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Comment Sought on NANC Clarification Requests on Passcodes & LNP Flows

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Released: May 22, 2013


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DA 13-1178

Released: May 22, 2013




WC Docket No. 07-244

CC Docket No. 95-116

Comment Date: June 5, 2013

In 2010, the Commission adopted local number portability (LNP) provisioning flows, which
include a one-business day porting interval for simple ports of a subscriber’s telephone number from one
provider to another.1 In adopting these process flows, the Commission indicated that carrier-assigned
passcodes for a customer’s account may not be required to be supplied by a new provider in order to
obtain a customer service record (CSR) from another provider.2 The Commission also clarified that the
adopted porting flows would remain in effect until the North American Numbering Council (NANC)
recommends, and the Commission approves, revised provisioning flows for the porting process.3 On
September 19, 2012, the NANC asked the Commission to clarify that the LNP flows and
recommendations adopted by the Commission in its LNP Standard Fields Order apply to all ports, not
just simple ports, thereby prohibiting the use of a carrier-initiated passcode for any porting request.4 On
December 10, 2012, the NANC asked the Commission to adopt clarifying revisions to LNP provisioning
flows for cancellations and disconnections.5 We seek comment on these NANC submissions.
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR §§ 1.415, 1.419,
interested parties may file comments and reply comments on or before the dates 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 Local Number Portability Porting Interval and Validation Requirement; Telephone Number Portability, WC
Docket No. 07-244, CC Docket No. 95-116, Report and Order, 25 FCC Rcd 6953 (2010) (LNP Standard Fields
2 LNP Standard Fields Order, 25 FCC Rcd 6964, n.74.
3 Id. at 6965, para. 22.
4 Id. at 6964, n.74; see also Letter from Betty Ann Kane, Chairman, North American Numbering Council, to Julie A.
Veach, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (filed Sept. 19, 2012).
5 Letter from Betty Ann Kane, Chairman, North American Numbering Council, to Julie A. Veach, Chief, Wireline
Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (filed Dec. 10, 2012).

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 St., SW, Room TW-A325,
Washington, D.C. 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 building.
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(Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to or call the
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (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.6 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

6 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.

For further information, contact Kimberly Jackson of the Competition Policy Division, Wireline
Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-7393 or
- FCC-

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