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  1. #1
    PDA Man
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    I thought everyone would enjoy this ONE LAST TIME!!

    WASHINGTON-The wireline industry quickly ran to federal appeals court Friday
    morning after the Federal Communications Commission late Thursday turned
    down a request to delay wireless local number portability.
    "In the past, the FCC repeatedly has expressed its commitment to portability
    rules that are efficient and fair, so they are not a source of competitive
    advantage for one platform or another. By rushing out a one-sided rule that
    encourages only landline-to-wireless transfers, that promise was broken.
    USTA is working to ensure consumers have a real choice and local telecoms
    have the opportunity to compete rather than rules that simply tell them they
    can't," said Walter B. McCormick Jr., president and chief executive officer
    of the United States Telecom Association.

    The wireless industry cried foul.

    "Allowing this desperate attempt at delay will only confuse consumers and
    serve to limit competition. We hope the courts will side with consumers and
    deny the landline companies' anti-competitive, anti-consumer request for a
    stay," said Steve Largent, president and chief executive officer of the
    Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association. "On at least five
    separate occasions, the FCC has made absolutely clear that it was ordering
    wireless number portability for the twin purposes of promoting competition
    among wireless carriers and between the wireless and wireline industries."

    The FCC adhered to USTA's demand that it rule by Thursday whether it was
    going to delay wireline-to-wireless porting until it figures out how to make
    it possible for most people to port from wireless to wireline.

    "We continue to believe that our actions contained in the Intermodal LNP
    Order are lawful and supported by the record. The showings made by USTA are
    repetitive of matters specifically considered and rejected by the FCC," said
    the commission. "Intermodal number porting is a two-way obligation. Indeed,
    wireline carriers can port in some wireless numbers today. Moreover, a
    wireline carrier may compete to win back a customer who ported his home
    telephone number to a wireless carrier, provided that customer has remained
    at the same location. While there are circumstances under which a wireless
    carrier need not port a number to a requesting wireline carrier (i.e. where
    the wireless carrier seeks to port a number to a wireline telephone falling
    in a different rate center), the FCC has sought comment on how to facilitate
    wireless-to-wireline porting."

    USTA's emergency stay request came one week after four rural wireline
    carriers also asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
    Circuit for an emergency stay.

    The rural arguments are slightly different, focusing instead on routing a
    call from the rural carrier's rate center-geographic distinctions used by
    state regulators and landline phone companies to determine how much to
    charge for carrying a call-to a rate center of a different company.
    Currently, a long-distance carrier must connect calls that leave the rural
    telco's rate center to the other end, and the customer is charged for the
    call. But the FCC said that if the ported number is calling a telephone
    number in the rate center of its original carrier, it must be considered a
    local call.

    The D.C. Circuit has reportedly requested a quick briefing schedule leading
    some to believe a ruling could come this weekend.

    But if all of that fails, some states have granted some rural wireline
    carriers limited relief.

    WSIS-TV Channel 10 of Columbia, S.C., reported that South Carolina
    regulators have halted the rules for customers in Columbia and Charleston,
    S.C.

    The Telecommunications Act allows state regulators to stall federal rules
    from being enforced for no more than six months for carriers that service
    less than 2 percent of the access lines while state regulators consider the
    telcos' arguments.

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  2. #2
    DSL GURU
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    Re: NEWS: Wireline Ind. Runs to Court Friday to Stop LNP

    I just heard on the radio, the Judge threw it out.



  3. #3
    Trimodeman
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    Re: Wireline Ind. Runs to Court Friday to Stop LNP

    This is just riduculous. The wireline industry ought to be embarrassed. And
    as for SC regulators, they have cave to Bell South money and pressure. What
    they are protecting is not the rural carriers they claim they are
    protection. The areas where they stayed the rules (Charleston and Columbia)
    are RBOC (regional bell holding companies), not serviced by the rural
    carriers they claim to protect. That is riduculous and consumers in SC
    ought to raise hell with the regulators. Wireline carriers have had a
    virtual monopoly for over a century. They have had a long time to prepare
    for this day and now they want to be crybabies and get the government, the
    regulators, and their lawyers to protect them.


    "PDA Man" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > I thought everyone would enjoy this ONE LAST TIME!!
    >
    > WASHINGTON-The wireline industry quickly ran to federal appeals court

    Friday
    > morning after the Federal Communications Commission late Thursday turned
    > down a request to delay wireless local number portability.
    > "In the past, the FCC repeatedly has expressed its commitment to

    portability
    > rules that are efficient and fair, so they are not a source of competitive
    > advantage for one platform or another. By rushing out a one-sided rule

    that
    > encourages only landline-to-wireless transfers, that promise was broken.
    > USTA is working to ensure consumers have a real choice and local telecoms
    > have the opportunity to compete rather than rules that simply tell them

    they
    > can't," said Walter B. McCormick Jr., president and chief executive

    officer
    > of the United States Telecom Association.
    >
    > The wireless industry cried foul.
    >
    > "Allowing this desperate attempt at delay will only confuse consumers and
    > serve to limit competition. We hope the courts will side with consumers

    and
    > deny the landline companies' anti-competitive, anti-consumer request for a
    > stay," said Steve Largent, president and chief executive officer of the
    > Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association. "On at least five
    > separate occasions, the FCC has made absolutely clear that it was ordering
    > wireless number portability for the twin purposes of promoting competition
    > among wireless carriers and between the wireless and wireline industries."
    >
    > The FCC adhered to USTA's demand that it rule by Thursday whether it was
    > going to delay wireline-to-wireless porting until it figures out how to

    make
    > it possible for most people to port from wireless to wireline.
    >
    > "We continue to believe that our actions contained in the Intermodal LNP
    > Order are lawful and supported by the record. The showings made by USTA

    are
    > repetitive of matters specifically considered and rejected by the FCC,"

    said
    > the commission. "Intermodal number porting is a two-way obligation.

    Indeed,
    > wireline carriers can port in some wireless numbers today. Moreover, a
    > wireline carrier may compete to win back a customer who ported his home
    > telephone number to a wireless carrier, provided that customer has

    remained
    > at the same location. While there are circumstances under which a wireless
    > carrier need not port a number to a requesting wireline carrier (i.e.

    where
    > the wireless carrier seeks to port a number to a wireline telephone

    falling
    > in a different rate center), the FCC has sought comment on how to

    facilitate
    > wireless-to-wireline porting."
    >
    > USTA's emergency stay request came one week after four rural wireline
    > carriers also asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
    > Circuit for an emergency stay.
    >
    > The rural arguments are slightly different, focusing instead on routing a
    > call from the rural carrier's rate center-geographic distinctions used by
    > state regulators and landline phone companies to determine how much to
    > charge for carrying a call-to a rate center of a different company.
    > Currently, a long-distance carrier must connect calls that leave the rural
    > telco's rate center to the other end, and the customer is charged for the


    > call. But the FCC said that if the ported number is calling a telephone
    > number in the rate center of its original carrier, it must be considered a
    > local call.
    >
    > The D.C. Circuit has reportedly requested a quick briefing schedule

    leading
    > some to believe a ruling could come this weekend.
    >
    > But if all of that fails, some states have granted some rural wireline
    > carriers limited relief.
    >
    > WSIS-TV Channel 10 of Columbia, S.C., reported that South Carolina
    > regulators have halted the rules for customers in Columbia and Charleston,
    > S.C.
    >
    > The Telecommunications Act allows state regulators to stall federal rules
    > from being enforced for no more than six months for carriers that service
    > less than 2 percent of the access lines while state regulators consider

    the
    > telcos' arguments.
    >
    > --
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    > Wireless Technology News and Info! Free Drawing for Aluminum Palm /Clie
    > case!!
    >
    >






  4. #4
    DSL GURU
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    Re: Wireline Ind. Runs to Court Friday to Stop LNP

    The Judge did throw it out. Here is a link:

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp.../nm/20031122/b
    s_nm/telecoms_portability_dc&sid=95573419