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Comment Sought on North American Numbering Council Recommendation

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Released: April 22, 2013


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DA 13-806

Released: April 22, 2013




CC Docket No. 92-237
CC Docket No. 99-200

Comment Date: May 22, 2013
Reply Comment Date: June 3, 2013

On February 20, 2013, the North American Numbering Council (NANC) submitted a
recommendation1 that the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) consider consolidating
the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA)2 and Pooling Administrator (PA) 3
contracts. To facilitate consideration of efficiencies that may be gained by combining the contracts, the
NANC provides evaluations of the benefits and risks of the proposed consolidation. We seek comment
on the NANC contract consolidation proposal, including the identified benefits and risks associated with
this proposal.
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 See Letter from Betty Ann Kane, Chairman, North American Numbering Council, to Julie A. Veach, Chief,
Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission (filed Feb. 20, 2013).
2 The NANPA is responsible for the neutral administration of North American Numbering Plan (NANP) resources,
subject to directives from regulatory authorities in the countries that share the NANP. See Central Office Code
(NXX) Guidelines (COCAG), ATIS-0300051, Section 13 at page 51-52.
3 The PA is responsible for the neutral administration of thousands-blocks of numbers from Central Office Codes in
areas where thousands-block number pooling has been ordered or implemented. Id. at page 54. The PA also serves
as the Routing Number Administrator, which is responsible for the assignment of non-dialable Pseudo-Automatic
Number Identification (p-ANI) numbers to eligible users. See P-ANI Administration Guidelines, ATIS-0300089,
Section 11 at page 37.

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.

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), (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

4 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.

For further information, contact Marilyn Jones,, of the Competition
Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-1580.
- FCC-

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