NTIA Press Releases
For Immediate Release
August 13, 2003
Contact: Clyde Ensslin or
Ranjit de Silva, 202-482-7002

NTIA, FCC AND STATE DEPARTMENT SUPPORT INDUSTRY-BASED MECHANISM FOR IMPLEMENTING ELECTRONIC NUMBERING (ENUM) IN THE U.S.

United States government agencies declared their support today for an industry-based mechanism to implement ENUM in the U.S. provided the process is “as inclusive as possible” and adheres to principles of competition, interoperability, innovation, privacy and security. In a joint agency letter to an industry group of interested parties, the heads of the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the Department of State’s International Communications and Information Policy expressed their support for the ENUM Forum’s consideration of a limited liability company (LLC) to select at least one Tier 1 provider.

ENUM is a mapping protocol that links the Internet and telephony platforms through a single identifier. ENUM has the potential to facilitate convergence of communications networks by linking e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, and cell phone numbers for individuals or businesses.

Industry and government have long considered how the U.S. should best move forward in developing a mechanism to participate or "opt in" to the new global domain set aside for (ENUM), e164.arpa. The selection of a mechanism to choose one or more Tier 1 providers is a necessary step in moving forward to participate in the global domain.

The text of the letter is available on the NTIA Web site at www.ntia.doc.gov.

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