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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    July 16, 2002

    NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: Meribeth McCarrick at (202) 418-0654

    FCC EXTENDS WIRELESS LOCAL NUMBER PORTABILITY
    DEADLINE BY 1 YEAR TO NOVEMBER 24, 2003
    Number Pooling Deadline Remains November 24, 2002

    Washington, D.C. - The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has
    adopted a Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O) denying in part
    Verizon Wireless's (Verizon) petition from the Commission's
    wireless local number portability (LNP) rules. The Commission
    denied Verizon's request for permanent forbearance stating that
    wireless LNP will be necessary to preserve consumer choice and
    enhance competition among Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS)
    carriers and between the wireless and wireline industries. The
    FCC found, however, that extending the LNP deadline for a period
    of one year until November 24, 2003, will allow adequate time to
    resolve all outstanding LNP implementation issues, including
    training personnel an other non-technical tasks, and public
    safety coordination. It will also reduce the burdens otherwise
    associated with the simultaneous implementation of number
    portability and thousands-block number porting. The extension
    also will allow wireless carriers to guard against any potential
    network disruptions that might result from simultaneous
    implementation of thousands-block number pooling and porting.
    The Commission emphasized that the number pooling deadline for
    CMRS carriers will remain November 24, 2002.

    In the adopted MO&O, the Commission noted that providing a
    transition between number pooling and number portability will
    help ensure the FCC's critical numbering optimization goals are
    met before the obligation to implement LNP becomes due. The
    Commission also found that the competitive reasons that lead the
    Commission to require wireless LNP remain valid today and that
    there are sufficient competitive and consumer benefits in terms
    of innovative service offerings, higher quality services, and
    lower prices to justify the cost of implementing LNP in the near
    future. Finally, the Commission considered and rejected
    arguments for a delay of more than one year, and stated that
    carriers will be expected to comply with this new schedule absent
    extraordinary circumstances

    Background on Number Portability:

    Under the Commission's prior decisions, wireless carriers in the
    largest 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) were required
    to support service provider LNP, in the areas in which another
    carrier has made a specific request for the provision of LNP, by
    November 24, 2002. LNP will enable wireless customers to "port"
    their telephone number in the event they switch from one wireless
    carrier to another, or from a wireline to a wireless carrier. On
    July 26, 2001, Verizon filed a petition asking for permanent
    forbearance from the Commission's wireless LNP rules. Today the
    Commission extended the deadline for wireless carriers to provide
    LNP by 1 year to November 24, 2003.

    Background on Number Pooling:

    In its First Report and Order on numbering resource optimization,
    the FCC adopted several administrative and technical measures to
    allow it to closely monitor the use of numbering resources within
    the North American Number Plan. The Commission also adopted a
    system for allocating numbers in blocks of 1,000 rather than
    10,000 (thousands-block number pooling). The Commission
    determined that all carriers, including wireless carriers, would
    be required to participate in thousands-block number pooling once
    they became LNP-capable. The pooling deadline is November 24,
    2002 (in area codes where wireline carriers are providing
    pooling), for wireless carriers operating in the largest 100
    Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).

    Action by the Commission July 16, 2002, by Memorandum Opinion and
    Order (FCC 02-215). Chairman Powell and Commissioner Copps with
    Commissioners Abernathy and Martin approving in part and
    dissenting in part, Commissioners Abernathy, Copps and Martin
    issuing separate statements.
    FCC Contact: Jennifer Salhus at (202) 418-2823 or e-mail at
    jsalhus@fcc.gov
    WT Docket: 01-184
    CC Docket: 95-116


    News media Information 202 / 418-0500
    TTY 202 / 418-2555
    Fax-On-Demand 202 / 418-2830
    Internet: http://www.fcc.gov
    ftp.fcc.gov

    Federal Communications Commission
    445 12th Street, S.W.
    Washington, D. C. 20554

    This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release
    of the full text of a Commission order
    constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C.
    Circ 1974).

    020717

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