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Neustar Awarded North American Numbering Contract For A Third Term

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has awarded Neustar (NYSE: NSR), the current North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), a new contract for an additional five-year term as a result of a competitive bidding process administered by the FCC. The new contract will continue through 2017. As the sole provider of this critical service, Neustar will continue to meet the needs of the telecommunications industry and the consumers they serve.

“Neustar is honored to have once again been selected by the FCC to serve as the NANPA. We look forward to continuing to manage this complex number system that so many telecommunications service providers and their consumers rely on. Our goal is to continue to provide our customers with the neutral and reliable services that have come to define Neustar,” said Steve Edwards, Neustar’s senior vice president for Carrier Services. “Our proven track record of success is something we take seriously and it shows in our quality and reliability.”

In 1997, the FCC named Neustar as the neutral administrator of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP). NANPA is responsible for the management of the integrated telephone numbering plan that serves 20 North American countries, coordinating area code relief planning and the collection of service provider utilization and forecast data.

For the past 14 years, Neustar has been the proven, effective administrator of this critical telecommunications service. Neustar has consistently received remarkable performance ratings, including in 2011, earning the rating of “Exceeded” expectations from the North American Numbering Council (NANC), a federal advisory committee to the FCC. These ratings are reached by analyzing Performance Feedback surveys submitted by service providers and regulators, monthly performance reports, an annual operational review, and monthly observations by the Numbering Oversight Working Group (NOWG), a subgroup of the NANC.


Neustar, Inc., (NYSE: NSR) is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analysis to the Internet, telecommunications, entertainment and marketing industries throughout the world. Neustar applies its advanced, secure technologies in routing, addressing and authentication to its customers’ data to help them identify new revenue opportunities and network efficiencies, and institute cybersecurity and fraud protection measures. More information is available at


NANPA is the neutral third party administrator that develops area code relief plans in collaboration with the telecommunications industry. NANPA also oversees the assignment of area codes, three-digit central office codes, carrier identification codes, and other numbering resources throughout the United States, Canada, Bermuda and 17 Caribbean countries. Visit NANPA online at

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