Date Change for the 855 Code Opening

NEWS FROM SMS800

Please be advised, that Database Service Management, Inc. (DSMI), as the designated Toll Free Number Administrator, received notification from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandating that the previously scheduled 855 Toll Free code opening date of Friday, October 1, 2010, at 12:00 PM ET, is to be changed to a new date of Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 12:00 PM ET.

Please be advised, that Database Service Management, Inc. (DSMI), as the designated Toll Free Number Administrator, received notification from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandating that the previously scheduled 855 Toll Free code opening date of Friday, October 1, 2010, at 12:00 PM ET, is to be changed to a new date of Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 12:00 PM ET.

Due to the anticipated volume of 855 number search and reservation transactions, Resp org support is requested in implementing several recommendations, outlined in Newsflash NWS-10-13, that have been identified which may help reduce potentially adverse impacts on the SMS/800 system during the code opening.

SMS/800 is continuing planning and testing to assure that the SMS/800 will be ready to support the planned opening. We will continue to provide additional information as the planning proceeds.

SMS800 Record Keeper of Toll Free Industry

The popularity of the 1-800 number, launched in 1967, led the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to add the new pre-fixes 888 and 877 in the mid-1990s. When availability of those numbers plummeted, 866 was added in 2000 to overcome the shortage. SMS/800, started in the mid-1980s, manages all these numbers.

While popularity soars, availability of new and used toll free numbers is plummeting. When an 800 number is disconnected, it goes into what is referred to as the aging process. At some point it becomes available on the SMS/800 database. Then, service providers can access the numbers and assign it to a customer in the United States or Canada.

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Already Limited Supplies Stretched Thin

Telecommunications insiders continue to recommend that anyone wishing to obtain a toll free number research them immediately. With a limited number of numerical possibilities, the finite supply of toll free numbers is nearly expended.There are no immediate plans to add another toll free pre-fix. These recommendations to obtain a toll free number immediately are widespread. Numbers do not have to be advertised until the owner needs it: so the cost is minimal until the subscriber is ready to actively use the number.