The second meeting of the Michigan number portability
workshop was held from 10:00 am to 2:30 p.m. on July 15, 1996
in Lansing, Michigan. Terry Appenzeller from Ameritech provided
the agenda and the opening statements.
In attendance :
Terry Appenzeller Ameritech Woody Traylor MCIMETRO
Larry Neeper Brooks Fiber Comm. Dee Branch Ameritech
John Tate GTE Bill Riggan TCG
Tim Collins Continental Tele. Hal Hively GTE
Larry Little GTE John Mahoney Perot Systems
Denise Hardaway Ameritech Geoff Wilbur M.E.C.A
Barry Bishop Ameritech Jack Scott TCG
Scott Stevenson T.A.M. Dan Gonos Winstar
Judy Evans AT&T
Bob Reynolds Ameritech
Terry Appenzeller provided an overview of the FCC's
recent order on number portability. A copy of the presentation
is included as Attachment A. The presentation included the following:
Mr. Appenzeller pointed out that LRN is the architecture
of choice by the industry and many states. It meets the minimum
performance criteria (including the efficient use of numbers,
no unreasonable degradation in service, quality, or network reliability,
and does not require end users to change telephone numbers).
Deployment in the top 100 US MSAs will begin in 4Q97 with completion
by the end of 1998. After that time each LEC must make long-term
number portability available in smaller MSAs within six months
after a specific request. The order requires incumbent LECs as
well as new entrants to comply (rural telephone companies can
apply for an exemption per SEC 251(f) of TA 96). Wireless providers
must comply by June 30, 1999. A neutral third party database
administrator must be selected and Illinois will conduct a field
trial to conclude no later than August 31, 1997. Comments for
the further notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) are due August
16, with replies due September 16, 1996.
The following issues were discussed at the meeting
and will be further discussed at the August 23 meeting:
A. The legal entity to utilize for Michigan LNP
Workshop. Judy Evans (AT&T) provided a handout highlighting
the key elements of the Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) being
used for the Illinois LNP.,see Attachment B. Per request, also
attached is an article from the June issue of the Hemispheres
magazine providing a general description of an LLC.
B. Copies of a draft Michigan Public Service Commission
Joint Petition were distributed for review by the participants
of the workshop; Attachment C. Modification or acceptance of
draft ( which was copied from the Illinois LNP ) for the Michigan
LNP to be discussed in the next meeting.
C. Reports from the Illinois LNP Workshop Subcommittees
Leaders will be the main item on the agenda for the August 23
meeting. Subcommittee reports will include responsibilities,
time lines, open issues, accomplishments and recommendations.
A. The Implementation Plan will consist of the following:
1. The Michigan LNP Workshop members will identify
which offices and the priority of the offices within the MSAs
long term number portability will be scheduled. This will be
done following the consolidation and distribution of the Ameritech
Michigan and GTE Exchange Name and ClLLI Code list is complete
and distributed. (This list will be available at the August 23
Action Item 1: All participants
should review the draft joint petition. A decision should be
made on the adoption of the Illinois based sample or a modified
Action Item 2: Ameritech
Michigan and GTE to provide Michigan office information to Pamela
Criner for consolidation which will be used for prioritization
of offices by the workshop members.
On Thursday August 22, 1996 starting at 12:00
Noon the Hospitality Suite at the Grand Traverse Resort
in Traverse City, Michigan will be available for our use. The
LNP Workshop meeting will start on Friday at 9:00 a.m. with
a continental breakfast available at 8:30 a.m.
Meeting dates were set for the remainder of 1996.:
Wednesday, September 25 in Traverse City, Tuesday, October
22 in Detroit and November 21 in Detroit.
Notes for this meeting were prepared by Pamela Criner, Ameritech, telephone number 847-248-3521.