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more efficient, we herein grant significant additional authority to the New Hampshire
Commission. In some instances, we are granting the New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire.
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
available on an equitable basis.'8 The Commission was also granted the authority to delegate this
jurisdiction to state utility commissions. Thus, while we grant authority below to the New
Hampshire Commission to engage in various matters related to administration of the NANP in
New Hampshire, we require the New Hampshire Commission to abide by the same general
requirements that the Commission has imposed on the numbering administratr. Thus, the New
Hampshire Commission, 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 New Hampshire
Commission institutes with regard to numbering administration not unduly favor or disfavor any
particular telecommunications industry segment or group of telecommunications consumers; and
that the New Hampshire Commission not unduly favor one telecommunications technology over
9. The grants of authority herein are not intended to allow the New Hampshire
Commission 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 New Hampshire
Commission tools that may prolong the lives of existing area codes, the New Hampshire
Commission continues to bear the obligation of implementing area code relief when necessary,
and we expect the New Hampshire Commission 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.
10. Several commenting parties argue that the Petition should be granted 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 suggest
18 47 U.S.C. 251(eXl).
19 See 47 C.F.R. 52.9(a). See also 47 U.S.C. 251(e)(1).
20 Pennsylvania Numbering Order at 19027, 1 26.
21 See Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire comments; California Commission comments;
Connecticut Commission comments; Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate and New Hampshire Office of
Consumer Advocate comments; Texas Commission comments; Wisconsin Commission comments. See also letter
from Mike Vlacich, Special Assistant for Policy to Governor Jeanne Shaheen, to Magalie R. Salas, Secretary, FCC,
dated October 4, 1999 (attaching New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen's testimony regarding the Petition);
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