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that it is appropriate to delegate to state commissions the additional authority to implement and
enforce those standards.67
30. Parties to the instant proceeding raise issues similar to those that the Commission
addressed in its prior orders. Because no new issues peculiar to Ohio have been raised, based on
Commission precedent we, therefore, grant authority to the Ohio Commission to conduct
mandatory thousands-block number pooling trials in Ohio, subject to the same conditions the
Commission has previously imposed.
31. We direct the Ohio Commission to conduct its pooling trial in accordance with
industry-adopted thousands-block pooling guidelines. 68 Where the Ohio Commission
determines that changes, modifications, or departures from the guidelines are desirable, we direct
the Ohio Commission to consult with the industry prior to implementing such changes.
Although we will not dictate the manner in which the Ohio Commission should consult with
industry, it should, at a minimum, seek input from the industry regarding the implications of any
proposed changes to the guidelines so that it may be able to weigh the industry's concerns in its
32. We grant this authority subject to the conditions and safeguards similar to those
enumerated in the Pennsylvania Numbering Order that granted such authority to Illinois.69 Thus,
we require that in any NPA which is in jeopardy in which the Ohio Commission implements a
pooling trial, the Ohio Commission must take all necessary steps to prepare an NPA relief plan
that may be adopted by the Ohio Commission in the event that numbering resources in the NPA
at issue are in imminent danger of being exhausted.'7 This criterion is not intended to require the
Ohio Commission to implement an NPA relief plan prior to requiring thousands-block number
pooling in Ohio. Rather, we require only that the Ohio Commission must be prepared to
implement a "back-up" NPA relief plan prior to the exhaustion of numbering resources in the
NPA at issue.71 Consumers should never be in the position of being unable to exercise their
67 Id at 19028, 28.
68 Thousand Block (NXX-X) Pooling Administration Guidelines, Draft (INC 99-0127-023) (rev. Jan. 27, 1999)
(Thousand Block Pooling Guidelines). This document is available at
69 Pennsylvania Numbering Order at 19029-30,1 30.
70 In Illinois, the Illinois Commission recognized a "back-up plan" was necessary because the pooling solution
had not been completely developed or tested. Thus, it ordered that an all-services overlay would supersede the
pooling trial in the event that the NXXs in the 847 NPA were depleted. Id
7' See Petition by Citizens Utility Board to Implement a form of telephone number conservation known as
number pooling within the 312, 773, 847, 630, and 708 area codes and Petition by Illinois Bell Telephone
Company for Approval of an NPA Relief Plan for the 847 NPA, Docket Nos. 97-0192 and 97-0211 (Consol.),
Order (May 11, 1998) (establishing an area code overlay as a back-up plan concurrently with ordering
thousands-block pooling in the 847 NPA). Although the Illinois Commission had an NPA relief plan in place in
the 847 NPA to relieve what it had forecast to be imminent exhaust, through number conservation measures,
including thousands-block pooling, it has forestalled the need for area code relief. See Petition of the Illinois
Commerce Commission for Expedited Temporary Waiver of 47 C.F.R. 52.19(c)(3)(ii) at 2-3 (filed August 11,
Federal Commmunications C lll son.
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