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                           Before the
                Federal Communications Commission
                     Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of                 )
                                )
World Communications             )
Satellite Systems, Inc.          )    File No. EB-03-TC-177
                                )
                                )    NAL/Acct. No. 200332170009
                                )    FRN: 0009553652
                                )
                                )

                        FORFEITURE ORDER

   Adopted:  April 14, 2004             Released:  April 16, 2004

By the Commission:

     1.   In  this  Forfeiture  Order  (``Order''),  we  issue  a 
monetary forfeiture  in  the  amount of  $560,000  against  World 
Communications Satellite Systems,  Inc. (``WCSS'') for  violating 
section 258 of the  Communications Act of  1934, as amended  (the 
``Act''),1 as well as Commission rules and orders, by  submitting 
changes of the preferred carriers of 10 consumers on 13 occasions 
without their authorization and verification, a practice commonly 
known as ``slamming.''2

     2.   The facts and circumstances  surrounding this case  are 
set forth in the Notice  of Apparent Liability previously  issued 
and need not be reiterated  at length.3  After receiving a  large 
number of  consumer  complaints  against  WCSS,  the  Enforcement 
Bureau, along  with  the  Public  Utility  Commission  of  Texas, 
launched an  investigation  into the  consumers'  allegations  of 
slamming.  As  a result  of  this investigation,  the  Commission 
issued a  Notice  of  Apparent Liability  on  January  15,  2004, 
finding  WCSS apparently liable for 13 slamming violations.

     3.   Pursuant to  section  1.80(f)(3)  of  the  Commission's 
rules,4 the Commission ordered WCSS to pay the full amount of the 
proposed forfeiture or file a  response showing why the  proposed 
forfeiture should not be imposed or should be reduced 5 within 30 
days of the NAL's release, i.e., on February 17, 2004.6  WCSS did 
not file a  response to  the NAL nor  did it  pay the  forfeiture 
amount.7  We therefore affirm the  tentative findings of the  NAL 
and conclude that, pursuant to  section 1.80(f)(4) of the  rules, 
WCSS is  liable  for  a  monetary forfeiture  in  the  amount  of 
$560,000.8

ORDERING CLAUSES

     4.   ACCORDINGLY, IT IS  ORDERED THAT,  pursuant to  section 
503(b) of the Act, 47 U.S.C.  503(b), and section 1.80(f)(4)  of 
the  Commission's   rules,   47  C.F.R.      1.80(f)(4),   World 
Communications Satellite  Systems,  Inc.  SHALL  FORFEIT  to  the 
United States  Government  the sum  of  $560,000 for  willful  or 
repeated violations of section 258 of  the Act, 47 U.S.C.   258, 
and the Commission's rules governing preferred carrier changes.9

     5.   Payment of the forfeiture shall  be made in the  manner 
provided for in section 1.80 of the Commission's rules within  30 
days of the release  of this Order.10  If  the forfeiture is  not 
paid within the period specified, the case may be referred to the 
Department of Justice for  collection pursuant to section  504(a) 
of the Act.11  Payment may be made by mailing a check or  similar 
instrument, payable to the order of the ``Federal  Communications 
Commission,'' to the Federal Communications Commission, P.O.  Box 
73482, Chicago,  Illinois 60673-7482.   The payment  should  note 
NAL/Acct. No. 200332170009.  Requests for full payment under  the 
installment  plan  should   be  sent  to:   Chief,  Revenue   and 
Receivables  Group,  445  12th  Street,  S.W.,  Washington,  D.C.  
20554.12

     6.   IT IS  FURTHER ORDERED  that a  copy of  this Order  of 
Forfeiture SHALL  BE  SENT  by  Certified  Mail,  Return  Receipt 
Requested to: Caterina Bergeron, President, World  Communications 
Satellite Systems, 4301 Brittany Trail Dr., Champaign, IL  61822;  
Caterina  Bergeron,  President,  World  Communications  Satellite 
Systems, 3730  Kirby Rd.,  Suite 1200,  Houston, TX   77098;  and 
Caterina  Bergeron,  President,  World  Communications  Satellite 
Systems, 251 East Ohio St., Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN  46204.

                    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

                    Marlene H. Dortch                                              
Secretary                               

_________________________

1 47 U.S.C.  258.
2 ``Slamming'' is the submission or execution of an  unauthorized 
change  in   a   subscriber's   selection  of   a   provider   of 
telecommunications service.  See generally 47 C.F.R.   64.1100-
64.1195.
3  World  Communications  Satellite  Systems,  Inc.,  Notice   of 
Apparent Liability for Forfeiture, FCC 04-9, 2004 WL 63450  (rel. 
Jan. 15, 2004) (``NAL'').
4 47 C.F.R.  1.80(f)(3).
5 NAL at  17.
6 NAL at  17.  We note that the 30 day deadline fell on February 
14, 2004,  a  Saturday.  Therefore,  pursuant  to 1.4(j)  of  the 
Commission's  rules,  the  deadline  was  extended  to  the  next 
business day, February 17, 2004.  47 C.F.R.  1.4(j).
7 On February 12, 2004, the Commission received a letter from The 
Helein Law Group, counsel for WCSS,  stating that WCSS is out  of 
business and would not respond  to the NAL.  Letter from  Charles 
H. Helein, counsel for WCSS, to Marlene H. Dortch, FCC  (February 
12, 2004).   The letter  did not provide  any evidence that  WCSS 
has sought  bankruptcy  protection or  has  discontinued  service 
pursuant  to  section  214  of  the  Act  and  the   Commission's 
discontinuance rules.   47  U.S.C.   214(a);   and 47  C.F.R.   
63.71.
8 47 C.F.R.  1.80(f)(4).
9 See  47  C.F.R.   64.1120;  see also  Implementation  of  the 
Subscriber  Carrier   Selection   Changes   Provisions   of   the 
Telecommunications Act  of 1996;  Policies and  Rules  Concerning 
Unauthorized Changes of Consumers Long Distance Carriers,  Second 
Report and Order,  14 FCC  Rcd 1508  (1998) stayed  in part,  MCI 
Company v. FCC, No. 99-1125 (D.C.Cir. May 18, 1999); First  Order 
on Reconsideration,  15 FCC  Rcd 8158  (2000); stay  lifted,  MCI 
Company  v.  FCC,  No.  99-1125   (D.C.  Cir.  June  27,   2000); 
Implementation  of  the  Subscriber  Carrier  Selection   Changes 
Provisions of the  Telecommunications Act of  1996; Policies  and 
Rules Concerning Unauthorized Changes of Consumers Long  Distance 
Carriers, Further Notice  of Proposed  Rulemaking and  Memorandum 
Opinion and Order on Reconsideration, 12 FCC Rcd 10,674 (1997).
10 47 C.F.R.  1.80.
11 47 U.S.C.  504(a).
12 See 47 C.F.R.  1.1914.