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News | 11/18/2003 5:00 am EST

Wireline carriers fight back against wireless LNP
U.S. wireline carriers have launched their counteroffensive against wireless local number portability, imposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and set to go into effect on November 24. Late last week, BellSouth filed for US$38 million in repayment with the FCC for the costs of porting wireline customers to wireless carriers. There is also speculation that Qwest will file suit in federal court over the FCC’s wireline to wireless portability rules. Representatives from Qwest have had no comment on the potential suit. The FCC has indicated that it is ready to defend any challenge to its wireless number portability rules.

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