TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Vonage Number Portability

Re: Vonage Number Portability

Randal Hayes (
Thu, 17 Mar 2005 12:09:28 -0600

My guess is that very simply none of the VOIP providers have the
systems installed or capability to perform number portability, so it
has to be done in concert with an ILEC or CLEC which does have the
system and capability in place.

ILECs and CLECs put systems in place to be able to perform number
porting, and the FCC allowed them to recover their costs of doing so
via the Local Number Portability surcharge (which I believe is also
being used to produce some additional revenue, but that's another
discussion). To my knowledge, none of the strictly VOIP providers
have these systems in place or plan to do so in the reasonable

This brings-up a question for me regarding the efforts to have VOIP
providers be able to receive telephone numbers directly from the
NANPA, rather than having to get them from an ILEC or CLEC. I'm
presuming this would simply complicate the porting process, but then
again maybe it's just a matter of the procedure for porting numbers
from a VOIP provider requiring more steps in the process..

Randy Hayes
University of Northern Iowa

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