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additional authority to the Department. In some instances, we are granting the Department
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
9. 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
available on an equitable basis.18 The Commission was also granted the authority to delegate this
jurisdiction to state utility commissions. Thus, while we grant authority below to the Department
to engage in various matters related to administration of the NANP in Connecticut, we require
the Department to abide by the same general requirements that the Commission has imposed on
the numbering administrator. Thus, the Department, to the extent it acts under the authority
delegated herein, must ensure that numbers are made available on an equitable basis; that
numbering resources are made available on an efficient and timely basis; that whatever policies
the Department institutes with regard to numbering administration not unduly favor or disfavor
any particular telecommunications industry segment or group of telecommunications consumers;
and that the Department not unduly favor one telecommunications technology over another.'9
10. The grants of authority herein are not intended to allow the Department to engage
in number conservation measures to the exclusion of, or as a substitute for, unavoidable and
timely area code relief.2 While we are giving the Department tools that may prolong the lives of
existing area codes, the Department continues to bear the obligation of implementing area code
relief when necessary, and we expect the Department to fulfill this obligation in a timely manner.
Under no circumstances should consumers be precluded from receiving telecommunications
services of their choice from providers of their choice for a want of numbering resources. For
consumers to benefit from the competition envisioned by the Telecommunications Act of 1996,
it is imperative that competitors in the telecommunications marketplace face as few barriers to
entry as possible.
11. Several commenting parties urged the Commission to grant the Department's
Petition in its entirety on the basis that state utility commissions require greater authority to
implement number conservation measures in order to rectify the causes of area code exhaust.2'
Other parties suggested that we deny the Petition on the basis that number conservation measures
8 47 U.S.C. 251(e)(1).
'9 See 47 C.F.R. 52.9(a). See also 47 U.S.C. 251(e)(l).
20 Pennsylvania Numbering Order at 19027, 26.
21 See Massachusetts Commission comments; Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate comments; Texas
Commision comments. See also Letter from Lawrence G. Malone, New York Department of Public Service, to
Magalie R. Salas, Secretary, FCC, dated Sept. 3, 1999.
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