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Re: VOIP Question

Mr Joseph Singer (
Thu, 5 Jul 2007 16:04:13 -0700 (PDT)

Mon, 02 Jul 2007 17:00:46 -0400 burris <> wrote:

> What happens to the telephone numbers that were ported if a VOIP
> provider goes out of business?

It depends. If another entity takes up that business it goes to them.
If the business goes belly up and goes out of business entirely the
number goes back to the original entity that was assigned that
NPA/NXX-X. That's what happens when you port a cellphone number from
one carrier to another. If service is disconnected the number goes
back to the original party that was assigned that prefix (and
thousands block if applicable.)

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Except, when Prairie Stream went out of
business (the owner had been and still is operating Terra World, the
ISP here in town) some of us were afraid what you said would happen;
that we would be 'migrated' back to Southwestern Bell (from whence we
all had started, with our 620-331 numbers). Sage Telecom did not 'take
over' Prairie Stream, Prairie Stream simply folded up. But many/most
of us got a letter from Prairie Stream saying that company was
recommending 'Sage' as a replacement, and that if we did not choose a
replacement within 30 days, _then_ we would be automatically shunted
over to AT&T (which was about to be taken over by SBC). Sage has
worked out quite well for me. Any of you currently in SBC 'territory'
who want to try out Sage (for about half the price of the 'new' AT&T)
are welcome to test it out. If you will write _personally_ to me at
my address, I will tell you a number you can use
to get me a $20-25 dollar credit on _my_ service in exchange for the
referral. PAT]

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