FCC 52.19 Revised as of October 1, 2014
Goto Year:2013 |
§ 52.19 Area code relief.
(a) State commissions may resolve matters involving the introduction of
new area codes within their states. Such matters may include, but are
not limited to: Directing whether area code relief will take the form
of a geographic split, an overlay area code, or a boundary realignment;
establishing new area code boundaries; establishing necessary dates for
the implementation of area code relief plans; and directing public
education efforts regarding area code changes.
(b) State commissions may perform any or all functions related to
initiation and development of area code relief plans, so long as they
act consistently with the guidelines enumerated in this part, and
subject to paragraph (b)(2) of this section. For the purposes of this
paragraph, initiation and development of area code relief planning
encompasses all functions related to the implementation of new area
codes that were performed by central office code administrators prior
to February 8, 1996. Such functions may include: declaring that the
area code relief planning process should begin; convening and
conducting meetings to which the telecommunications industry and the
public are invited on area code relief for a particular area code; and
developing the details of a proposed area code relief plan or plans.
(1) The entity or entities designated by the Commission to serve as
central office code administrator(s) shall initiate and develop area
code relief plans for each area code in each state that has not
notified such entity or entities, pursuant to paragraph (b)(2) of this
section, that the state will handle such functions.
(2) Pursuant to paragraph (b)(1) of this section, a state commission
must notify the entity or entities designated by the Commission to
serve as central office code administrator(s) for its state that such
state commission intends to perform matters related to initiation and
development of area code relief planning efforts in its state.
Notification shall be written and shall include a description of the
specific functions the state commission intends to perform. Where the
NANP Administrator serves as the central office code administrator,
such notification must be made within 120 days of the selection of the
(c) New area codes may be introduced through the use of:
(1) A geographic area code split, which occurs when the geographic area
served by an area code in which there are few or no central office
codes left for assignment is split into two or more geographic parts;
(2) An area code boundary realignment, which occurs when the boundary
lines between two adjacent area codes are shifted to allow the transfer
of some central office codes from an area code for which central office
codes remain unassigned to an area code for which few or no central
office codes are left for assignment; or
(3) An all services area code overlay, which occurs when a new area
code is introduced to serve the same geographic area as one or more
existing area code(s), subject to the following conditions:
(i) No all services area code overlay may be implemented unless all
numbering resources in the new overlay area code are assigned to those
entities requesting assignment on a first-come, first-serve basis,
regardless of the identity of, technology used by, or type of service
provided by that entity, except to the extent that a technology- or
service-specific overlay is authorized by the Commission. No group of
telecommunications carriers shall be excluded from assignment of
numbering resources in the existing area code, or be assigned such
resources only from the all services overlay area code, based solely on
that group's provision of a specific type of telecommunications service
or use of a particular technology; and
(ii) No area code overlay may be implemented unless there exists, at
the time of implementation, mandatory ten-digit dialing for every
telephone call within and between all area codes in the geographic area
covered by the overlay area code.
(4) A technology-specific or service-specific overlay, which occurs
when a new area code is introduced to serve the same geographic area as
one or more existing area code(s) and numbering resources in the new
area code overlay are assigned to a specific technology(ies) or
service(s). State commissions may not implement a technology-specific
or service-specific overlay without express authority from the
[ 61 FR 47353 , Sept. 6, 1996, as amended at 64 FR 63617 , Nov. 16, 1998;
64 FR 62984 , Nov. 18, 1999; 67 FR 6434 , Feb. 12, 2002]
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Subpart C--Number Portability
Source: 61 FR 38637 , July 25, 1996, unless otherwise noted.
Redesignated at 61 FR 47353 , Sept. 6, 1996.
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