State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, A new overlay area code was recently  introduced
 3    in  the  847  region, even though fewer than 50% of the phone
 4    numbers in the 847 region are actually being used; and

 5        WHEREAS,  The  Federal  Communications  Commission  (FCC)
 6    currently requires 11-digit dialing when an overlay area code
 7    is implemented; and

 8        WHEREAS, The FCC's 11-digit dialing mandate is a needless
 9    inconvenience  that  is  not  technologically  necessary  for
10    residential and business consumers; and

11        WHEREAS, Residents in the 847  region  could  once  again
12    dial  7 digits for all local calls  if the FCC were to change
13    its policy  on  mandatory  11-digit  dialing  in  an  overlay
14    situation; and

15        WHEREAS,  The  FCC's  mandatory  11-digit  dialing policy
16    could soon affect all the residents of Illinois, as the North
17    American Numbering Plan Administrator claims that every  area
18    code in the State will be  out of phone numbers by 2007; and

19        WHEREAS,  On  December  28,  2001,  the  FCC reversed its
20    long-standing opposition to technology and  service  specific
21    overlays,   signaling   that   the   agency   is  potentially
22    reconsidering its area code policies; and

23        WHEREAS, The Citizens Utility Board  (CUB)  has  filed  a
24    petition  with the FCC asking the agency to permanently waive
25    the 11-digit dialing mandate in the 847 region; therefore, be
26    it

28    we  urge  the  Federal  Communications  Commission to grant a
29    permanent waiver of the 11-digit dialing mandate in  the  847
30    region; and be it further
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 1        RESOLVED,  That  the  FCC  reconsider  its  policies that
 2    require 11-digit dialing in an overlay  situation  and  allow
 3    States  more flexibility in using conservation tools, such as
 4    number pooling, to stave off the proliferation of unnecessary
 5    new area codes; and be it further

 6        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
 7    presented  to  the Chairman of the FCC and each member of the
 8    Illinois congressional delegation.

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