The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio hosted the third Ohio Local Number Portability Workshop on November 13, 1996 The meeting was presided over by Chair, Terry Appenzeller and Staff member Scott Potter. UPDATES on PUCO, FCC, & NANC Mr. Potter informed the workshop that the Commission had been apprised of the current progress and status of the workshop. He noted that the Commission, had not to this date voiced any major concerns. However, he did note that there was some discussion of the workshop decision basing the LNP conversion plan on switch location as opposed to subscriber location. Mr. Appenzeller briefed the workshop on the recent meetings of the NANC and the LNP working group of the NANC. The NANC LNP working group is to be co-Chaired by Mr. Appenzeller and Woody Kerkeslager of AT&T. Updates on the NANC and its working groups can be found on the FCC Web page at "www.fcc.gov" under the Common Carrier Bureau section. This page will also contain a link to the ICC workshop web page ("www.ported.com"). Additionally, Mr. Appenzeller gave the workshop his best guess as to when the FCC would rule on the reconsideration requests and how those rulings might look. LNP Pick Lists Mr. Potter distributed the Master "Pick From" lists to the new entrants present at the workshop. There was discussion of how the selection process would proceed and how Staff would merge each new entrants selection into a prioritized implementation list. The following was agreed upon: 1. All facilities-based new entrants who have a need for number portability within Phase 1 of the Ohio workshop process, must have their "Pick From" list returned to Mr. Potter no later than January 6, 1996. This is the absolute deadline for inclusion in the Phase 1 conversion. 2. It is expected that all new entrants making switch selections will make an honest good faith appraisal of their short-term LNP needs, and not request switch conversions on a scale beyond their best guess of short-term facilities-based service offering. In the event that Staff finds one or more new entrants have made widespread switch selections that appear to be beyond our understanding of the new entrant's short-term service plans, this issue will have to be addressed further. Mr. Potter suggested that in this event, the Commission would likely become involved and Staff would probably recommend that new entrants be required to submit substantial documentation to support their LNP requests. Mr. Potter noted that if it is necessary to go to this step, LNP availability would likely be delayed for all new entrants. 3. Pick lists can be submitted in either hard copy or digital format. Both hard copy forms and disk forms were distributed by Mr. Potter. Staff will only accept Pick Lists on the standardized forms. Mr. Potter requested that if a new entrant has more than a few switch picks, that they try to submit their Pick List in digital format. 4. New entrants should simply indicate the switches they need converted without any prioritization. Staff will developed a prioritized list based on the number of requests for each switch. Staff will also take note of any new entrants who have relatively few switch requests and whether those switch requests represent unique requests. In these cases, Staff will give additional weight to these requests to prevent all new entrants entering the market on a very limited basis who might be the only new entrant in an area from falling to the bottom of the prioritized schedule. 5. It was clarified that the Ohio workshop Phase 1 and Phase 2 are not to be confused with the FCC's schedule for the top 100 MSAs. Phase 1 is the opportunity for new entrants to request, upfront, the initial set of switches which will be converted to LNP. Phase 2 which may follow directly on the heels of Phase 1, is for carriers to make individual requests to specific LECs for LNP. Requests made during Phase 2 will be met according to a timeframe based on the technical status of the network and switch requested. This Phase 2 timeframe has not been finally agreed to at this time. Regional LLC and Operations Committee Mr. Appenzeller also updated the workshop on the progress of the development of a regional LLC. The next regional LLC meeting is Nov. 22 in Detroit. This is a meeting for business strategy persons of any carrier that might be considering joining/or has an interest in the development of the regional LLC. Mr. Appenzeller noted that there is already a tentative agreement as to the cost allocation to the member companies. Barry Bishop, Chair of the ICC workshop Operations Committee, updated the Ohio workshop on the effort to build a regional Operations committee. Mr. Bishop and Mr. Appenzeller stressed that it is imperative for all interested parties to immediately begin attending the regional meetings if they wish their organization to have a voice in the development of the regional LNP system that all will be subjected to in the near future. If anyone wishes to get more information on the regional Operations committee, please contact Mr. Bishop at "email@example.com" STAFF ADVISEMENT: The Ohio Workshop is a Commission order process that was meant to be the forum in which the implementation issues of Ohio LNP would be decided. The Ohio workshop has decided to participate in the developing regional system. Any carrier with an interest in having a voice in the development of the system they will be expected to operate under should immediately get involved in these regional meetings (especially the LLC and Operations committee meetings). It is likely that the Ohio workshop will conclude after the January meeting. Next Meeting The next meeting is scheduled for January 9th, 1997 at 10:30AM in the PUCO offices.