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FCC and Area Codes?

By eann in News
Tue Apr 25, 2000 at 01:00:26 PM EST
Tags: Technology (all tags)

The North American Numbering Plan Administration is the group that doles out area codes to the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, and various territories of those nations. Back in February, they announced four new codes for Michigan. This week, there are letters posted saying the FCC has questioned the authority of NANPA and the Michigan telecommunications industry to implement relief measures for the overcrowded area codes.

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See Planning Letters 226 and 227 for a little more detail, and 209 and 212 (now amended) for the original announcements.

While I don't live in Michigan, nor do I even really know anyone there to call, I'm curious about the breakdown in this process, and how this will affect the future of the telecom industry (I, like most of you, have participated in the bloat of phone-number space).

  1. There's nothing about this (that I've seen) on the FCC site. Why do they even care?
  2. Since it's not clear from NANPA's letters, what is the MI Public Service Commission's role in all this? Did they complain to the FCC that the telecom companies and NANPA had started this process without their approval (and if so, is this a bunch of petty bureaucrats exercising what little authority they have just to make someone's life more difficult)?
  3. The normal relief schedule is to strictly limit the assignment of exchanges (the three digits after the area code) while they're most scarce. Is it now the case that NANPA and participating telcos, in "suspending relief activities", have also stopped being stingy, at the possible expense of telcos and customers alike? Who'll be the unlucky person to get "Sorry, you can't have phone service right now. You'll have to wait for the FCC to allow the telephone company to implement a new area code first."?


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FCC and Area Codes? | 8 comments (8 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Rounding down from +0.25. It might... (none / 0) (#2)
by marlowe on Tue Apr 25, 2000 at 09:39:48 AM EST

marlowe voted 0 on this story.

Rounding down from +0.25. It might be of interest to geeks, but it's a stretch.
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seems interesting... (none / 0) (#5)
by theswindle on Tue Apr 25, 2000 at 09:45:06 AM EST

theswindle voted 1 on this story.

seems interesting

Does this mean that to get a new ar... (none / 0) (#1)
by Greener on Tue Apr 25, 2000 at 10:39:55 AM EST

Greener voted 1 on this story.

Does this mean that to get a new area code in Canada we now have to get the approval of the American FCC? I don't like where this is going. Another step in America's quest to control the world.

Bother, he guessed it (none / 0) (#6)
by End on Tue Apr 25, 2000 at 02:32:16 PM EST

It's all moot really. Maybe someday the FCC will have jurisdiction over what is now Canada. I'd say they have more to worry about than the FCC, though ;-)

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Re: Bother, he guessed it (none / 0) (#7)
by Anonymous Hero on Wed Apr 26, 2000 at 01:06:29 AM EST

So, what colour would you like us to paint the whitehouse before we burn it again?

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Think again buddy. (none / 0) (#8)
by Greener on Wed Apr 26, 2000 at 12:09:09 PM EST

Think again there buddy. We have already begun our retaliation. I hate to show this to an outsider but since it's to late to counter our advances I might as well point you towards our official site for Canadian world domination.

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Why does the FCC care? If they don'... (none / 0) (#3)
by End on Tue Apr 25, 2000 at 10:49:06 AM EST

End voted 1 on this story.

Why does the FCC care? If they don't like NANPA assigning new area codes, what do they propose we do instead? Sounds like pure politics to me.


It is interesting to see two regula... (none / 0) (#4)
by nip on Tue Apr 25, 2000 at 11:17:11 AM EST

nip voted 1 on this story.

It is interesting to see two regulatory groups bump heads. It will be neat to see how this works out. Obviously the FCC can't do it, I don't think Canadians would like have their area codes set by a US governmental institution.

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