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The Use of N11 Codes and Other Abbreviated Dialing Arrangements – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Federal Communications Commission seeks comment on various abbreviated dialing arrangements that could be used by state “One Call” notification systems in compliance with the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 (the Pipeline Safety Act).   The FCC seeks comment on whether an N11 code, a code using a leading star or number sign, or another three-digit number should be assigned to comply with the Pipeline Safety Act.   They also seek comments on implementation issues such as the integration of existing One-Call Center numbers, an appropriate implementation timeframe for each proposed abbreviated dialing arrangement, and whether they should delegate authority to the state commissions to address implementation issues.   The complete Federal Register Notice can be downloaded from RCP’s website here through the DOT Gateway.

Comments may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) at FCC number 04-111 or by filing paper copies.   Paper copies should be sent to the Commission’s Secretary, Marlene H. Dortch, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554.   See Supplementary Information section of the Federal Register article. Comments are due on or before July 8, 2004. Reply comments are due on or before July 23, 2004.

For more information, contact Regina Brown, Attorney, Wireline Competition Bureau, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, (202) 418-7400, TTY (202) 418-0484.