Numbering Testbed Workshop

Federal Communications Commission
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) will host an
all-day workshop to facilitate the design and development of a Numbering Testbed.

The goal of the Numbering Testbed is to convene a community and provide common resources to enable research into numbering in an all-IP network, unencumbered by the constraints of the legacy network and technologies and ensuring that there is no disruption to them. The Numbering Testbed will operate under the auspices of the North American Numbering Council (NANC), which will provide a report to the FCC describing the testbed activities and making recommendations.

The workshop will be an engineering working session, modeled after Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) “birds-of-feather” sessions and “hackathons” in which groups of technical experts collaborate intensively to work through technical challenges and create prototype systems. The workshop will focus on the basic design and launch of the Testbed as a non-production, prototype system for managing numbering resources and obtaining information about these resources in a post-transitions world.

This workshop has three objectives:

  1. to identify gaps in the existing number assignment and management systems that may arise during or after transition to an all-IP environment and opportunities for simplification;
  2. to discuss proposals for a general architecture for the Testbed and the numbering-related issues it should address; and
  3. to facilitate administration and organization (mailing list, conference calls) for those individuals who are interested in doing the prototyping and participating further in the Testbed process.