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Released: March 15, 2013


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DA 13-451

Released: March 15, 2013





CC Docket No. 95-155

WC Docket No. 12-260

Comment Date: March 29, 2013

On September 13, 2012, SMS/800, Inc. (Petitioner) filed a petition seeking permission to change
the membership and governance of SMS/800, Inc., which generally oversees the 800 Service
Management System for toll free numbers.1 The Bureau sought comment specifically on the Petitioner’s
proposal “to expand the control of SMS/800, Inc. from the Bell Operating Companies (BOCs) alone to
the broader toll free industry . . . .”2 While the petition was captioned “Petition to Change the
Composition of SMS/800, Inc.,” the petition also proposed that SMS/800, Inc. assume the role of toll free
database neutral administrator and assume tariffing responsibilities.3 The comments focused primarily on
the proposed changes to the membership of SMS/800, Inc. The Bureau is providing additional
opportunity for comment, particularly on SMS/800, Inc.’s neutral administrator and tariffing proposals.
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR §§ 1.415, 1.419,
interested parties may file comments on or before the dates indicated above. All filings should refer to
WC Docket No. 12-260.4 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 Petition to Change the Composition of SMS/800, Inc., CC Docket No. 95-155, WC Docket No. 12-260 (filed Sept.
13, 2012) (SMS/800 Petition). Petitioners explain that the SMS/800 is “a centralized database containing all
customer records and routing instructions for toll-free numbers.” See id. at 2.
2 Wireline Competition Bureau Seeks Comment on SMS/800, Inc. Petition to Change the Composition of SMS/800,
., Public Notice, CC Docket No. 95-155, WC Docket No. 12-260, 27 FCC Rcd 11105 (2012).
3 See SMS/800 Petition at 10-20; see also Letter from Aaron M. Panner, Counsel to SMS/800, Inc., to Marlene H.
Dortch, Secretary, FCC, CC Docket No. 95-155, WC Docket No. 12-260 (filed Mar. 4, 2013).
4 We hereby incorporate all comments and ex parte presentations in CC Docket No. 95-155 into this docket.
Commenters need not resubmit material previously filed in that proceeding.

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, 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 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 DC 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.5 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

5 47 C.F.R. §§ 1.1200 et seq.

For further information regarding this proceeding, contact Michelle Sclater, Competition Policy
Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, 202-418-0388 or
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