said by josephf:
Are there still small ILEC's in the U.S. that refuse to allow outgoing ports?
Apparently the answer is now NO (as of 2011)!
»Re: Rural number porting situation, is geographic LNP live?
This reference is a general treatise on porting. However, the part about Rural Carriers (in the US) appears to be outdated, given the info Ive provided below.
»www.wisbar.org/AM/Template.cfm?S ··· ID=23757
This is from the 1996 FCC regulations, allowing a Rural Carrier to block an outbound porting request, specifically stating under Section III The Rural Telephone Company Exemption
: Section 251(f)(1) of the 1996 Act (Appendix A) automatically exempts rural telephone companies from the requirements of Section 251(c) ("Additional Obligations of ILECs") until:
followed by mention of the exceptions to this exception. This info is outdated
see the next paragraph.
»www.fcc.gov/guides/portability-k ··· roviders
This reference reports that the rural telephone company porting restrictions were lifted by 2011 (which I was not aware of). So there appears to be no current Rural Carrier protection in the US
except for other issues such as DID compatible Rate Centers, Switches, etc. In the OPs case the question arises as to whether any VoIP provider uses a CLEC (or other DID providing entity) with a presence in his/her local Rate Center.
Interesting page relating to Telephone Number Porting
»www.centurylink.com/wholesale/pc ··· lnp.html