855 Area Code News!!!

Got the news on pending release of the 855 toll free area code numbers from a very reliable telecommunications expert. This is it: the FCC’s designated Toll Free Administrator, has notified the FCC of the projected depletion of currently available toll free phone numbers with the 800, 888, 877 and 866 area codes and has requested approval to release the 855 area code numbers. The anticipated timeframe, we hear, is the last quarter of 2011. At last!


FCC Clamping Down on Toll Free Abusers

The FCC has been clamping down on violations of Section 251 (e) of the Communications Act of 1934, which prohibits the warehousing and hoarding of numbers. To ensure that toll free numbers are distributed in a fair and equitable way, the FCC is taking a close look at suspect activity. Recently they threatened an $11,000 daily fine to the owners of a California company for improper toll free use. This followed a string of unrelated instances, including at least one owner’s attempt to sell his numbers on eBay.

Despite Shape Of Economy, Toll Free Applications On The Rise

In the past year, the telecommunications industry has seen a steady increase in toll free subscribers. It appears to be in response to recent reports about the rapid decline of available 800 numbers, coupled with growing public awareness about the effectiveness of having a 1-800 number. A steady stream of requests are pouring in for toll free 800, 888, 877, and 866 numbers and applications. In recent years, reports indicate that an average of 8,000 new toll free numbers have been assigned daily. If this number continues to increase, and the reserved 855 numbers are not released, the shortage of available numbers will eventually have a detrimental impact on new businesses.

News on 855 Tomorrow!

We hear that big news is breaking about the 855 toll free area codes. We will confirm and let you all know tomorrow! Tune in then to learn more!