800 Portability

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800 Portability

The ability of the owner of a toll free number to maintain the same number even upon changing long distance providers. For example, if a charity that operates an 800 number wishes to switch its long distance provider from Qwest to Verizon or vice versa, 800 portability allows the charity to keep the same number for donations or other purposes. The Federal Communications Commission has required long distance providers to offer 800 portability since 1993 in order to promote competition.
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When local exchange competition arrives, Hundt says, phone number portability should not be an issue, as 800-number portability among long-distance carriers was a few years ago.
Our SCP and ISCP/800 systems have processed more than 100 billion calls without a single service interruption to our customers since May 1993, the birth date of 800-number portability.