(a) Purpose. This section establishes the procedures under
which this commission may order reclamation of a code or thousands-block,
and under which a code holder may petition the commission for an extension
of the period of time allowed for code or thousands-block activation.
(b) Application. This section applies to the following entities:
(1) "Telecommunications provider" or "telecommunications utility"
as defined in the Public Utility Regulatory Act (PURA) §51.002;
(2) Any other entity that has been assigned a code by the North
American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA).
(c) Definitions. The following words and terms, when used in
this section, shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly
(1) Activation period--The six month period after the published
Local Exchange Routing Guide (LERG) effective date.
(2) Area code or numbering plan area (NPA)--The first three
digits of a ten-digit telephone number that designates a "toll" center in
the United States and Canada.
(3) Central office code (code) or NXX--The second three digits
of a ten-digit telephone number that identifies the local switching office.
(4) Code holder--Any entity to which a code or thousands-block
is assigned by the NANPA or the thousands-block pooling administrator.
(5) Expiration date--The last day of the activation period.
(6) In service--A code or thousands-block that has been activated
and the code holder has commenced assigning individual telephone numbers to
(7) Local Exchange Routing Guide (LERG)--A collection of data
that shows the relationship between a central office and tandem office and
is used in the telephone network design process.
(8) Operating Company Number (OCN)--The unique string of numbers
assigned by the National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) which identifies
a telecommunications utility.
(9) Part 1--The Central Office Code (NXX) Assignment Request
form developed by the Industry Numbering Committee (INC) as an attachment
to the Central Office Code (NXX) Assignment Guidelines.
(10) Part 1A--The Thousands-Block Application form developed
by the INC as an attachment to the Thousands-Block Number (NXX-X) Pooling
(11) Part 4--The Confirmation of Code In Service form developed
by the INC as an attachment to the Central Office Code (NXX) Assignment Guidelines
or the Confirmation of NXX-X Block In Service form developed by the INC as
an attachment to the Thousands-Block Pooling Guidelines.
(12) Reclamation list--The monthly list the commission receives
of codes considered delinquent by the NANPA because Part 4s have not been
filed within the required time period.
(13) Thousands-block--One of ten sequential blocks of 1,000
numbers from a code.
(14) Thousands-block number pooling--A process by which the
10,000 numbers in a code are separated into ten sequential blocks of 1,000
numbers each and allocated separately within a rate center.
(15) Thousands-block reclamation list--The monthly list the
commission receives of thousands-blocks considered delinquent by the thousands-block
pooling administrator because Part 4s have not been filed within the required
(d) Reclamation. The commission may instruct the NANPA to reclaim
any code or thousands-block that has been:
(1) Assigned but is no longer in use by the assignee;
(2) Assigned to a service that is no longer offered;
(3) Assigned but not in service by the required six-month period;
(4) Assigned, but not used in conformance with industry established
(e) Reclamation list and thousands-block reclamation list.
(1) Each month the NANPA and the thousands-block pooling administrator
will provide commission staff a list of codes and a list of thousands-blocks
with delinquent Part 4s. Within ten days of receiving the monthly lists, commission
staff will notify code holders of codes or thousands-blocks that have been
added to the lists.
(2) Within ten days of receiving the notification the code
holder shall respond, in writing, to staff by doing one or a combination of
(A) Filing a Part 4 for the code or thousands-block;
(B) Providing a Part 1 for the code or thousands-block; or
(C) Filing a Petition for Extension of the activation period
under subsection (f) of this section.
(3) On or before the last business day of the month, commission
staff shall respond to the NANPA and the thousands-block pooling administrator
by forwarding copies of all applicable Part 4s and Part 1s received by staff,
and reporting any applicable Petitions for Extension filed during that month.
(f) Petition for extension. These requirements apply whether
the code holder is assigned a code or thousands-block.
(1) Before the expiration of the activation period, or after
the code holder is notified of the delinquency under subsection (e) of this
section, the code holder may file a Petition for Extension that shall include:
(A) The name of the code holder and OCN;
(B) Contact information, including name, address, phone number,
fax number, and e-mail address;
(C) List of the relevant code(s) or thousands-blocks(s) and
identification of each as "growth" or "initial;"
(D) Expiration date of each code or thousands-block;
(E) Purpose for which the code or thousands-block was originally
certified and assigned;
(F) Detailed explanation of the need for the extension and
an appropriate timeline;
(G) Requested extension date; and
(H) Supporting documentation and any other relevant information.
(2) An extension request shall be for no more than 90 days
from the code or thousands-block expiration date. Multiple extensions may
(3) Within five business days of the filing of the petition,
staff shall notify the code holder if the petition is insufficient because
it does not contain all of the items listed under paragraph (1) of this subsection.
(4) Within seven business days of the filing of the petition,
any party may file a pleading in favor of or against the petition.
(5) Within 15 business days of the filing of the petition,
or within seven business days of receiving requested supplemental information,
staff will file a recommendation on the petition.
(6) After receiving staff's recommendation, the commission
will issue an administrative notice of approval or denial of the petition.
(7) Staff, the petitioning party, or any party filing for or
against the petition may appeal the notice to the commission within seven
business days. The commission will rule on any notice added to an open meeting
agenda within 30 days of the date the appeal is filed, unless the commission
(8) Reclamation shall be stayed pending the outcome of a Petition
for Extension and any associated appeal.
(g) Code holder reporting responsibilities.
(1) A code holder shall report to the commission the name and
OCN of the new code holder whenever it requests that the NANPA or the thousands-block
pooling administrator transfer a code or thousands-block from one code holder
(2) Code holders shall keep all contact information current
with the NANPA.
Source Note: The provisions of this §26.375 adopted to be effective September 19, 2002, 27 TexReg 8766