RND reporting format announced by the FCC
Starting today, January 27, 2021, small, rural carriers must begin maintaining records of the dates when telephone numbers are permanently disconnected as part of the new Reassigned Numbers Database (RND) being established to help with the country’s unwanted robocall issue. Recently, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau released a Public Notice detailing the report file format in order to make the submission process smoother once RND reporting begins.
Small, rural carriers must maintain records of the most recent date each telephone number allocated or ported to the reporting carrier was permanently disconnected. Once the database is operational, carriers will be required to submit, at a minimum, their company ID, the permanently disconnected telephone numbers and the dates of permanent disconnection.
The purpose of the RND is to establish a database of phone numbers that have been permanently disconnected and possibly reassigned. The database will enable callers, such as pharmacies and financial institutions, to verify, before calling a number, whether it’s been permanently disconnected and therefore should not be called (see our January 8th e-Lert for more information).
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