227 West Monroe
Chicago, Illinois 60606
December 9, 1997
The Honorable Don R. Mueller
Administrative Law Judge
Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
302 W. Washington Street, Room E306
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Re: Order In Cause Number 39983 Issued June 25, 1997 Directs the Continuation of the Local Number
Portability (LNP) Task Force
Dear Judge Mueller:
The Number Portability Implementation Sub-Committee (Attachment A), with the assistance of the Number Portability Task Force Steering Committee and Commission staff, which is charged with implementation of Local Number Portability in the state of Indiana, hereby submits to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission the current status of issues this Sub-Committee has on its agenda. Also, the LNP Task Force has been meeting in Cause No. 39983 and acknowledges ITA's letter to the Commission dated October 10, 1997, to continue working on the implementation of local number portability. (Please see Attachment B letter from the ITA.) The next Implementation Sub-Committee meeting is scheduled to be held on January 7, 1998 at the Indiana Government Center South.
The Implementation Sub-Committee is made up of industry providers interested in testing Local Number Portability using Location Routing Number (LRN) solution in Indiana. Meetings are opened to the public and/or any interested parties. Most industry participants are/were attending steering committee meetings.
The goals and objectives of this Sub-Committee with regard to planning, testing, and implementation of Local Number Portability (LNP) using Location Routing Number (LRN) solution in the state of Indiana is to ensure that LNP/LRN implementation is thoroughly tested as part of the deployment that the FCC mandates. Additionally, that thorough planning and testing LNP implementation be seamless.
The Implementation Sub-Committee, composed of numerous Indiana Telecommunications Industry participants as indicated in Attachment A to this document, has held meetings on October 7 and November 10, 1997. Following is a list of topics currently addressed by the Implementation Sub-Committee:
LRN Technical Requirements
The first two Implementation Sub-Committee meetings focused on providing participants with presentations reviewing general LNP technical requirements and the LRN methodology specifically. Additionally, copies of the Midwest Region LNP Primer, a document created for all Midwest area LNP Service Providers by the Chairpersons of the Illinois LNP Committees, was distributed and discussed.
Operations flows outlining the local service request (LSR), internal provisioning, trouble reporting, and conflict resolution processes, which were developed by a North American Number Council (NANC) Task Force were discussed and agreed to be included in the test plan. Also included are test scenarios for the porting process, message interaction (911, CLASS, and terminating treatment), and Operator Services type calls.
Single Point of Contact/ Test Plans
It was agreed by Implementation Sub-Committee participants that a single point of contact (SPOC) is required to represent each Service Providers coordination, testing, and closing test evaluation issues. Each Service Provider was required to identify its SPOC by November 10, 1997. Listed below are the SPOCs for testing for the ILECs and CLECs.
Cincinnati MSA - Aney Chalk (Sprint) 419-775-8767
Louisville MSA - Barry Bishop (Ameritech) 312-220-8000
Indianapolis MSA - Barry Bishop
Andy Gick (GTE) 219-461-3178
Ralph McCray (Time Warner) 303-754-6128
Clyde Hamby (AT&T) 770-513-3421
Dave Health (MCI) 703-918-6892
Also distributed to meeting participants was the Illinois Field Trial data results and the scripted test plan, which has been suggested as the basis for an Indiana "strawman" test plan proposal. This test plan will be reviewed at the next meeting for detail and content. After the test plan has been reviewed and agreed upon by the Implementation Sub-Committee it will be incorporated into a test matrix.
Testing topography, the "strawman" test plan, and non-local switch identifications (i.e. Operator Services, Line Information Data Base) are to be submitted no later than the January 7, 1998, meeting. A matrix of Service Providers that will participate in the Test activity was completed at the November 10th meeting. This matrix will be used in conjunction with the topography, strawman test plan, and other information to come up with the final version of the Indiana Test Plan. (Please see Attachment C.)
A Lockheed Martin Numbering Portability Administration Center (NPAC) system overview was presented by Lockheed representatives. It was agreed that testing participants would have NPAC system arrangements tested prior to the inter-company testing. NPAC testing and readiness will be tracked on the implementation timeline.
Office Selection Lists
Unofficially the Commission Staff compiled the master list of Central Office selections. The Office Selection "Pick" Lists have been reviewed and returned to the Commission. Upon final review and validation, each Service Provider will ensure these request are Bona-fide Switch Requests (BSRs). In the future the individual list will be submitted to the Commission as proprietary information by each company. This information will be used by the Implementation Sub-Committee members to select a "test town" location. Attachment D is a current list of the offices selected in Indianapolis and Cincinnati MSAs.
A timeline is under development to identify when offices on the Selection Lists will be LNP-capable or ready-to-port. This list will become part of the Implementation timeline and is expected to be finalized at the January 7, 1998, meeting. Two MSAs which extend into the State of Indiana boundaries, Cincinnati and Louisville, will be addressed by the Implementation Sub-Committee and tracked on the Timeline as well (Attachment D). Ft. Wayne, Gary, Louisville C.O. PIC list will be forwarded once compiled.
A draft timeline for Indianapolis is being worked. It is anticipated that all sections of this timeline will be completed during the January 7, 1998, meeting. All dates will be finalized and implementation ready to begin upon completion of this timeline.
This team will not address Cost Recovery issues related to LNP Implementation, but will keep Cost Recovery awareness in mind when dealing with committee issues. Cost Recovery will be addressed at the State and Federal levels; therefore, additional Cost Recovery consideration should be at the direction of the same.
This LNP Implementation Sub-Committee respectfully submits the current status report and requests full consideration be given to the opening of the previously requested docket, referenced above, so we may continue our efforts. Further, we will continue to keep the Commission apprised of our continued issues, progress, and concerns related to Implementation of LNP in the State of Indiana. Should you or your aggregates feel that additional issues or processes require our attention please do not hesitate to provide that guidance to any of our committee representatives.
Again, our goal is to make number portability a consumer benefit, which will provide additional telecommunications options for Local services.
Barry Bishop Ralph McCray
Co-Chairman Number Portability Task Force Co-Chairman Number Portability Task Force
& Implementation Sub-Committee & Implementation Sub-Committee
Ameritech Time Warner
Co-Chairman Number Portability Task Force
& Implementation Sub-Committee
Indiana Local Number Portability Taskforce Participants
|Cellular One||Microwave Services|
|Comcast||Office of Utility Consumer Counselor|
|Communication Venture/PCS||One Call|
|Focal||Smithville Telephone Company|
|GTE Mobile/One Call||Sprint PCS|
|Hancock Rural Tel. Corp||TCG|
|ICG Telecom Group||TDS|
|Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association||Time Warner|
|Indiana Telecommunications Association||US West Enterprise|
|KMC||Washington County RTC|
Local representation for Marion County E911/IMC, and various other parties interested in implementation of Local Number Portability.
INDIANA TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION, INC.
54 MONUMENT CIRCLE - SUITE 200 - INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46204 - (317) 635 1272 - FAX (317) 635 0285 -VOICE MAIL (317) 335~5430
October 10, 1997
Honorable William D. McCarty
Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission
Indiana Government Center South
302 W. Washington, Suite E306
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dear Chairman McCarty:
As the largest industry organization representing telecommunications companies in Indiana, the Indiana Telecommunications Association (ITA) hereby requests that the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission take up certain issues with regard to the implementation of Number Portability as part of its on-going responsibilities for creating a competitive telecommunications market place in the state.
As you know, a Number Portability Task Force has been meeting since mid-1996, pursuant to IURC Cause No. 39983, planning the various steps necessary to introduce and manage Number Portability within the network. This Task Force, with the assistance of Commission staff, has successfully moved Number Portability from a concept to a workable plan. Now, however, it is necessary to take the planning stage to the implementation stage. Implementation will include all operational and cost recovery issues. Since Number Portability has evolved from planning to implementation, as envisioned in Cause No. 39983, it seems appropriate that the actual implementation issues be managed under a separate Commission docket.
For these reasons, the ITA would ask the Commission, on its own motion, to open a new docket to deal with Number Portability implementation. Provided the Commission agrees, the ITA recommends that the scope of the docket include all operational as well as cost recovery issues associated with implementing Number Portability. It is the suggestion of the ITA that a new task force be constituted at the invitation of the Commission made up of operations and finance personnel from all interested certificated companies. Some examples of these companies are: ILECs, CLECs, CAPs, IXCs and resellers. Employees of these companies or their representatives will need to work through all of the various issues necessary to allow for testing and full scale implementation of Number Portability. In addition, the ITA would anticipate that the Commission will need to make decisions with regard to the appropriate cost recovery mechanisms for such implementation. It is the recommendation of the ITA that a workshop format be utilized with appropriate Commission hearings, if needed, to deal with specific matters of policy on this topic.
On behalf of the industry, let me thank the Commission for its pro-active role to this point in developing a workable plan for the introduction of Number Portability. We look forward to its successful implementation in partnership with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
John E. Koppin, CAE
JEK/haw 1897 · A CENTURY OF SERVICE · 1997
*InterCompany Testing Matrix for Indianapolis MSA:
AT&T MCI TW TCG
Indianapolis MSA Selected Offices