FCC says VoIP providers must offer number portability

07 November 2007

FCC ruling brings VoIP service providers one step closer to becoming full-fledged phone companies

Last week, the FCC issued a ruling that takes VoIP service providersone step closer to becoming (dare we say) full-fledged phone companiesby requiring that the VoIP providers offer local number portability.The decision was adopted unanimously.

With the ruling, the FCC issued a statement that said by including VoIPproviders in extending their mandate it will further ensure consumersopportunity to choose a telephone service provider based on quality,price and service. According to the FCC, their action was, in part, aresponse to numerous complaints by consumers about their inability toport numbers to or from interconnected VoIP providers. 

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