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GSA Approves Renewal of North American Numbering Council Charter Through September 25, 2011

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AGENCY:

Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

On October 16, 2009, the Commission released a public notice announcing GSA's approval of the renewal of the North American Numbering Council charter through September 25, 2011. The intended effect of this action is to make the public aware of the renewal of the North American Numbering Council charter.

DATES:

Renewed through September 25, 2011.

ADDRESSES:

Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, The Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW., Suite 5-C162, Washington, DC 20554.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Deborah Blue, Special Assistant to the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at (202) 418-1466 or Deborah.Blue@fcc.gov. The fax number is: (202) 418-1413. The TTY number is: (202) 418-0484.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Released October 16, 2009.

The General Services Administration (GSA) has renewed the charter of the North American Numbering Council (NANC or Council) through September 25, 2011. The Council will continue to advise the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) on rapidly evolving and competitively significant numbering issues facing the telecommunications industry.

In October 1995, the Commission established the NANC, a Federal advisory committee created pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C., App. 2 (1988), to advise the Commission on issues related to North American Numbering Plan (NANP) administration in the United States. The original charter of the Council was effective on October 5, 1995, establishing an initial two-year term. Amended charters were filed on October 5, 1997, October 5, 1999, October 5, 2001, October 5, 2003, September 26, 2005, and September 27, 2007, each renewing the term of the charter for an additional two years.

Since the last charter renewal, the Council has provided the Commission with critically important recommendations regarding number administration, such as the recommendation regarding the assignment of geographic numbers from the NANP and a central database to support interoperability for Internet-based relay services. In addition, the Council reviewed and recommended technical requirements for a request for proposals associated with a new North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) contract. The Council also provided detailed evaluations of the current NANPA, the Pooling Administrator (PA) and the Billing and Collection (B&C) Agent. The Council will continue to evaluate the performances of the NANPA, the PA and the B&C Agent on an annual basis. Moreover, the Council is presently considering and formulating recommendations on other important numbering-related issues that will require work beyond the term of the present charter.

The value of this Federal advisory committee to the telecommunications industry and to the American public cannot be overstated. Numbers are the means by which consumers gain access to, and reap the benefits of, the public switched telephone network. The Council's recommendations to the Commission will facilitate fair and efficient number administration in the United States, and will ensure that numbering resources are available to all telecommunications service providers on a fair and equitable basis, consistent with the requirements of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

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Marilyn Jones,

Attorney, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission.

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[FR Doc. E9-25564 Filed 10-22-09; 8:45 am]

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