FCC Record, Volume 11, No. 15, Pages 7970 to 8559, July 8 - July 19, 1996 Page: 8,401
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preventing any one carrier from interfering with interconnection to the database(s) or the
processing of routing and customer information. Neutral third party administration would
thus ensure consistency of the data and interoperability of number portability facilities,
thereby minimizing any anti-competitive impacts.28
93. We hereby direct the NANC to select as a local number portability
administrator(s) (LNPA(s)) one or more independent, non-governmental entities that are
not aligned with any particular telecommunications industry segment within seven months
of the initial meeting of the NANC.284 Selection of the LNPA(s) falls within the duties
we established for the NANC in the Numbering Plan Order and the NANC Charter.285
The NANC charter describes the scope the NANC's activities:
The purpose of the [NANC] is to advise the [Commission] and to make
recommendations, reached through consensus, that foster efficient and
impartial number administration. The [NANC] will develop policy on
numbering issues, initially resolve disputes, and select and provide
guidance to the North American Numbering Plan Administrator.26
The fundamental purpose of the NANC is to act as an oversight committee with the
technical and operational expertise to advise the Commission on numbering issues.287
The Commission has already directed the NANC to select a NANPA. We believe the
designation of a centralized entity to select and oversee the LNPA(s) is preferable to
ensure consistency and to provide a national perspective on number portability issues, as
well as to reduce the costs of implementing a national number portability plan.
94. We believe that the NANC is especially well-situated to handle matters
relating to local number portability administration because of its similarity to the
administration of central office codes. Both functions rely heavily on the use of
databases, and both involve administration of NANP resources, only at different levels.
Administration of number portability data is essentially the administration of telephone
numbers (as opposed to NXX codes) between different carriers.
Numbering Plan Order, 11 FCC Red at 2595-96.
284 Only the United States participants in the NANC shall be involved in the selection of the LNPA(s).
285 Numbering Plan Order, 11 FCC Red at 2609.
286 Charter of the North American Numbering Council, approved Oct. 5, 1995, on file with Network
Services Division, Common Carrier Bureau, FCC. See also FCC Requests Nominations for Membership on the
North American Numbering Council Advisory Committee, 10 FCC Rcd 9991 (1995).
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