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                         Before the
              FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
                   Washington, D.C.  20554


In the Matter of                )
                                )
Judith Judware,                 )
                                )
     Complainant,               )
                                )
          v.                    )  File No. IC-02-I0013921
                                )
Verizon Communications, Inc.,   )
                                )
     Defendant.                    )


                            ORDER

     Adopted: January 4, 2005                Released:  
January 5, 2005

By the Deputy Division Chief, Market Disputes Resolution 
Division, Enforcement Bureau:

1.   On November 18, 2002, Judith Judware (``Judware'') 
   filed an informal complaint against Verizon 
   Communications, Inc. (``Verizon'') pursuant to section 
   208 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 
   U.S.C.  208, and sections 1.716 - 1.718 of the 
   Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R.  1.716 - 1.718.  On March 
   24, 2003, Verizon submitted its response to the informal 
   complaint.  Pursuant to section 1.718 of the Commission's 
   rules,1 the Complainant is required to convert its 
   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, Judware was 
   required to convert the informal complaint into a formal 
   complaint by September 24, 2003.  Based on several 
   subsequent extensions, which were based on joint requests 
   by the parties, this date was later extended to January 
   5, 2005.2
2.   On December 17, 2004, Judware and Verizon filed a joint 
   request seeking an additional extension of the period for 
   converting Judware's informal complaint into a formal 
   complaint pursuant to 47 C.F.R.  1.718.  Specifically, 
   the parties state that they are currently engaged in 
   settlement negotiations, and that an extension of the 
   deadline to convert the informal complaint will enable 
   them to continue those discussions.  As a result, the 
   parties request that the Commission extend the deadline 
   to March 1, 2005.  Furthermore, the parties indicate that 
   they will provide the Commission with a joint report 
   covering the status of these discussions on or before 
   January 21, 2005, and a second such report on or before 
   February 18, 2005. 

3.   We are satisfied that granting the 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, we hereby GRANT the parties' joint request 
   for a further extension of the period for converting 
   informal complaints under 47 C.F.R.  1.718, and extend 
   the deadline for Judware to convert her informal 
   complaint to a formal complaint to March 1, 2005.  
   Furthermore, the parties shall submit a joint status 
   report covering the status of their discussions on or 
   before January 21, 2005, and a second report on or before 
   February 18, 2005.  This report shall be addressed to:

          Suzanne Perrin
          Room 4-B522
          Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
          Federal Communications Commission
          445 12th Street, S.W.
          Washington, D.C. 20554
   

5.   This Order is issued  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.


                              FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS 
COMMISSION                                                  


                              Lisa B. Griffin, Deputy 
Division Chief
                              Market Disputes Resolution 
Division
                              Enforcement Bureau




_________________________

1         47 C.F.R.  1.718.
2         See Judware v. Verizon, Order, DA 04-3467, 2004 WL 
2434283 (F.C.C.) (November 1, 2004);  Judware v. Verizon, 
Order, DA 04-2837, 2004 WL 1944886 (F.C.C.) (September 1, 
2004); Judware v. Verizon, Order, DA 04-1874, 2004 WL 
1432325 (F.C.C.) (June 24, 2004); Judware v. Verizon, Order, 
DA 04-1099, 2004 WL 877367 (F.C.C.) (April 26, 2004); 
Judware v. Verizon, Order, DA 04-577, 2004 WL 369089 
(F.C.C.) (February 27, 2004); Judware v. Verizon, Order, DA 
03-4110, 2003 WL 23095472 (F.C.C.) (December 31, 2003); 
Letter from Warren Firschein, Attorney, Market Disputes 
Resolution Division, Enforcement Bureau, FCC, to Christopher 
Karns, Attorney for Judware, and Marie Breslin, Attoney for 
Verizon, File No. IC-02-I0013921 (November 21, 2003); Letter 
from Warren Firschein, Attorney, Market Disputes Resolution 
Division, Enforcement Bureau, FCC, to Christopher Karns, 
Attorney for Judware, and Marie Breslin, Attoney for 
Verizon, File No. IC-02-I0013921 (September 29, 2003).