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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

March 17, 2000

Press Statement of
Commissioner Gloria Tristani

Re: Numbering Resource Optimization. CC Docket No. 99-200.

National standards for numbering relief are a giant step towards ensuring that carriers use the nation's limited numbering resources efficiently and for the benefit of consumers. Uniform reporting requirements, mandatory thousands-block number pooling, and numbering reclamation requirements will encourage better management of numbering resources.

The measures we adopt today are critical to ensuring that carriers continue to obtain the numbering resources they need, even as the entry of new competitors and the explosive growth in consumer demand for telephone lines drain the supply. These requirements should also help consumers avoid the frustration and expense they suffer each time area code relief is implemented where it could have been avoided or delayed were numbers used more efficiently.

As we continue to monitor and promote efficient use of numbering resources, I look forward to a continuing and productive partnership with the States.