
In view of the parties' good faith and progress toward 
settlement of outstanding issues, we are satisfied that 
granting the Joint Waiver Request will serve the public 
interest, and will postpone 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 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 the Complainants 
must convert their informal complaint against Telstar to a 
formal complaintpursuant to section 1.718 of our rules, 47 C.F.R.  1.718, is 
extended to April 16, 2004, unless otherwise extended by 
further order.


                         FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION



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

_________________________

1         Letter from Allan C. Hubbard, Attorney for 
Complainants, to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal 
Communications Commission, June 30, 2003).
2         Letter from Menachem Ash, General Counsel, Telstar, 
to Sandra Gray-Fields, Staff Assistant, Market Disputes 
Resolution Division, Enforcement Bureau, FCC, File No. EB-03-
MDIC-0022 (August 16, 2003).    
3         47 C.F.R.  1.718.
4         See Letter from Allan C. Hubbard, Attorney for 
Complainants, to Jonathan Reel, Attorney, Market Disputes 
Resolution Division, Enforcement Bureau, FCC, File No. EB-03-
MDIC-0022 (February 5, 2004).
     5    Id. at 1.
6         Letter from Menachem Ash, Attorney for Defendants, to 
Jonathan Reel, Attorney, Market Disputes Resolution Division, 
Enforcement Bureau, FCC, File No. EB-03-MDIC-0022 (February 9, 
2004); APCC et al. v. Telstar, Order, DA No. 04-343, File No. 
EB-03-MDIC-0022 (rel. February 11, 2004).    
7         Letter from Allan C. Hubbard, Attorney for 
Complainants, to Jonathan Reel, Attorney, Market Disputes 
Resolution Division, Enforcement Bureau, FCC, File No. EB-03-
MDIC-0022 (March 2, 2004) (``Joint Waiver Request'').