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News | 04/15/2003 4:00 am EDT

U.S. wireless operators take LNP issue to court
The Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) and Verizon Wireless and the Federal Communications Commission will be facing off in court on April 15 over the commission’s mandated number portability policy. Lawyers for the CTIA and Verizon plan to argue that the FCC overstepped its authority when it mandated number portability for wireless carriers. They say that forcing wireless operators to offer number portability isn’t required since the wireless market is already highly competitive. The wireless industry adds that the estimated US$1 billion it will cost to implement the technical modifications could be better spent on expanding coverage, improving service and meeting the FCC’s E911 guidelines. The FCC’s number portability mandate also requires landline customers to be able to keep their number if they switch to a wireless service provider. This is a provision that traditional telephone companies are fighting against.

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