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U.S. TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY Contact: John Pasqua NRIC Steering Committee Chairman jpasqua@att.com 908 542-6401 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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The NRIC also reported that telephony processing was not expected to be affected by the century date change based on industry testing by the Telco Year 2000 Forum and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). Their joint report revealed virtually no Y2K problems in remediated components. The report also stated that the industrys voice and data transmissions as well as Operations Support Systems (OSSs) are expected to function normally and that there is no indication of pockets of non-compliant network or support systems in the U.S. The NRIC reported that the risk of failure of the domestic PSTN is minimal and expressed confidence in the network. As a result of its findings, NRIC indicated no further testing of these network elements is warranted.

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ASSESSMENT OF NETWORK ACCESS The NRIC report also provided insight on the readiness of customer premises equipment (CPE) and systems that interface with the PSTN. Since its last report, the Council reported it had found no major problems or industry-wide issues that cannot be handled with planning including 911 call processing. The report stated that while most private data networks may require fairly extensive upgrades, software upgrades, which are most common, can often be distributed through a companys internal network while firmware upgrades sometimes require CPE to be returned to factories for appropriate upgrades. As a result, the NRIC report pointed out that individual user assessment and testing is extremely important. In the three months since its last report, NRIC has found that 34 percent (up from 10 percent reported in the previous quarter) of Public Safety Answering Positions (PSAPs), utilized by local governments in responding to 911 calls, have achieved Y2K readiness. In addition, 47 percent of the remaining PSAPs are in the process of achieving Y2K readiness. While this is an improvement, the NRIC has recommended that non-compliant PSAP owners take immediate action to achieve Y2K readiness, that telephone companies begin sharing appropriate data to help these PSAP owners achieve Y2K readiness and that the FCC begin promoting the availability of funding for municipalities with limited financial resources. It was also reported that the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) has done a survey of PSAPs Y2K readiness and their data indicated 91 percent of PSAPs across the nation will be Y2K ready by January 1, 2000. At the NRIC meeting, it was reported that FCC Commissioner Michael Powell had sent letters to directors of emergency services in each state to raise their awareness of the Year 2000 issue and the potential impact the century date change might have on PSAPs.

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Now, look how much was devoted to contingency planning:

ASSESSMENT OF INDUSTRY-WIDE CONTINGENCY PLANNING In its report, NRIC also reviewed industry-wide Y2K contingency planning efforts. In a Contingency Planning Workshop, conducted on April 27, 1999, for the telecommunications industry, the NRIC collaborated with the USTA to provide specifics on awareness and understanding of Y2K contingency planning. The NRIC also reported that this committee had developed a set of Contingency Planning Guidelines that were available on the NRIC web site ().

That's it. This was not a clip, but the entire contingency planning section. What do we have here: a one day workshop where people collaborated, and a committe developed a set of guidelines that they put on their website.

-- James Chancellor, PE (publicworks1@bluebonnet.net), October 25, 1999


If telecomms had everything "well-in-hand", they wouldn't still be working on it or sweating bullets and worrying right now would they?

-- no talking please (breadlines@soupkitchen.gov), October 26, 1999.

Got cans and wires?

-- Bluebeard (ship@wreck.sink), October 26, 1999.

The contingency planning document was published back in Sept of 98. I have hard copy of the 30 something page document. Maybe they are starting to take things off the site since people have been working this for some time and have completed the task.

no talking, telecomm is not sweating bullets. Where did you get that notion?

-- Maria (anon@ymous.com), October 26, 1999.


Every year about this time MCI has very unannounced layoff of several thousand employees. Most employees that are determined to be in excess due to next year budgets figures and such. Did they layed-off any of the people that have FINISHED working on Y2K yet??? How is the testing going??? Have you found out about the biggest mainframe MCI has that is the backbone to MCI systems???

-- y2k dave (xsdaa111@hotmail.com), October 26, 1999.

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