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|What is the NANC?|
On October 5, 1995, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established the North American
Council (NANC), by filing its charter with Congress, to provide advice and recommendations the
FCC and other governments (including Canada and Caribbean countries) on numbering issues. As a
Federal Advisory Committee to the Commission (under Title 5, U.S.C.), one of the NANC's first
assignments was to select neutral administrators for the North American Numbering Plan (NANP)
and local number portability (LNP). Following a competitive bidding process, the NANC selected
Lockheed Martin's Communications Industry Services (now NeuStar, Inc.) to be the North American
Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) and as the Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA).
Since its inception, the Council has provided the Commission with critically important recommendations regarding numbering issues. These recommendations have addressed a myriad of issues, including wireline/wireless integration for local number portability, abbreviated dialing arrangements, the neutrality of toll free database administration and the feasibility of local number portability for 500/900 numbers. In addition, the NANC has recently made recommendations concerning methods for optimizing the use of numbering resources, the assignment of Feature Group D Carrier Identification Codes to switchless resellers, and technical specifications for a National Pooling Administrator and the North American Numbering Plan Administrator.
NANC members include representatives from local exchange carriers (LECs), interexchange carriers, wireless providers, manufacturers, state regulators, consumer groups and telecommunications associations. Quarterly meetings are held in Washington DC and are open to the public.
The NANC Chair is The Honorable Betty Kane, who serves as Chairman of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia. Ms. Kane is an experienced public official, combining over 30 years of service to the District of Columbia Government in elected and appointed positions with extensive private sector experience in regulatory, administrative, and public policy matters.
In carrying out its responsibilities, the Council will assure that NANP, Thousands-Block Pooling (“Pooling”) and LNP administration supports the following policy objectives: (1) that NANP, Pooling and LNP administration facilitates entry into the communications marketplace by making numbering resources available on an efficient, timely basis to communications service providers; (2) that NANP, Pooling and LNP administration does not unduly favor or disfavor any particular industry segment or group of consumers; (3) that NANP, Pooling and LNP administration does not unduly favor one technology over another; (4) that NANP, Pooling and LNP administration gives consumers easy access to the public switched telephone network; and (5) that NANP and LNP administration ensures that the interests of all NANP member countries are addressed fairly and efficiently, fostering continued integration of the NANP across NANP member countries.
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 businesses and consumers gain access to, and reap the benefits of, the public switched network. The Council's recommendations to the Commission facilitate fair and efficient numbering administration in North America and help ensure that numbering resources are available to all telecommunications service providers, consistent with the requirements of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
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