After a delay of over seven years, wireless local number portability rules ("WLNP") finally went into effect on November 24, 2003. These rules, promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission, allow wireless subscribers to change service providers within a given location while retaining the same phone number. The rules also allow consumers to transfer a land-based telephone number to a cellular provider. These new choices will likely have a significant impact on the wireless industry and increase competition in an already intense playing field. This iBrief provides a summary of the new rules, looks at the history and litigation, and predicts how increasing wireless options will benefit consumers and promote competition in local telephony.
Stephen M. Kessing, Wireless Local Number Portability: New Rules Will Have Broad Effects, 3 Duke Law & Technology Review 1-12 (2004)