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News | 05/13/2003 4:00 am EDT

CTIA threatens FCC over wireless LNP
The Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) has given the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approximately three months to resolve a myriad of issues surrounding wireless local number portability (LNP). The FCC has mandated full wireless LNP by Nov. 24, 2003. If the contentious issue isn't resolved around September 1, the CTIA plans to file a stay of LNP implementation. There's a laundry list of issues that need to be resolved by the FCC or it will face market chaos, CTIA president and CEO Thomas Wheeler said. If these issues aren't taken care of, consumers will have no idea what to expect or how the system works. In the meantime, the CTIA is waiting for a decision from an appeals court on whether the FCC has the statutory basis to apply the rules to wireless operators. A ruling is expected in June.

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