Washington, DC 20549

                                   FORM 8-K

                            CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT
                         TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
                        SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

      Date of report (Date of earliest event reported) December 21, 2004

                            MCLEODUSA INCORPORATED
            (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

                (State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)

               0-20763                                 42-1407240
       (Commission File Number)              (IRS Employer Identification No.)

            McLeodUSA Technology Park
            4200 C. Street SW, P.O. Box 3177
            Cedar Rapids, IA                                       52406-3177
       (Address of Principal Executive Offices)                    (Zip Code)

                                (319) 364-0000
             (Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

         (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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Item 3.01    Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule
             or Standard; Transfer of Listing

         McLeodUSA Incorporated (the "Company") received notice on December
21, 2004, that it has been granted an additional 180 days, or until June 16,
2005, to regain compliance with Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 4310(c)(4) (the
"Rule"). The Rule requires companies listed on the Nasdaq SmallCap Market to
maintain a bid price of at least $1.00 per share. This second compliance
period follows an initial 180 calendar day compliance period, and was granted
because the Company met the Nasdaq SmallCap Market initial listing criteria as
of the date on which the initial compliance period expired. Additional
compliance periods are not available under current rules. If the Company does
not regain compliance with the Rule after expiration of this second 180
calendar day compliance period, its Class A Common Stock would be subject to
Nasdaq delisting pending an appeals process. While the Company is not taking
specific steps in response to this notice, it remains focused on executing its
strategic plan to improve financial performance through network cost
reductions, expense management, selective capital expenditure investment and
revenue growth.

         Some of the statements in this Current Report on form 8-K include
statements about the Company's future expectations. Statements that are not
historical facts are "forward-looking statements" for the purpose of the safe
harbor provided by Section 21E of the Exchange Act and Section 27A of the
Securities Act. Such statements may include projections of financial and
operational results and goals, including revenue, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA,
profitability, savings and cash. In some cases, you can identify these so
called "forward-looking statements" by the Company's use of words such as
"may," "will," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe,"
"estimate," "predict," "project," "intend" or "potential" or the negative of
those words and other comparable words. These forward-looking statements are
subject to known as well as unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause
actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations. The
Company's expectations are based on various factors and assumptions and
reflect only the Company's predictions. Factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially from the forward-looking statement include
technological, regulatory, public policy or other developments in the
Company's industry, availability and adequacy of capital resources, current
and future economic conditions, the existence of strategic alliances, the
Company's ability to generate cash, the Company's ability to implement process
and network improvements, the Company's ability to attract and retain
customers, the Company's ability to migrate traffic to appropriate platforms
and changes in the competitive climate in which the Company operates. These
and other risks are described in more detail in the Company's most recent
Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of future events, new information or


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                                   MCLEODUSA INCORPORATED

Dated: December 21, 2004                           By:  /s/ James E. Thompson
                                                   Name:  James E. Thompson
                                                   Title: Group Vice President,
                                                          General Counsel and