Earlier this month, the FCC issued a Public Notice announcing the Reassigned Numbers Database (RND) reporting compliance dates. All carriers, regardless of size, should be maintaining records of the dates when telephone numbers are permanently disconnected (see our Jan. 27 e-Lert for more on this requirement).

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.

The purpose of the RND is to establish a database of phone numbers that have been permanently disconnected and possibly reassigned and hopefully prevent consumers from receiving unwanted calls intended for someone who previously held their 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.

Database Reporting Dates

Small service providers, those carriers serving 100,000 or fewer domestic retail subscriber lines, must submit the initial data collected covering the period from January 27, 2021, through October 15, 2021, to the RND on October 15, 2021. Small carriers must begin monthly reporting to the RND on November 15, 2021.

Large service providers, carriers with 100,000 or more domestic retail subscriber lines, must submit the initial data collected covering the period from July 27, 2020, through April 15, 2021, to the RND on April 15, 2021. Large carriers must begin monthly reporting to the RND on May 15, 2021.

Please contact Bridget Alexander White if you have questions or need more information regarding the Reassigned Numbers Database.