The Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) voted unanimously at its October Open Meeting to initiate a notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM”) and a notice of inquiry (“NOI”) on how to facilitate nationwide number portability (“NNP”), an issue it last addressed after the passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act (the “Act”).  According to the Commission, allowing a consumer to keep their current phone number when changing providers, regardless of the size or type of service, will increase competition. Comments on the NPRM and NOI will be due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register and reply comments will be due 60 days after publication.

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This week the FCC took enforcement action against a local exchange carrier operating in Oklahoma for failing to route 911 calls to public safety authorities.  In what appears to be the first Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) issued to a telecommunications carrier for failing to provide 911 service, the FCC took an aggressive position and