3 11, 2021

JSI Numbering Expert Named NANC Vice Chair

2021-11-03T08:27:30-04:00November 3, 2021|News|

FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel this week named Bridget Alexander White, staff director in JSI’s Business Development department, as the vice chair of the North American Numbering Council (NANC). She will serve as vice chair during the 2021-2023 charter. Bridget is in her second term on the Council and has been a voting member of the since 2017. Bridget’s nomination is sponsored by US Connect.

The NANC is composed of representatives of telecom carriers, regulators, cable providers, VoIP providers, industry associations, vendors, and consumer advocates. Its main mission is to recommend to the FCC ways to modernize the North American Numbering Plan. It also has been instrumental recently in the FCC’s fight against illegal robocalls, working on implementing STIR/SHAKEN and the Reassigned Numbers Database. Bridget has been involved in all of those discussions, representing the interests of small and rural carriers.

Bridget has worked in the telecom industry for nearly 25 years, much of it focused on telecom policies that drive numbering and porting decisions. She works with rural companies each day that are affected by the NANC’s decisions and provides a vital voice for them on the Council.

“I was rendered speechless when I received the call asking me to serve as vice chair! I work with a wonderful and intelligent group of people on the Council and the opportunity to serve as vice chair of the NANC is an honor,” Bridget said. “I greatly appreciate Chairwoman Rosenworcel’s appointment in recognition of my contributions to the Council and I look forward to continuing to advocate for rural carriers in the industry.”

Bridget is excited about her new role helping to lead the NANC as it tackles several big issues. She invites clients to communicate any concerns or opinions about NANC’s work to her directly by email or by phone at 301-459-7590.

30 07, 2021

JSI Numbering Expert Reappointed to NANC

2021-11-02T13:08:17-04:00July 30, 2021|News|

Bridget Alexander White, staff director in JSI’s Business Development department, was reappointed recently to the rechartered North American Numbering Council (NANC) by FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. This is Bridget’s second term on the Council as a full, voting member. She was first appointed in 2017 and has served on the NANC for four years. Bridget’s nomination was sponsored by US Connect.

The NANC’s main mission is to recommend to the FCC ways to modernize the North American Numbering Plan, but it also has been instrumental in the FCC’s fight against illegal robocalls in recent years. Bridget was on the front line of discussions about STIR/SHAKEN and the Reassigned Numbers Database during her first term and  represented the interests of small and rural carriers on the NANC on both issues.

Bridget has worked in the telecom industry for nearly 25 years, much of it focused on telecom policies that drive numbering and porting decisions. She also works with rural companies on a daily basis that are affected by the NANC’s decisions and provides a vital voice for them on the Council.

“It has been my pleasure representing rural LECs on the NANC over the years. I look forward to continually ensuring RLECs’ best interests are considered and heard in all NANC recommendations to the FCC for numbering, porting and robocall mitigation,” Bridget said about her reappointment.

The NANC is composed of representatives of telecom carriers, regulators, cable providers, VoIP providers, industry associations, vendors, and consumer advocates.

Bridget invites clients to communicate any concerns or opinions about NANC’s work to her directly. She can be reached by email or in our Maryland office at 301-459-7590.

8 01, 2021

Reassigned Numbers Database Recordkeeping Begins Soon for Rural Providers

2021-11-02T13:19:29-04:00January 8, 2021|e-Lerts|

Beginning January 27, 2021, small, rural carriers must begin maintaining records of the dates when telephone numbers are permanently disconnected. These new requirements are part of the new FCC’s Reassigned Numbers Database (RND) being established to help with the country’s unwanted robocall issue.

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 April 4, 2019 e-Lert for more information).

Permanent Disconnection

The FCC’s definition of “permanent disconnection” is when a subscriber has permanently relinquished a number or the provider permanently disassociates a number with a subscriber for active service in the service provider’s records.

Permanently disconnected numbers do not include instances where the phone number is still associated with the subscriber, such as when a subscriber’s phone service has been disconnected temporarily for non-payment of a bill or when a consumer ports a number to another provider.

Recordkeeping

Small, rural carriers must begin maintaining records of the most recent date each telephone number allocated or ported to the reporting carrier was permanently disconnected.

Reporting

Dates for reporting data to the RND have not yet been established.

If you have any questions about the RND or this new requirement, please contact Bridget Alexander White in JSI’s Maryland office at 301-459-7590.

Numbering & Porting Essentials Service

Clients interested in educating their staff on the cavalcade of numbering and porting requirements all service providers will face in 2021 should consider subscribing to JSI’s Numbering & Porting Essentials service. The subscription includes breaking news alerts, a free webinar and six web-based education sessions designed to keep companies informed about important numbering, porting and robocall mitigation decisions that will impact their internal operations and customers. Contact Bridget Alexander White for more details and to sign up.

4 01, 2021

Carrier Identification Code Reports Due January 31

2021-11-02T13:19:54-04:00January 4, 2021|e-Lerts|

The semi-annual Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Entity Access and Usage reports covering the period from July 1 through December 31, 2020, are due to the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA) CIC Administrator by January 31, 2021.

For purposes of usage and reporting, CICs are assigned as Direct Trunk Access Feature Group B or D (FG B / FG D) or Switchless Reseller. Companies assigned Direct Trunk Access CICs must have trunk access with a facilities-based LEC. The trunk access must be reported to NANPA by both the CIC assignee and the facilities-based LEC from which the CIC assignee purchases access.

Holders of Switchless Reseller CICs must report the underlying carrier with which the CIC has FG D usage.

Semi-annual CIC reports are the sole tool used by NANPA to confirm if a CIC is being used in accordance with the CIC Assignment Guidelines or to determine if a CIC is subject to reclamation by NANPA.

Carriers are reminded:

  • Failure to submit the required semi-annual reports may result in CIC reclamation by NANPA;
  • Make sure the CIC reports are accurate before submission, as information provided is considered certified;
  • CICs must be used in the manner they were requested and assigned within the CIC guidelines; and
  • Verify your company’s CIC contact on file with NANPA is current and accurate. If not, updates should be filed with NANPA.

For more information about the required reporting and how JSI’s CIC Management Service can help you better manage your CICs in the future, contact Lisa Cover in JSI’s Maryland office at 301-459-7590.

30 10, 2020

Webinar: Numbering & Porting: Where Are We?

2020-10-30T15:10:17-04:00October 30, 2020|Webinar Recordings|

Just before All Hallows’ Eve, Bridget Alexander White led an expedition into the dark forest of numbering and porting to explore the looming changes all companies will experience in 2021. If you missed the journey, there’s still time to gather your tents, pack a snack, grab your laptop, and head deep into the wilderness to discover:

  • Ways to block the sinister robocalls
  • The STIR/SHAKEN extension requirements
  • Reassigned Numbers Database recordkeeping woes
  • The trail leading to 10-digit dialing and 988 in your service area
  • The lurking iVoIPs you cannot elude

A recording of the webinar is available for $249. Subscribers to the LNP Essentials bundle received this webinar as part of their 2020 subscription. Contact Brenda Cordwell in the Maryland office at 301-459-7590 if you’d like to purchase the recording.

29 06, 2020

Permanently Disconnected Telephone Number Aging and Data Collection Requirements Begin July 27

2020-06-29T16:08:26-04:00June 29, 2020|e-Lerts|

Beginning July 27, wireline, wireless and interconnected VoIP providers must age permanently disconnected numbers 45 days before reassigning numbers to new subscribers and maintain records of the dates when numbers are permanently disconnected. These new requirements are part of the new Reassigned Numbers Database (RND) being established to help with the country’s unwanted robocall issue. Dates for reporting this data to the RND have not yet been established.

The purpose of the RND Order 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 April 29, 2019 e-Lert for more information). The requirements’ effective date was set now that Office of Management and Budget’s approval was published in the June 26, 2020, Federal Register.

New Rules
Effective July 27, wireline, wireless and interconnected VoIP providers that receive numbering resources from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator or another telecommunications carrier must:

  1. Age permanently disconnected telephone numbers a minimum of 45 days before reassigning the number to a new subscriber.
  2. Maintain records of the most recent date each telephone number allocated or ported to the reporting carrier was permanently disconnected.

The FCC’s definition of “permanent disconnection” is when a subscriber has permanently relinquished a number or the provider permanently disassociates a number with a subscriber for active service in the service provider’s records. Permanently disconnected numbers do not include instances where the phone number is still associated with the subscriber, such as when a subscriber’s phone service has been disconnected temporarily for non-payment of a bill or when a consumer ports a number to another provider.

Rural Grace Period
Reporting carriers serving 100,000 or fewer domestic retail subscriber lines as reported on their most recent Forms 477, aggregated over all the providers’ affiliates, must begin keeping the disconnected telephone number records and reporting to the reassigned number database six months after the effective date for large providers.

If you have any questions about the Reassigned Numbers Database (RND), please contact Bridget Alexander White in JSI’s Maryland office at 301-459-7590.

LNP Essentials

Clients interested in following all of the news about numbering, porting and robocall mitigation should consider subscribing to JSI’s LNP Essentials bundle. The subscription includes newsletters, breaking news alerts, webinars and interactive call sessions designed to keep companies informed about important industry decisions that will impact their numbering and porting operations. Contact Bridget Alexander White for more details and to sign up.

24 12, 2019

Carrier Identification Code Reports Due January 31

2019-12-24T11:58:12-05:00December 24, 2019|e-Lerts|

The semi-annual Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Entity Access and Usage reports covering the period from July 1 through December 31, 2019, are due to the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA) CIC Administrator by January 31, 2020.

For purposes of usage and reporting, CICs are assigned as Direct Trunk Access Feature Group B or D (FG B / FG D) or Switchless Reseller. Companies assigned Direct Trunk Access CICs must have trunk access with a facilities-based LEC. The trunk access must be reported to NANPA by both the CIC assignee and the facilities-based LEC from which the CIC assignee purchases access.

Holders of Switchless Reseller CICs must report the underlying carrier with which the CIC has FG D usage.

Semi-annual CIC reports are the sole tool used by NANPA to confirm if a CIC is being used in accordance with the CIC Assignment Guidelines or to determine if a CIC is subject to reclamation by NANPA.

CIC reminders:

  • Failure to submit the required semi-annual reports may result in CIC reclamation by NANPA.
  • Make sure the CIC reports are accurate before submission as information submitted to NANPA provided is considered certified by the CIC assignee.
  • CICs must be used in the manner they were requested and assigned within the CIC guidelines.
  • Verify your company’s CIC contact on file with NANPA is current and accurate. If not, updates should be filed with NANPA.

For more information about the required reporting and how JSI’s CIC Management Service can help you better manage your CICs in the future, contact Bridget Alexander White or Lisa Cover in JSI’s Maryland office at 301-459-7590.

27 06, 2019

Carrier Identification Code Reports Due July 31

2019-06-27T12:02:12-04:00June 27, 2019|e-Lerts|

The semi-annual Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Entity Access and Usage reports covering the period from January 1 through June 30, 2019, are due to the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA) CIC Administrator by July 31, 2019.

For purposes of usage and reporting, CICs are assigned as Direct Trunk Access Feature Group B or D (FG B / FG D) or Switchless Reseller. Companies assigned Direct Trunk Access CICs must have trunk access with a facilities-based LEC. The trunk access must be reported to NANPA by both the CIC assignee and the facilities-based LEC from which the CIC assignee purchases access.

Holders of Switchless Reseller CICs must report the underlying carrier with which the CIC has FG D usage.

Semi-annual CIC reports are the sole tool used by NANPA to confirm if a CIC is being used in accordance with the CIC Assignment Guidelines or to determine if a CIC is subject to reclamation by NANPA.

CIC reminders:

  • Failure to submit the required semi-annual reports may result in CIC reclamation by NANPA.
  • Make sure the CIC reports are accurate before submission as information provided is considered certified.
  • CICs must be used in the manner they were requested and assigned within the CIC guidelines.
  • Verify your company’s CIC contact on file with NANPA is current and accurate. If not, updates should be filed with NANPA.

For more information about the required reporting and how JSI’s CIC Management Service can help you better manage your CICs in the future, contact Bridget Alexander White in JSI’s Maryland office at 301-459-7590.

19 07, 2018

FCC Nudges Nationwide Number Portability Forward by Amending LNP Query Rules

2018-07-19T12:21:50-04:00July 19, 2018|e-Lerts|

Earlier this month, the FCC adopted a Report and Order as a step toward nationwide number portability (NNP) to allow consumers to switch their telephone numbers to any carrier, anywhere in the country. The amended rules relax requirements on which service provider is responsible for querying ported telephone numbers in the Number Portability Administration Center (NPAC) database. Until now, the carrier immediately preceding the terminating carrier (the N-1 carrier) was required to ensure that ported telephone numbers were queried in the NPAC. The FCC relaxed the N-1 requirements to allow the originating service provider or any other carrier in the call path to take responsibility for the query in anticipation of changes to the number porting rules to lift rate center boundary limitations and allow NNP.

The original N-1 rule was put in place to ensure the query costs were split between originating and interexchange carriers and so that calls would not be left unqueried. Today, few consumers have an interexchange carrier that is different from their local provider, which makes N-1 unnecessary in some cases; however, it is still necessary when the providers differ and wireless and iVoiP calls are in the mix. Those calls may be destined to terminate outside the originating carrier’s network and may not fall under the originating service provider’s responsibility in the current N-1 structure.

The change was made because the FCC agreed with commenters that stated requiring the N-1 carrier to perform the query in the NNP environment could result in frequent inefficient and unnecessary queries and routing. For example, a call could route from the originating carrier to an interexchange carrier for the query and back to the originating carrier for termination. Such instances would be avoided if the originating carrier performed the query. However, to continue to ease the potential burden of the originating carrier bearing all query costs, the rule will continue to require the industry to follow the N-1 process if the originating carrier declines to query the number. Whether or not the originating service provider decides to query the call will depend on the query costs and the provider’s ability to route and terminate calls under the “to be determined” NNP protocol selected for the industry.

The N-1 amendment in this Report and Order will be effective 30 days after the Order is posted in the Federal Register.

NNP Next Steps

In addition to the N-1 change, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau earlier this month directed the North American Numbering Council (NANC) to investigate the costs, benefits, and technical requirements of two potential NNP methods: Non-Geographic LRN (NGLRN) and Nationwide LRN (NLRN). The NANC was also charged with recommending the next steps the Commission and industry should take to achieve full NNP. An interim report is due to the Bureau at the December NANC meeting and the final report is due at the NANC’s first meeting of 2019, which is normally held in March.

The Order and the NANC directive are significant for ALL service providers as the ability for consumers to port their telephone number anywhere in the country is arriving sooner that we thought.

If you have questions or would like additional details about NNP, contact Bridget Alexander White in JSI’s Maryland office at 301-459-7590.

17 11, 2017

JSI’s Numbering Expert Named to NANC

2017-11-17T11:30:27-05:00November 17, 2017|News|

JSI is excited to announce that Bridget Alexander White, manager in our Business Development department, was appointed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to the North American Numbering Council (NANC) as a full, voting member. This is the first time someone from JSI has been named to the NANC. Bridget’s nomination was sponsored by US Connect.

The NANC’s mission is to recommend to the FCC ways to modernize the North American Numbering Plan to ensure the efficient, impartial assignment and use of vital numbering resources in the changing, modern world of communications. The NANC is composed of representatives of telecom carriers, regulators, cable providers, VoIP providers, industry associations, vendors, and consumer advocates.

Bridget’s voting membership will bring small and rural carriers’ positions to the NANC, which are important to consider in the development of porting and numbering rules and procedures. Bridget has worked in the telecom industry for more than 19 years and her broad knowledge of the telecom policies that drive numbering and porting decisions, as well as her daily contact with those companies that are affected by those decisions, will bring a unique perspective to the Council.

Bridget is not a stranger to the NANC. She is a longtime voting participant on the NANC’s Future of Numbering (FoN) and Local Number Portability Administration (LNPA) working groups, and served as chair of the LNPA working group’s New Entrant Sub-team which developed guidelines for new providers entering the porting arena.

Bridget is excited to be able to participate and represent small companies as a member of NANC. She invites clients to communicate any concerns or opinions about NANC’s work to her so that she can best represent their interests on the Council. She can be reached by email or in our Maryland office at 301-459-7590.

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