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the instant Petition. The instant Petition raises no new issues, and therefore, pursuant to the
authority delegated to the Common Carrier Bureau (Bureau) in the Pennsylvania Numbering
Order, we address the Petition herein.
6. In its Petition, the Texas Commission requests that it be granted the authority to:
(1) implement thousands-block number pooling; (2) implement unassigned number porting; (3)
reclaim unused NXX codes and thousand-number blocks within those codes; (4) require all
codeholders to provide the Texas Commission with information regarding numbering utilization
and forecast data; and (5) order that carriers assign numbers sequentially.13 The Texas
Commission states that it requests this additional authority to help protect the public interest
against unwarranted area code relief.'4 The Texas Commission also states that it is particularly
sensitive to the pressing need for number conservation given the recent explosive demand for
numbering resources in many of Texas's large metropolitan areas.t5 On July 14, 1999, the
Petition was placed on Public Notice for public comment.16
7. We recognize that the area code situation in Texas is critical, with eleven new
area codes added since 1990, and with two cities, Dallas and Houston, requiring area code relief
only two years after implementation of new area codes.17 To empower the Texas Commission to
take steps to make number utilization more efficient, we herein grant significant additional
authority to the Texas Commission. In some instances, we are granting the Texas Commission
authority that goes beyond the parameters outlined in the Pennsylvania Numbering Order,
because we find such grant to be appropriate in light of the specific circumstances in Texas.
8. Congress granted the Commission exclusive jurisdiction over those portions of
the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) that relate to the United States, and directed that
the Commission administer the NANP in a manner which assures that numbering resources are
Measures, Order, CC Docket No. 96-98, FCC 99-249, NSD File No. L-99-33 (rel. Sept. 15, 1999); Massachusetts
Department of Telecommunications and Energy's Petition for Waiver of Section 52.19 to Implement Various Area
Code Conservation Methods in the 508, 617, 781, and 978 Area Codes, Order, CC Docket No. 96-98, FCC 99-246,
NSD File No. L-99-19 (rel. Sept. 15, 1999); New York State Department of Public Service Petition for Additional
Delegated Authority to Implement Number Conservation Measures, Order, CC Docket No. 96-98, FCC 99-247,
NSD File No. L-99-21 (rel. Sept. 15, 1999); Maine Public Utilities Commission Petition for Additional Delegated
Authority to Implement Number Conservation Measures, Order, CC Docket No. 96-98, FCC 99-260 (rel. Sept. 28,
1999) (Maine Delegation Order).
13 Petition at 10.
14 Petition at 1.
15 Petition at l.
16 Common Carrier Bureau Seeks Comment on the Texas Public Utility Commission Petition for Delegation of
Additional Authority to Implement Number Conservation Measures, Public Notice, DA 99-1380 (rel. July 14,
17 Petition at 2-3.
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