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|Released: May 2, 1997|
THE NORTH AMERICAN NUMBERING COUNCIL (NANC) ISSUES RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TELEPHONE NUMBER PORTABILITY; 60 DAY TIME PERIOD DURING WHICH STATES MAY ELECT TO OPT OUT OF REGIONAL NUMBER PORTABILITY DATABASE SYSTEM COMMENCES; COMMON CARRIER BUREAU SEEKS COMMENTS ON THE NANC'S RECOMMENDATIONS
(CC DOCKET NO. 95-116)
Comment Date: June 2, 1997
Reply Date: June 17, 1997
On June 27, 1996, the Commission adopted the First Report and Order and Further Notice
of Proposed Rulemaking (First Report & Order) in the above-referenced docket implementing the
requirement under section 251(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, that all local
exchange carriers offer number portability in accordance with requirements prescribed by the
Commission.(1) In the First Report & Order, the Commission directed the North American
Numbering Council (NANC), a federal advisory committee, to select one or more independent,
non-governmental entities that are not aligned with any particular telecommunications segment,
to serve as a local number portability administrator(s) (LNPA(s)).(2) The Commission also directed
the NANC to make recommendations regarding, inter alia, the duties of LNPA(s), the location
of regional databases, and technical specifications for the regional databases.(3)
The NANC forwarded its recommendations to the Commission on May 1, 1997 in a report
from its Local Number Portability Administration Selection Working Group, dated April 25,
1997. Specifically, the NANC issued recommendations in the following areas: (1) what party or
parties should be selected as LNPA(s); (2) whether one or multiple LNPA(s) should be selected;
(3) how the LNPA(s) should be selected; (4) specific duties of the LNPA(s); (5) geographic
coverage of the regional databases; (6) technical standards, including interoperability standards,
network interface standards, and technical specifications, for the regional databases; (7) the
sharing of numbering information between the North American Numbering Plan Administrator
and the LNPA(s); and (8) the future role of the NANC with respect to local number portability
issues. The Commission will act on these recommendations in a future order. Copies of the
NANC's Local Number Portability Administration Selection Working Group report are available
for public inspection and copying during normal business hours, in the Commission's Public
Reference Center, Room 239, 1919 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20554. Copies can also
be obtained from International Transcription Service, Inc. (ITS), the Commission's contractor for
public service records duplication, at 2100 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, or by
calling (202) 875-3800. In addition, the NANC's Local Number Portability Administration
Selection Working Group report is available for review via the Commission's website at
The First Report & Order directed the Chief, Common Carrier Bureau, to issue a Public
Notice that specifically identifies the administrator(s) selected by the NANC and the proposed
locations of the regional databases.(4) Pursuant to this directive, we hereby announce that the
NANC has made the following recommended LNPA selections, in the following regions:
The NANC also recommends that the U.S. territories choose from one of the seven regions.
A state has 60 days from the release date of this Public Notice to notify the Common Carrier
Bureau and the NANC that it does not wish to participate in the regional database system for
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2 § 9, and consistent with
its charter, the NANC's authority is limited to providing advice and recommendations to the
Commission. Moreover, all procedural requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act, 5
U.S.C. § 551 et. seq., and other applicable statutes continue to apply. Interested parties should
file an original and four copies of their comments on the NANC's number portability
recommendations by June 2, 1997 and reply comments by June 17, 1997 with the Office of the
Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, 1919 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
20554. Comments and reply comments should reference CC Docket No. 96-115. In addition,
parties should send one copy to Janice Myles, Common Carrier Bureau, FCC, Room 544, 1919
M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20554, and one copy to ITS, at 2100 M Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20037. Comments and reply comments will be available for public inspection
and copying during regular business hours in the Commission's Public Reference Center, Room
239, 1919 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20554. Copies of comments and reply comments
will also be available from ITS, at 2100 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, or by calling
We will continue to treat this proceeding as a non-restricted rulemaking for purposes of
the Commission's ex parte rules. See generally 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200(a), 1.1206. For further
information contact Steven Teplitz or Kyle Dixon, Policy and Program Planning Division,
Common Carrier Bureau, at (202) 418-1580.
By the Chief, Common Carrier Bureau
News Media contact: Rochelle Cohen (202) 418-1500.
1. Telephone Number Portability, First Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 11 FCC Rcd 8352 (1996) (First Report & Order).
2. Id. at 8401, ¶ 93.
3. Id. at 8402-03, ¶¶ 95, 99.
4. Id. at 8402-03, ¶ 96.