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FCC - 2048 - North American Numbering Council - Agency Authority


Committee NameNorth American Numbering CouncilAgency NameFederal Communications Commission
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number2048
Original Establishment Date8/22/1995Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date9/16/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DFO
Date Of Renewal Charter9/16/2021Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Marilyn
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityAgency decisionDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Jones
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency decisionDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 418-2357
Effective Date Of Authority*8/22/1995Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 418-1413
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteExempt: Independent Regulatory AgencyDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The purpose of the NANC is to advise the Federal Communications Commission on numbering matters and to make recommendations, reached through consensus, that foster efficient and impartial North American Numbering Plan (NANP) administration. To accomplish its purpose, the Council met six times during FY 2019, while the NANC’s working groups and subcommittees met numerous times during this period. The various groups (Numbering Administration Oversight Working Group (FCC Contract Oversight Sub-Committee, Local Number Portability Oversight Sub-Committee); Call Authentication Trust Anchor (CATA) Issues Working Group; Toll Free Modernization Issues Working Group; National Number Portability (NNP) Issues Working Group (NNP Technical Sub-Committee); and the Interoperable Video Calling Working Group) discussed and developed recommendations on issues such as the feasibility of establishing a 3-digit dialing code for a National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Hotline System; the technical requirements for proposals for a National Local Routing Number or an Internet Protocol Local Routing Number to implement Nationwide Number Portability; and the steps necessary to offer interoperable video calling services.
How is membership balanced?*The NANC has achieved a well-balanced membership by including representatives from every sector of the telecommunications industry, as well as representatives of NANP member countries, state regulators, and consumers. Industry representatives come from competitive local exchange carriers, incumbent local exchange carriers, wireless carriers, cable service providers, toll free service providers, voice over internet service providers, equipment manufacturers, and wireless, wireline and cable trade associations.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*We expect that there will be no more than four council meetings per year. In addition, interim conference call meetings are held as necessary. Meetings address current number administration issues that have competitive significance to the telecommunications industry.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Commission needs consensus advice from the industry on number administration issues so that it can make timely, informed decisions affecting competition in the telecommunications industry. The NANC is important to this process in that it facilitates industry consensus on complex numbering matters and provides initial dispute resolution. By developing a reliable technical record on difficult numbering issues, the Council can greatly expedite the Commission's policy and rulemaking functions.
Why close or partially close meetings?The portion of a meeting which involves the disclosure of trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person that is privileged or confidential, is subject to the Government in the Sunshine Act (GISA), which permits closure of meetings. Otherwise, all NANC meetings are open to the public. See GISA Section 552b(c)(4).
Recommendation RemarksThe NANC is supported by five major working groups and their related subcommittees. Their work is critical to the NANC recommendation process, which assists the Commission with its goals as outlined in the Administration of the North American Numbering Plan, Report and Order, CC Docket 92-237 and Local Number Portability, CC Docket 95-116, Second Report and Order. The groups include the following: Numbering Administration Oversight Working Group (FCC Contract Oversight Sub-Committee, Local Number Portability Oversight Sub-Committee); Call Authentication Trust Anchor Issues Working Group; Toll Free Modernization Issues Working Group; National Number Portability (NNP) Issues Working Group (NNP Technical Sub-Committee); and the Interoperable Video Calling Working Group. The NANC charter was renewed on September 16, 2019. Letters were mailed to the appropriate congressional officials, informing them of the committee's new charter termination date of September 16, 2021.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentModifications to the NANPA and PA contract are implemented pursuant to NANC recommendations.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*112Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentAt least 112 recommendations have been produced by the committee for the life of the committee. This information is based on the last 18 years of annual reporting.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*45.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentIt is difficult to estimate without undertaking an extensive review. However, based on the last 3-4 years of annual reporting, we believe that the percentage of the recommendations implemented is 40-50%.Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*15.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentIt is difficult to estimate without undertaking an extensive review. However, based on the last 3-4 years of annual reporting, we believe that the percentage of the recommendations partially implemented is 10-20%.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentFederal Register; FCC North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) web site -; and
Agency Feedback CommentThe agency provides feedback through the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) or through correspondence between the Commission and the NANC.Narrative Description*The Federal Communications Commission (Commission) is responsible to Congress and the American people for ensuring that an orderly framework exists within which communications products and services can be quickly and reasonably provided to consumers and businesses. In support of this mission, one of the Commission's goals is to support the Nation's economy by ensuring that there is a comprehensive and sound competitive framework for communications services. The North American Numbering Plan (NANP) is the basic numbering scheme that permits interoperable telecommunications service within the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and most of the Caribbean. The NANP provides a framework for assigning the telephone numbers upon which those services depend for permitting calls throughout the U.S. and international calls among member countries to be completed without the need to dial international access codes and international country codes. These numbers are a public resource, and are not the property of the carriers or their subscribers. Access to numbering resources is critical to entities desiring to participate in the telecommunications industry. An adequate source of telephone numbers, available through a uniform numbering plan, is essential to provide consumers with efficient access to new telecommunications services and technologies and to support continued growth of an economy increasingly dependent upon those services and technologies. Telephone numbers are the means by which businesses and consumers gain access to, and reap the benefits of, the public switched telephone network. These benefits cannot be fully realized, however, unless numbering resources of the NANP are administered in a fair and efficient manner. The purpose of the North American Numbering Council (NANC) is to advise the Commission and to make recommendations, reached through consensus, that foster efficient and impartial NANP administration. The NANC advises the Commission on numbering policy and technical issues, initially resolves disputes as directed by the Commission, and provides guidance to the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), the Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA), and the Pooling Administrator (PA), as directed by the Commission. In carrying out its responsibilities, the Council assures that NANP administration supports the following policy objectives: (1) that the NANP facilitates entry into the communications marketplace by making numbering resources available on an efficient, timely basis to communications service providers; (2) that the NANP does not unduly favor or disfavor any particular industry segment or group of consumers; (3) that the NANP does not unduly favor or disfavor one technology over another; (4) that the NANP gives consumers easy access to the public switched telephone network; and (5) that the NANP ensures that the interests of all NANP member countries are addressed fairly and efficiently, fostering continued integration of the NANP across NANP member countries.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff*$432,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$454,518.00
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs$1,100.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$1,100.00
Total Costs$433,100.00Est. Total Next FY*$455,618.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*3.51Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*3.51
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032809North American Numbering Council2018
 COM-001492North American Numbering Council2017
 COM-002551North American Numbering Council2016
 COM-003627North American Numbering Council2015
 COM-004654North American Numbering Council2014
 COM-005965North American Numbering Council2013
 COM-007053North American Numbering Council2012
 COM-008099North American Numbering Council2011
 COM-008956North American Numbering Council2010
 COM-009992North American Numbering Council2009
 COM-010877North American Numbering Council2008
 COM-012045North American Numbering Council2007
 COM-012916North American Numbering Council2006
 COM-013881North American Numbering Council2005
 COM-014631North American Numbering Council2004
 COM-015844North American Numbering Council2003
 COM-016611North American Numbering Council2002
 COM-017564North American Numbering Council2001
 COM-018551North American Numbering Council2000
 COM-019745North American Numbering Council1999
 COM-020440North American Numbering Council1998
 COM-021403North American Numbering Council1997