The Regulatory Mix, TMI’s daily blog of regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court, issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of a TMI Regulatory Bulletin.
New LNPA Vendor
The FCC is seeking comment on the North American Numbering Council’s (NANC) recommendation to select Telcordia Technologies, Inc. d/b/a/ iconectiv (Telcordia) as the vendor to serve as the next local number portability administrator (LNPA). Comments on the recommendation, as well as the materials submitted in support of the recommendation are due July 10, 2014; reply comments are due July 25, 2014. The vendor recommendation and the accompanying investigative reports were submitted as confidential information. Therefore, copies of these materials are only available pursuant to a Protective Order released simultaneously with the Public Notice. The existing LNPA contract with Neustar will expire on June 30, 2015.
Consumer Support Line
The FCC launched a video consumer support service, the ASL Consumer Support Line, specifically designed to enable consumers who are deaf and hard of hearing to engage in a direct video call with a consumer specialist at the FCC. The ASL Consumer Specialist will be able to: (1) assist consumers with filing informal complaints; and (2) help them obtain information in response to inquiries on a wide range of disability-related matters, such as telecommunications relay service (TRS), closed captioning and access to emergency information on television, and general telecommunication matters, such as slamming, Do-Not-Call telemarketing violations and broadband services. The Support Line’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).
The FCC is seeking comment on a petition filed by T-Mobile USA, Inc. for an expedited declaratory ruling that would provide guidance on the criteria used for determining whether the terms of a data roaming agreement meet the “commercially reasonable” standard set forth in the FCC’s data roaming rule (47 CFR §20.12(e)). T-Mobile contends that providers need this guidance to evaluate the commercial reasonableness of terms offered in individual negotiations and to reach agreements. Comments are due July 10, 2014; reply comments are due August 11, 2014.
§20.12(e) requires facilities-based providers of commercial mobile data services to offer roaming arrangements to other such providers on “commercially reasonable terms and conditions.”