USTelecom Attends NANC Meeting

12.14.2012

On Thursday, Dec 13, I attended the quarterly meeting of the North American Numbering Council (NANC) at the FCC. The meeting included industry announcements and an update on the FCC's focus on the IP Transition.  Based on these reports, the Industry Numbering Committee and the Future of Numbering working group have taken on the tasks of solving various issues surrounding the planning, administration, allocation and use of numbering resources during the IP transition.
 
This summer, the NANC sent the FCC the industry approved RFP for the next Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA). However, the FCC has yet to respond. The FCC has also not acted upon awarding a contract to the next Billing & Collection agent that is responsible for collecting the industry's funds necessary to administer the North American Numbering Plan, Number Pooling, and pANI administration. These delays will have an adverse effect on every carrier's budgetary planning for 2013. Until these various contracts are awarded and the financial details are determined, every carrier in the U.S. that uses numbering resources will not know what their financial contributions will be for 2013.
 
In other news, the currently activated toll-free resources are expected to be 90% exhausted in 1Q 2014. The recommendation of opening the "844" toll-free NPA was discussed. The North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) has taken an action to further review these exhaust projections and draft an implementation schedule, along with a follow-up planning letter to address this issue.
 
The next NANC meeting will be held on February 21, 2013 at the FCC.
 

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