California PUC Approves 669 Overlay to 408 San Jose CA Metro Area [telecom]

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Today, Thursday 20-October-2011, the California Public Utilities
Commission (re)approved the telco industry's (re)submitted petition
for an overlay to the 408 area code region in the San Jose CA Metro
area. The new overlay NPA code is 669.

The docket number for the 2011 re-submission is A.11-06-008.

Various URLs/References at the CA-PUC website include:

The "Area Code 408 Relief" information page (English and Spanish):



The 20-October-2011 Press Release itself (htm, doc, pdf versions):

The main page for the A.11-06-008 docket itself, with links to
documents, decisions, the application itself, and so forth, is:

The 669 area code _WAS_ originally intended to overlay 408 over ten
years ago, around 1999/2000, but implementation of the overlay at
that time was subsequently "suspended" by the California PUC pending
further studies regarding area code exhaust and stricter numbering
and code conservation measures being developed by the industry and
regulatory, i.e., thousands-block assignments within NXX

The ORIGINALLY intended implementation dates for the 408/669 NPA
overlay WERE as follows:

[1+]ten-digit dialing (officially) permissive
on Friday 01-January-1999

[1+]ten-digit dialing MANDATORY
on Friday 01-October-1999

Permissive intra-408 [1+]ten-digit dialing was probably in place
several years prior to 1999, however.

But the California PUC "temporarily" halted further implementation of
the 408/669 overlay (i.e., mandatory [1+]ten-digit intra-408 dialing),
prior to the October 1999 date. And it later formally halted (until
further notice), all "pending" overlays for the state (all of them
had been previously approved by the CA-PUC).

I don't know if (at the time) Lockheed-Martin-IMS-CIS-NANPA ever
announced a date when ILECs/CLECs/WSPs could begin requesting new
669-NXX, but the "effective" date of such would have been on
Saturday 01-January-2000, the official "effective" date for the new
669 overlay NPA.

And there doesn't seem to have been any such "POTS" 669-NXX codes
actually assigned by NANPA, although "special" 669-NXX did
have an "effective" date put into the TRA/etc. databases at that time,
such as 669-555, the 669-777 code for the test-number, Pacific Bell's
NXX codes under the 669 NPA for time-of-day, high-volume mass calling,

The test-number was to have been 669-777-0669, the 669-777 code
working out of Pacific Bell's SNJSCA11DS0, a Lucent-WECO 5ESS
associated with the San Jose: North-DA ratecenter. The effective
date was to have been Saturday 20-November-1999, and the disconnect
date would have been. Saturday 20-May-2000. I don't think that
Pacific Bell ever started up a test-announcement on 669-777-0669,
however some IXC/LD-carriers did open up 669-777 in their routings/
translations as a "valid" NPA-NXX code. I can remember going to a
Pacific Bell "vacant code recording" when dialing 669-777-xxxx
(including -0669) via AT&T-LL, MCI, (US)Sprint, and other IXCs.

LM-IMS-CIS-NANPA (Lockheed-Martin) did issue Planning Letter #149,
dated 25-January-1999, announcing the 408/669 overlay in 1999/2000.

(NANPA, the North American Numbering Plan Administration was AT&T
until 1984 divestiture, then it was turned over to the new and spun
out of the old Bell System "Bellcore" entity. Lockheed-Martin took
over the NANPA function with January 1998, a little over a year before
Bellcore was renamed Telcordia. In January 2000, LM turned over NANPA
to Warburg-Pincus' as "NeuStar".)

A subsequent "generic" PL-206 was issued on 14-January-2000 (a year
later) announcing that ALL pending California overlays had been
(temporarily) halted by the CA-PUC, until further notice.

There were _NO_ new area codes implemented for California, neither
pending splits nor pending overlays, following the 619/858 split for
the northern San Diego CA suburbs in Summer/Fall 1999, until the
909/951 split in the San Bernardino/Riverside area during Summer/Fall

And then later new NPAs in California starting in 2006, were overlays,
most of them having been previously "halted" overlays, and a couple
of previously "halted" splits which were changed to overlays.

NeuStar-NANPA and the telco industry are re-submitting to the CA-PUC,
requests for overlays, one-by-one "as needed", and reactivation of the
408/669 overlay relief is one of them.

And the industry (through NeuStar-NANPA) has (re)submitted the request
to overlay 408 with 669, to the California PUC; the CA-PUC has
(re)approved NANPA's filing for a 408/669 overlay, today Thursday
20-October-2011, the 408/669 overlay having been "on hold" since
1999/2000 when it was originally planned to take effect.

Implementation dates "this time around" are still to be determined by
the telco industry with approval from the CA-PUC, and announced by
NeuStar-NANPA and the CA-PUC, in a forthcoming NANPA Planning Letter
to be issued possibly during the next several weeks.

A "formal" six-month period of permissive [1+]ten-digit dialing
alongside existing seven-digit dialing within 408 will take place,
and then mandatory [1+]ten-digit dialing will take place about a
month before the first new (pre)assigned (POTS) 669-NXX codes could
first begin to take effect. Note that such permissive intra-408
[1+]ten-digit dialing has been in effect throughout most-if-not-all
of California for probably twenty years now (and maybe even longer in
some places), but there will still be a "formal, announced" period of
permissive [1+]ten-digit dialing alongside existing seven-digit
dialing prior to the actual overlay.

It is LIKELY (though not yet formally determined) that the effective
date of potential new 669-NXX could be in November 2012
(a year from now), with mandatory [1+]ten-digit intra-408 dialing
being at some point in October 2012.

The test-number this time is likely to be 669-669-1669, which is the
format that at&t-ILEC has mostly been using for area code test-numbers
which they provide in their ILEC territory. Pacific Bell was taken
over by SBC in the late 1990s, and in 2005, SBC bought AT&T-LL/etc.,
and renamed everything as "at&t".

I don't know for certain which switch/CLLI is going to provide the
test-number this time, but I assume that it will still be provided
out of at&t/SBC/Pacific Bell's SNJSCA11DS0 Lucent-WECO 5ESS,
associated with the San Jose: North-DA ratecenter, which is the switch
that provided the test-number on the first attempt to implement the
overlay ten-plus years ago.

The 408/669 NPA region includes eleven (11) ratecenters, all are
within at&t/SBC/Pacific Bell's LATA #722 "San Francisco CA Metro",
and are associated with the following landline incumbent telcos.

(NOTE that there ARE some wireless 408-NXX codes in the Monterey LATA
which did NOT change/split to NPA 831 in 1998)

(there are also six at&t/SBC/Pacific*Bell ratecenters of the
San Francisco/etc CA LATA #722 in the 831 NPA to the south;
AND ratecenters in LATA #722 of Pacific*Bell (and GTE, GTE/Contel,
Frontier/Citizens) in NPAs: 415/(628), 510/(341), 650/(764), 925, 707)

(9740) at&t/sbc/Pacific*Bell (07 ratecenters)
San Jose: North DA (includes Milpitas)
San Jose: South DA
San Jose: West DA  (includes: Cupertino, Santa Clara City)
San Martin

(2319) VeriZon/GTE (02 ratecenters)
Los Gatos
Morgan Hill

(4420) VeriZon/GTE/Contel (01 ratecenter)

(2315) Frontier/Global Valley Networks (01 ratecenter)
San Antonio CA

Mark J. Cuccia
markjcuccia at yahoo dot com

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