FCC: Soon You Can Port Any Number

Wireless porting is taken for granted but local telco and VoIP porting can be troublesome. According to the FCC:

Nationwide number portability would benefit consumers and competition in many ways.  It would level the playing field for small wireless providers, which often can’t port in a number originating from a location where they lack facilities.  It would eliminate disparities that make wireline and VoIP porting more limited than wireless porting.  And it would increase network efficiency in an era where all-distance calling is the norm.

In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry, the FCC is seeking comment on the regulatory and technological changes that would be required to implement complete

nationwide number portability between all service providers, regardless of size or type. Because the transition to complete nationwide number portability will require extensive work, collaboration and support by all parties involved, the Notice proposes taking an incremental approach.

So there you have it. If this goes through, the joys of near-instant number porting will come to all phones – regardless of region or technology. How will this make your life easier? If you have any number porting horror stories, share them below.

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