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Comment Cycle For NPRM And NOI On Direct Access To Telephone Numbers

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Released: June 24, 2013


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DA 13-1430

Released: June 24, 2013



WC Docket Nos. 13-97, 04-36, 07-243 and 10-90

CC Docket Nos. 95-116, 01-92 and 99-200

Comment Date: July 19, 2013
Reply Comment Date: August 19, 2013

On April 18, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission released a Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on its proposal to allow interconnected Voice over Internet
Protocol (VoIP) providers to obtain telephone numbers directly from the North American Plan
Administrator (NANPA) and the Pooling Administrator (PA), subject to certain requirements.1 The
NPRM was accompanied by a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comment on a range of issues regarding
the Commission's long-term approach to numbering resources, specifically the evolving relationship
between numbers and geography and the Commission's related policies.
Comments and reply comments are due 30 and 60 days, respectively, after publication of the
summary of the Direct Access NPRM and NOI in the Federal Register.2 Publication of this summary in
the Federal Register occurred on June 19, 2013.3 Accordingly, comments are due on July 19, 2013, and
reply comments are due on August 19, 2013.
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. 1.415, 1.419,
interested parties may file comments on or before the date indicated on the first page of this document.
Comments may be filed using the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). See
Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings
, 63 FR 24121 (1998).

Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the

1 Numbering Policies for Modern Communications; IP-Enabled Services; Telephone Number Requirements for IP-
Enabled Services Providers; Telephone Number Portability; Developing a Unified Intercarrier Compensation
Regime; Connect America Fund; Numbering Resource Optimization; Petition of Vonage Holdings Corp. for Limited
Waiver of Section 52.15(g)(2)(i) of the Commission's Rules Regarding Access to Numbering Resources; Petition of
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. and HBF Group, Inc. for Waiver of Part 52 of the Commission's Rules
, WC
Docket Nos. 13-97, 04-36, 07-243, 10-90, CC Docket Nos. 95-116, 01-92, 99-200, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,
Order and Notice of Inquiry, 28 FCC Rcd 5842, 5844, para. 1 (2013) (Direct Access NPRM and NOI).
2 Id. at 5842.
3 78 FR 36725 (June 19, 2013).

Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing.
If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding, filers
must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-
class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission's Secretary,
Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission's Secretary must be
delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th Street, SW, Room TW-A325, Washington, DC
20554. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held together with
rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes must be disposed of before entering the

Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must
be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.

U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street,
SW, Washington D.C. 20554.
People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities
(Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (tty).
The proceeding this Notice initiates shall be treated as a "permit-but-disclose" proceeding in
accordance with the Commission's ex parte rules.4 Persons making ex parte presentations must file a
copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two
business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies).
Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation
must (1) list all persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte
presentation was made, and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the
presentation. If the presentation consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments
already reflected in the presenter's written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the
presenter may provide citations to such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or
other filings (specifying the relevant page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be
found) in lieu of summarizing them in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission
staff during ex parte meetings are deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed
consistent with rule 1.1206(b). In proceedings governed by rule 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has
made available a method of electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing
oral ex parte presentations, and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment
filing system available for that proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt,
searchable .pdf). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission's ex
For further information, please contact John Visclosky, Wireline Competition Bureau,
Competition Policy Division, at (202) 418-0825 or via e-mail at

4 47 C.F.R. 1.1200 et seq.

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