FCC Looking to Enable Nationwide Number Portability
The FCC wants to make it easier for consumers and businesses to port their number from one carrier to another. People can already bring their number with them when they change carriers, but there are location-based limitations that sometimes prevent porting from one area of the country to another. The FCC wants to erase the location-based limits so people can bring their number with them no matter where they go. "Nationwide number portability would benefit consumers and competition in many ways," said the agency. "It would level the playing field for small wireless providers, which often can’t port in a number originating from a location where they lack facilities. It would eliminate disparities that make wireline and VoIP porting more limited than wireless porting. And it would increase network efficiency in an era where all-distance calling is the norm." The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and is seeking comment on the idea. It wants to hear from industry players with respect to the regulatory and technological issues that may need to be surmounted in order to bring number portability to all carriers nationwide.
FCC to Help People with Reassigned Numbers Avoid Robocalls
The FCC today said it hopes to help people escape robocalls. Specifically, the FCC is targeting numbers that previously agreed to receive robocalls but have been reassigned to new people or businesses.
FCC to Approve AT&T-DirecTV Tie-Up with Conditions
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has recommended to his fellow commissioners that the agency approve AT&T's proposed acquisition of DirecTV. The Chairman said AT&T will have to meet several net neutrality-based conditions in order to garner final approval.
FCC Wants All Cell Phones Hearing Aid Compatible
The FCC today expanded the scale of hearing aid compatibility in cell phones to include IP-based communications, such as WiFi and VoLTE. AT&T and Verizon Wireless recently sought and received waivers to offer WiFi calling along with an alternate to the legacy technology called RTT (real-time text).
FCC Pushes Privacy Rules Forward
The FCC on Thursday followed through on plans to tackle consumer privacy. The agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to govern the use of consumer data by broadband providers, both wired and wireless.