FCC Record, Volume 11, No. 15, Pages 7970 to 8559, July 8 - July 19, 1996 Page: 8,355
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service providers is only meaningful if a customer can retain his or her local telephone
3. In this Order, we promulgate rules and regulations implementing this
congressional directive. Although we decline to choose a particular technology for
providing number portability, we establish in this First Report and Order performance
criteria that any long-term number portability method selected by a LEC must meet.
Pursuant to the statutory requirement in section 251 to provide number portability, we
require all LECs to begin to implement a long-term service provider portability solution
that meets our performance criteria in the 100 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas
(MSAs) no later than October 1, 1997, and to complete deployment in those MSAs by
December 31, 1998, in accordance with a phased schedule set forth below. Number
portability must be provided in these areas by all LECs to all telecommunications
carriers, including commercial mobile radio services (CMRS) providers.
4. The statute explicitly excludes CMRS providers from the definition of local
exchange carriers, and therefore from the section 251(b) obligations to provide number
portability, unless the Commission concludes that they should be included in the
definition of local exchange carrier.9 Our recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on
interconnection issues raised by the 1996 Act sought comment generally on whether, and
to what extent, CMRS providers should be classified as LECs.10 Because we conclude
that we have independent authority under sections 1, 2, 4(i), and 332 of the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended,11 to require cellular providers, broadband
personal communications services (PCS), and covered Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR)
providers12 to provide long-term service provider portability, we need not decide here
whether CMRS providers must provide number portability as local exchange carriers
under section 251(b). We require all cellular, broadband PCS, and covered SMR
providers to have the capability of delivering calls from their networks to ported numbers
anywhere in the country by December 31, 1998, and to offer service provider portability,
including the ability to support roaming, throughout their networks by June 30, 1999.
5. We conclude that a system of regional databases that are managed by an
independent administrator will serve the public interest. We direct the North American
8 House of Rep. Comm. on Commerce Report on H.R. 1555 at 72 (July 24, 1995) (House Report).
9 S 47 U.S.C. 153(26).
0 Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking, CC Docket No. 96-98, FCC 96-182, 1 195 (rel. Apr. 19, 1996) (Interconnection
47 U.S.C. 151, 152, 154, 332.
12 For an explanation of "covered SMR providers," see infra note 449.
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