CCA Applauds FCC for Advancing Nationwide Number Portability
Fort Worth, TX – October 24, 2017 – Today, during its October Open Meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry on ways to advance nationwide number portability. Competitive Carriers Association (“CCA”) commends the Commission for taking another important step toward true nationwide number portability and applauds the FCC for recognizing that, among wireless competitors, smaller rural and regional carriers are uniquely disadvantaged by the lack of true nationwide portability. The FCC should continue its work to ensure these competitive pitfalls are adequately addressed.
“CCA shares the Commission’s vision to complete nationwide number portability, and I am pleased the FCC hopes to address challenges faced by smaller rural and regional carriers in advancing this mutual goal,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “As the FCC’s item reflects, many CCA members have experienced problems porting-in wireless numbers from various parts of the country and therefore are placed at a competitive disadvantage compared to their nationwide counterparts who can port-in numbers regardless of location.”
“All consumers, whether rural or urban, benefit from competitive choices and should be able to choose the carrier that best meets their needs and desires. I applaud the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and the North American Numbering Council for their work to help find a solution that works for all carriers, for the benefit of all consumers. But the work is not done yet. I thank the Commission for its focus on nationwide number portability and look forward to our continued work on this important issue for consumers and carriers.”
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 carrier members covers 95 percent of the nation. Visit www.ccamobile.org.
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