Monday, August 25, 2003

FCC to decide if phone numbers can move from land to wireless

"Taking any phone number with you wherever you move is a new twist to the number portability rules being scrutinized by federal regulators."

[...]

"Most of the wireless industry has focused on what will happen once customers can take their numbers with them when moving from one cell phone provider to another.

"But the question of moving numbers from traditional wired service to wireless falls into a gray area that awaits clarification that FCC officials say will be given before the Nov. 24 portability deadline."

[...]

"The FCC is weighing the arguments and will provide industry guidance before Nov. 24, said John Muleta, chief of the FCC's wireless bureau."

This could absolutely turn the telecom industry upside down. As in, no more area codes and probably thus long distance charges.

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