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Perspective

Fortnightly Magazine - June 1 2000

from this flawed numbering system.

Now is the time for sensible action by the industry. Telecom carriers can implement the provisions adopted by the Illinois Commerce Commission in any of their markets to simplify their customers' lives. Longer term, the industry should devote substantial resources to implementing nationwide number portability systems and standards that can be put into use quickly.

Without such actions, the costs and inconveniences to consumers will continue to mount, and new area code "castoffs" like Elaine may face long Saturday nights home alone, wondering what planet their new area code represents.

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