FCC Should Explore Practical Solutions to Achieve True Nationwide Number Portability
Washington, DC – December 27, 2017 – Today, in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”), CCA identified near- and long-term solutions the FCC should explore to achieve nationwide number portability. CCA commends the Commission for its work to ensure consumers can transfer their telephone numbers to the carrier that best meets their needs and desires and encouraged the Commission to enable wireless carriers to effectively port-in telephone numbers for the benefit of their customers and competition.
“I applaud the Commission for taking steps to achieve true nationwide number portability – a very important issue for consumers and competitive carriers,” said CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry. “Many rural and regional carriers lack the facilities-based presence to support porting under the current rules, and CCA supports near-term, commercially available solutions, which offers wireless providers the opportunity to work within the existing number system and rules to access number resources.”
“While a commercial solution does exist, I encourage the FCC to continue its good work with ATIS and NANC to address any potential required changes to federal and state regulation, industry practices and legacy telephone network technology to achieve longer-term nationwide number portability. CCA looks forward to working with the Commission and other incumbent carriers to encourage the fair, effective and efficient transition to IP-based networks that may better reflect the innovative, rapidly-evolving mobile wireless services that consumers increasingly expect. All consumers, no matter where they live, should be able to choose the carrier that best meets their needs, and I look forward to our continued work with the FCC on this important consumer and competitive issue.”
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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