Independents Balk At Phone Number Rules

Laramie, Wy – Number portability is supposed to happen in Wyoming, but a few companies are asking to be exempt. It allows for you to switch phone companies, but keep the same number. Quest has made the necessary changes, but several Independent companies are asking the Wyoming Public Service commission to exempt them. State Consumer Advocate Bryce Freeman says some of the companies want more time to get everything in order, and he does not have a problem with them. But he is concerned about those who want a waiver. Freeman admits it can be expensive, but he says those companies need to make that case before the Wyoming Public Service Commission. Freeman says if the costs outweigh the benefits, then he would agree with them. But Freeman hopes it will work out because he thinks it enhances competition for consumers.