NECA has published a newly developed list
of rural CLEC OCNs for use in efforts to help combat rural call completion
problems. This list is the result of the FCC’s directions in its April 17
and Order and Third FNPRM on rural call completion.
To help covered providers in their duty to complete all
calls and monitor the performance of intermediate providers, the Commission
directed NECA to create and publish a list of rural CLEC OCNs to go alongside
the existing lists of ILEC rural and non-rural OCNs. Further, the FCC notes requiring
covered providers to monitor the rural CLEC OCNs on this list as “valuable to promote
greater call completion to the customers of rural [C]LECs.”
To create the initial list, NECA used the definition of a rural
CLEC in 47 C.F.R. § 61.26.
However, the Commission has recognized the creation of a comprehensive list may
be difficult and has encouraged rural CLECs to identify their OCNs to NECA for
use in preparation of this list. CLECs can self-report as rural by sending
their OCN information to NECA (firstname.lastname@example.org) and will be included in a subsection of