Small service providers serving 100,000 or fewer domestic retail subscriber lines must begin uploading permanently disconnected numbers and the date of disconnection to the Reassigned Numbers Database (RND) Friday, October 15th. Small service providers must report cumulative initial data of permanently disconnected numbers collected covering the period from January 27, 2021, through October 15, 2021. Those carriers must submit the cumulative initial data to the RND on October 15, 2021.
All carriers – wireline, wireless and interconnected VoIP providers – that receive numbering resources from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator or another telecommunications carrier are required to track and report permanently disconnected telephone numbers and the last date of permanent disconnection to the RND. Small carriers’ monthly reporting requirement begins November 15, 2021.
The FCC established the RND to house phone numbers that have been permanently disconnected and possibly reassigned. The intent is to prevent consumers from receiving unwanted calls intended for the person who was previously assigned the telephone number. Callers, such as pharmacies and financial institutions, will be able to verify, before calling a number, whether it’s been permanently disconnected and therefore should not be called.
Please contact Lisa Cover in JSI’s Maryland office at 301-459-7590 if you have questions or need more information on the RND in preparation for the reporting mandate.