STATE OF INDIANA
INDIANA UTILITY REGULATORY COMMISSION
IN THE MATTER OF THE INVESTIGATION )
ON THE COMMISSIONíS OWN MOTION )
INTO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NUMBER ) CAUSE NO. 41083
PORTABILITY, PURSUANT TO SECTION 251(b)(2) )
OF THE COMMUNICATIONS ACT OF 1934, )
AS AMENDED )
Response to Docket Entry of February 17, 1998
In response to the Commissionís docket entry of February 17, 1998, the Number Portability Task Force (the "Task Force") met on Tuesday, February 24, 1998. The following is the response to the questions referred to the Task Force by the Commission.
1. Preparations for Implementation of all Affected MSAs.
INECA, that was represented at the Task Force meeting, indicated that they are preparing a response utilizing the results of a survey forwarded to their members regarding their relationships via EAS routes to the affected MSAs. They will also address the handling of queries and ported call routing . INECA represents all small incumbent local exchange carriers except for Smithville, NITCO, and West Point. Smithville, who was also represented at the Task Force meeting stated that it would respond to this question on its own behalf.
2. Further Testing.
The testing of the LNP process for the Indianapolis MSA between the incumbent LECs and the CLECs represented at the February 24th Task Force Meeting was determined. At this time, Time Warner indicated its desire to test with Ameritech and possibly GTE and Sprint on a service provider basis. The determination of test numbers and the tentative time frame for this testing process was established to begin on May 12, 1998.
Subsequent to the assignment of test numbers, all independent companies will be provided a summary of the ported test numbers for their use in testing call flow patterns and capabilities. A contact name and telephone number for each service provider involved in testing will also be provided.
3. Notification Process.
It is the Task Forceís understanding that there are two methods of notification for central office codes released for porting. One is through the LERG (Local Exchange Routing Guide). For those companies that subscribe to the LERG, notification of office code openings for porting is part of the normal update process. The second method is through the Number Portability Administration Center (" NPAC"). The NPAC will deliver a broadcast message on code openings to companies that have a direct interface to itís system. Those companies that are not subscribers to the LERG or do not have connectivity to the NPAC, can either contract with a third party to monitor code openings on their behalf or can, through contractual arrangements, obtain this information from the service provider performing LNP date base services.
An additional source of reference for this information is the North American Numbering Council ("NANC") code opening procedures which are agreed to by the industry .
Respectfully submitted this 27th day of February, 1998.