The Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) plan to establish a single reassigned numbers database has been delayed until next year.

In December 2018, the FCC adopted the rule creating a reassigned numbers database which would be administered by a third party. While the FCC expected to establish the database within 12 months, since the rule was adopted several petitions to reconsider aspects of the order have been filed. The time period to incorporate these adjustment was first extended to September 2019, then again to January 2020.

After these technical adjustments are completed, the third-party administrator will still need to be selected, and the database will need to be filled with information from telephone carriers. Given these circumstances, the release date will likely be in mid- to late-2020.

“We are mindful of the need to establish an operational database as soon as possible,” stated the FCC in an order released in September.

Reassigned Numbers Database

In March, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) issued the final rule and order to create the reassigned numbers database as a part of the FCC’s initiative Advanced Methods to Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls.

The database enables callers to verify whether a telephone number has been reassigned before calling that number – instead of relying on previously obtained consumer consent.  This will also protect consumers with reassigned numbers from receiving unwanted calls.

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