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FCC Receives Proposals for Direct Access Numbering Trial

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Released: May 23, 2013


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DA 13-1210

Released: May 23, 2013



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

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

On April 18, 2013, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Order and Notice
of Inquiry which, inter alia, addressed pending waiver requests to allow interconnected Voice over
Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers to obtain telephone numbers directly from the number administrators.1
The Direct Access Order establishes a six-month technical trial of direct access to telephone numbers by
granting a conditional waiver to Vonage Holdings Corp. (Vonage) and other interconnected VoIP
providers that have pending petitions for waiver of section 52.15(g)(2)(i) of the Commission’s rules and
that meet the terms and conditions outlined in the Order.2 Participation in the trial requires submission of
a detailed numbering proposal within 30 days of the release of the Direct Access Order and monthly
reporting beginning 60 days after requesting direct access to numbers from a numbering administrator.3
The Commission received four proposals within the 30-day deadline. On May 17, 2013, Vonage
and SmartEdgeNet, LLC submitted proposals to participate in the trial.4 On May 20, 2013, the
Commission received proposals from WilTel Communications, LLC and Intelepeer, Inc. to participate in
the trial.5 In addition, on May 22, 2013, the Commission received a proposal from Millicorp to
participate in the trial.6 Each proposal will be approved 30 days after its respective filing date, unless the
Bureau finds that the proposal does not comply with the requirements of the Order.7 An entity that has
submitted a proposal may not request or obtain direct access to numbers until its proposal is approved.8

1 See Numbering Policies for Modern Communications et al., WC Docket No. 13-97 et al., Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking, Order, and Notice of Inquiry, FCC 13-51 (rel. Apr. 18, 2013) (Direct Access Order).
2 Id. at para. 87.
3 Id. at paras. 101, 103.
4 Letter from Brita D. Strandberg, Counsel to Vonage Holdings Corp., to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal
Communications Commission, WC Docket No. 13-97 et al. (filed May 17, 2013); Letter from Randall B. Lowe,
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, WC Docket
No. 13-97 et al. (filed May 17, 2013) (submitting Numbering Plan Proposal of SmartEdgeNet, LLC).
5 WilTel Trial Proposal, WC Docket No. 13-97 et al. (filed May 20, 2013); Letter from Kristin Manwarren,
Corporate Counsel, IntelePeer, Inc., to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, WC
Docket No. 13-97 et al. (filed May 20, 2013).
6 See Letter from Duane Dyar, Vice President/Operations, Millicorp, to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Federal
Communications Commission, WC Docket No. 13-97 et al. (filed May 22, 2013). In its filing, Millicorp requests
leave to file its proposal out of time and for the Commission to accept its filing as if it had been timely.
7 Direct Access Order, FCC 13-51, at para. 101.
8 Id.

For further information, contact Marilyn Jones in the Competition Policy Division, Wireline
Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-2357.

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