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Requests for Clarification of Use of Passcodes for Non-Simple Ports and Local Number Portability Provisioning Flows; Telephone Number Portability

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AGENCY:

Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION:

Proposed rule; comments requested.

SUMMARY:

In this document, the Commission seeks comment on a submission by the North American Numbering Council (NANC) asking the Commission to clarify that the Local Number Portability (LNP) flows and recommendations adopted by the Commission in its LNP Standard Fields Order apply to all ports, not just simple ports, thereby prohibiting the use of a carrier-initiated passcode for any porting request. The Commission also seeks comment on a submission by the NANC asking the Commission to adopt clarifying revisions to LNP provisioning flows for cancellations and disconnections.

DATES:

Comments must be filed on or before June 5, 2013.

ADDRESSES:

Interested parties may submit comments, identified by WC Docket No. 07-244 and CC Docket No. 95-116, by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Federal Communications Commission Web site: http://www.fcc.gov/​cgb/​ecfs/​. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Email: ecfs@fcc.gov, and include the following words in the body of the message, “get form.” A sample form and directions will be sent in response. Include the docket number(s) in the subject line of the message.
  • Mail: Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington DC 20554.
  • Hand Delivery/Courier: FCC Headquarters building located at 445 12th Street SW., Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554.
  • People with Disabilities: Contact the FCC to request reasonable accommodations (accessible format documents, sign language interpreters, CART, etc.) by email: FCC504@fcc.gov or phone: 202-418-0530 or TTY: 202-418-0432.

All submissions received must include the agency name and WC Docket No. 07-244 and CC Docket No. 95-116. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.fcc.gov/​cgb/​ecfs. For detailed instructions for submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kimberly Jackson, kimberly.jackson@fcc.gov or Melissa Kirkel, melissa.kirkel@fcc.gov, of the Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-1580.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This is a summary of the Commission's Public Notice, DA 13-1178, released May 22, 2013. The full text of this document is available for public inspection and copying during business hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th St. SW., Room CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. The documents may also be purchased from BCPI, telephone (202) 488-5300, facsimile (202) 488-5563, TTY (202) 488-5562, email fcc@bcpiweb.com.

In 2010, the Commission adopted LNP provisioning flows, which include a one-business day porting interval for simple ports of a subscriber's telephone number from one provider to another. In adopting these process flows, the Commission indicated that carrier-assigned passcodes for a customer's account may not be required to be supplied by a new provider in order to obtain a customer service record from another provider. The Commission also clarified that the adopted porting flows would remain in effect until the NANC recommends, and the commission approves, revised provisioning flows for the porting process. On September 19, 2012, the NANC asked the Commission to clarify that the LNP flows and recommendations adopted by the Commission in its LNP Standard Fields Order apply to all ports, not just simple ports, thereby prohibiting the use of a carrier-initiated passcode for any porting request. On December 10, 2012, the NANC asked the Commission to adopt clarifying revisions to LNP Start Printed Page 34016provisioning flows for cancellations and disconnections. The Commission seeks comment on these NANC submissions.

Initial Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 Analysis

This document seeks comment on a potential new or revised information collection requirement. If the Commission adopts any new or revised information collection requirement, the Commission will publish a separate notice in the Federal Register inviting the public to comment on the requirement, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). In addition, pursuant to the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, Public Law 107-198, see 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(4), the Commission seeks specific comment on how it might “further reduce the information collection burden for small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees.

Pursuant to §§ 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR 1.415, 1.419, interested parties may file comments and reply comments on or before the date indicated on the first page of this document. Comments may be filed using the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121 (1998).

  • Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet to access the ECFS: http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/​ecfs2/​.
  • Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing. If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding, filers must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.

Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission's Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

  • All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission's Secretary must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St. SW., Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes must be disposed of before entering the building.
  • Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
  • U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554.

People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an email to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).

This matter shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in accordance with the Commission's ex parte rules. Persons making ex parte presentations must file a copy of any written presentation or a memorandum summarizing any oral presentation within two business days after the presentation (unless a different deadline applicable to the Sunshine period applies). Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentation must (1) list all persons attending or otherwise participating in the meeting at which the ex parte presentation was made, and (2) summarize all data presented and arguments made during the presentation. If the presentation consisted in whole or in part of the presentation of data or arguments already reflected in the presenter's written comments, memoranda or other filings in the proceeding, the presenter may provide citations to such data or arguments in his or her prior comments, memoranda, or other filings (specifying the relevant page and/or paragraph numbers where such data or arguments can be found) in lieu of summarizing them in the memorandum. Documents shown or given to Commission staff during ex parte meetings are deemed to be written ex parte presentations and must be filed consistent with rule § 1.1206(b). In proceedings governed by rule § 1.49(f) or for which the Commission has made available a method of electronic filing, written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing oral ex parte presentations, and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment filing system available for that proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt, searchable .pdf). Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission's ex parte rules.

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Federal Communications Commission.

Lisa Gelb,

Deputy Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau.

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[FR Doc. 2013-13409 Filed 6-5-13; 8:45 am]

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