During a Numbering Testbed Workshop at the FCC on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, JSI shared its perspective that service providers should remain responsible for assigning numbers to their customers and not allow consumers direct access to telephone numbers as the Neustar proposal asserts.

As the future of numbering in an all-IP network anticipates a consumer to use their telephone number for multiple purposes, the industry will need to ensure that the consumer’s best interests are protected and secured. Allowing consumers direct access to telephone numbers, the industry places an undue burden on the consumer to properly educate themselves on the necessary steps for securing their own telephone numbers. Service providers are more acquainted with industry practices and standards and are in a better position to provide these services to consumers, thus providing their customers with assurances that their TNs are properly secured.

Read the ex parte.