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STATEMENT OF FCC CHAIRMAN WILLIAM E. KENNARD
May 27, 1999
TELEPHONE NUMBERING EXHAUST NOTICE
This Notice responds to real and nagging problems that a lot of Americans
understand. Every time telephone users must change area codes due to number exhaust,
they pay a price in terms of time, money and frustration. Consumers have to go through
the trouble of alerting friends and relatives to the changes, and businesses have to spend
money notifying their customers. These costs are real. Through further evaluation of the
measures proposed in this Notice, we should be able to significantly reduce or eliminate
these problems. If we take responsible actions now, we can avoid confronting a
catastrophe in the future.
This Notice is also important for another reason. We can take all the aggressive actions in the
world to promote competition, but they will all be for naught if there is an inadequate supply of numbers,
or if numbers are distributed and used in an inefficient manner. I will be following the record in this
proceeding closely with the aim of forging a lasting solution to this very difficult problem.