The 855 Jump-Start

Will the new 855 numbers have a rough start becoming popular and recognizable? The answer is no. These numbers, following on the heels of the ever-popular 877 and 866 numbers, will be instantly recognized as toll free and will be a hot commodity. With more information available these days about toll free, subscribers will be far more familiar with the new area codes than they were when previous toll free area codes were released years ago. 855 numbers will be advertised and recognized as soon as they are released,

Possible Bailout for the BIG 3 Phone Companies?

Talks on capital hill recently turned to the forecast that the United States’ Biggest 3 telecommunications companies (AT&T, VERIZON, and SPRINT) may be requesting an economic bailout sometime in early 2010.

The FCC Laws Are Clear

This seems to be a hot topic these days. Under rules established in 1997 by the FCC, toll-free service providers cannot reserve a toll-free number without having an actual toll-free subscriber for whom the number is being reserved. By law, available numbers must be doled out on a first-come, first served basis off the main database maintained by the 800 Service Management System (SMS/800). Hoarding numbers is likewise illegal. A subscriber may not acquire more toll-free numbers than they intend to use. By FCC definition, “hoarding” also includes “brokering” which is the illegal lease or sale of toll-free numbers for a fee.