The Federal Communications Commission voted Wednesday to force
Landline, wireless and most voice over Internet (VoIP) providers / phone companies to act faster when their subscribers want to move their phone number to a rival service.
The commission will change the rules that require companies to transfer, or "port," landline phone numbers within one business day, down from the current four-day requirement.
The North American Numbering Council, which coordinates number issues for the carriers, was instructed by FCC, to develop new procedures in about three months and then carriers will have nine months to comply. Smaller carriers will get an extra six months.