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Question[edit]

don't they provide tld referrals for .org domains (ultradns)? Mikolajev 22:32, 10 October 2006 (UTC)

Regarding Coi[edit]

Please see: [1]. --Rocksanddirt 17:01, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

Far as I see, this guy User_talk:Jvsheeran was just a one day repeated vandal. I see no foundation for a claim of principal authorship. Or does the COI tag refer to someone else? Jim.henderson 13:23, 3 September 2007 (UTC)

To all interested parties (particularly Jim Henderson and "Corvus cornix"):

I am "Jvsheeran." I am the senior writer within NeuStar's Corporate Communications department in Sterling, Virginia, and I'd like to briefly respond to the recent postings surrounding my attempt to edit the NeuStar entry on Wikipedia.

To be perfectly frank, the first time I'd ever been to Wikipedia was just recently, when an executive within NeuStar pointed out that the existing entry for our company is "inaccurate, misleading, and out of date." Being unfamiliar with the comprehensive editing/COI/vandalism policies at Wikipedia, I attempted to quickly replace the existing Wikipedia content with a more accurate statement until a more complete NeuStar description could be agreed upon. I did so repeatedly after becoming progressively more frustrated that my changes were not taking effect on the NeuStar page -- and was summarily served with the "vandal" tag.

Let me assure you that my intentions were, and are, good. Although I inadvertently flouted proper protocol (as an admittedly “amateur” Wikipedia user), I was merely trying to correct inaccuracies in the NeuStar entry. I have since taken steps to learn more about Wikipedia policies and procedures.

To bring this issue to an acceptable conclusion for those concerned, I invite one and all to review the following information as a proposed new NeuStar entry. It is my belief that you will find it to be accurate, strictly factual, concise, free of marketing jargon, easily verifiable (see our SEC filings at www.sec.gov), and relevant to Wikipedia users. Finally, it is my hope that this information, after it has been approved in a public forum such as this and deemed satisfactory from a COI standpoint, can soon replace the content that currently exists within the NeuStar entry. Please advise if this is possible, and let me know how I may be of further assistance.

Thanks.

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Proposed article[edit]

Overview[edit]

NeuStar (NYSE: NSR) is a provider of clearinghouse and directory services to the global communications and Internet industry. Its customers use the databases NeuStar contractually maintains in its clearinghouse to obtain data required to route telephone calls in North America, to exchange information with other communications service providers, and to manage technological changes in their own networks.

Within the United States and Canada, NeuStar operates the authoritative directories that manage virtually all telephone area codes and numbers, and enables the routing of calls among thousands of competing communications service providers (CSPs). All telecommunications service providers (TSPs) that offer telecommunications services to the public at large must access the NeuStar clearinghouse to properly route virtually all of their customers’ calls. Also, NeuStar provides clearinghouse services to emerging CSPs, including Internet service providers (ISPs), mobile network operators, cable television operators, and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) service providers.

In addition, NeuStar offers internal and external managed DNS solutions that play a key role in directing and managing traffic on the Internet, manages the authoritative directories for the .us and .biz Internet domains, and acts as the worldwide "registry gateway" for China's .CN and Taiwan's .TW Internet domains outside of these two countries. NeuStar also operates the authoritative directory for U.S. Common Short Codes, part of the short messaging service (SMS) relied upon by the U.S. wireless industry, and provides solutions used by mobile network operators worldwide to enable mobile instant messaging for their end users.

Corporate Website[edit]

www.neustar.biz

Origins[edit]

NeuStar was founded to meet the technical and operational challenges of the communications industry when the U.S. government mandated local number portability in 1996. The company remains the provider of the authoritative solution that the communications industry relies upon to meet this mandate.

NeuStar was incorporated in Delaware in 1998 to acquire its business from Lockheed Martin Corporation. This acquisition was completed in November 1999.

The NeuStar Clearinghouse[edit]

NeuStar provides its services from its “clearinghouse” – a set of unique databases, systems and platforms in geographically dispersed data centers. Its clearinghouse has been designed to assist CSPs in meeting the challenges facing the communications industry for both traditional voice and IP networks.

Customers[edit]

NeuStar serves traditional providers of communications, including local exchange carriers (LECs), competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs), wireless service providers and long distance carriers. The company also serves emerging CSPs and fast-growing emerging providers of VoIP services. In addition to serving traditional CSPs, NeuStar also serves a growing number of customers who are either enablers of Internet services or providers of information and content to Internet and telephone users.

Contracts[edit]

NeuStar provides many of its addressing, interoperability and infrastructure services pursuant to private commercial and government contracts. Specifically:

  • NeuStar provides wireline and wireless number portability, implements the allocation of pooled blocks of telephone numbers and provides network management services pursuant to seven contracts with North American Portability Management LLC, an industry group that represents all TSPs in the United States. Although the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has plenary authority over the administration of telephone number portability, it is not a party to NeuStar’s contracts with North American Portability Management LLC. The North American Numbering Council, a federal advisory committee to which the FCC has delegated limited oversight responsibilities, reviews and oversees North American Portability Management LLC’s management of these contracts.
  • NeuStar also provides wireline number portability and network management services in Canada pursuant to a contract with the Canadian LNP Consortium Inc., a private corporation composed of telecommunications service providers who participate in number portability in Canada.
  • NeuStar serves as the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) Administrator and the National Pooling Administrator pursuant to two separate contracts with the FCC. Under these contracts, NeuStar administers the assignment and implementation of new area codes in North America, the allocation of central office codes (which are the three-digit prefixes following the area codes) to TSPs in the United States, and the assignment and allocation of pooled blocks of telephone numbers in the United States in a manner designed to conserve telephone number resources.
  • NeuStar is the operator of the .biz Internet top-level domain by contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Similarly, pursuant to a contract with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the company operates the .us Internet domain registry.
  • NeuStar has an exclusive contract with the CTIA — The Wireless Association® to serve as the registry operator for the administration of U.S. Common Short Codes. U.S. Common Short Codes are short strings of numbers to which text messages can be addressed — a common addressing scheme that works across all participating wireless networks.

Acquisitions[edit]

  • fiducianet, Inc. (February 2005)

After acquiring fiducianet, NeuStar now serves as a single point of contact in managing all day-to-day customer obligations involving subpoenas, court orders and law enforcement agency requests under electronic surveillance laws including CALEA, the USA Patriot Act of 2001 and the Homeland Security Act of 2002.

  • Foretec Seminars Inc. (December 2005)

After acquiring Foretec from the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), NeuStar now serves as the provider of secretariat services to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

  • NeuLevel, Inc. (March 2006)

After acquiring the remaining 10% of NeuLevel, Inc. from Melbourne IT Limited, NeuStar’s ownership interest went from 90% to 100%.

  • UltraDNS Corporation (April 2006)

NeuStar’s acquisition of UltraDNS Corporation further expanded NeuStar’s suite of domain name services and Internet Protocol (IP) technologies.

  • Followap Inc. (November 2006)

NeuStar’s acquisition of Followap further expanded NeuStar’s suite of Internet Protocol IP technologies.


Jvsheeran --Jvsheeran 17:45, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

Return at last[edit]

Excellent. We do have trouble with ignorant malicious people and sometimes forget there are smart people who mean well and just don't quite understand our ways. So, you're an insider to the company, which doesn't disqualify; it just calls for a little more procedure. Me, I'm an insider in the telephone business but never heard of Neustar until I came across this article in the course of looking at phone number articles, so I guess this qualifies me as a mentor or censor or whatever it is called that we need to ensure against the dreaded "Conflict of Interest".

Incidentally I took a late August Wikibreak, then got to work cleaning my plate of backlogs, and forgot to check in on this article. So, my delay of most of a week is strictly my fault. Just now I applied some minor Wikitext editing to your proposed article without examining it carefully. Tomorrow I'll read through it properly and think whether it ought simply to replace the current article, or bits and pieces of the two should be mixed and matched, or whatever. This process will also give a chance to anyone else who might have something to say, and we can bat around a few ideas in I hope less than a week depending on how busy other things keep us. We tend to take on too many Wikipeda changes and then scant them. Jim.henderson 01:50, 12 September 2007 (UTC)

Question about links..[edit]

Thanks, Jim. Looking forward to your feedback. Incidentally, and excuse my non-tech speak, does Wikipedia automatically scan all entries to find words and phrases that may have entries of their own (e.g., FCC, Lockheed Martin, etc.) and instantly create links to them on the site -- or is that something that the person creating/editing the text needs to do manually?

Jvsheeran --Jvsheeran 209.173.53.233 15:26, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

I keep finding interesting to do, making me imitate the fellow who jumped on his horse and rode off in all directions. I just blew a morning on a Heinrich Hertz quotation which is now mostly resolved but will need a bit more attention in a few days. Wikipedia has a whole lot of articles about how to edit articles, including WP:MOS and if you start at any of them their links will lead you to the others, but no, all links are inserted manually with double brackets as in telephone number or whatever.
Generally speaking the first time a topic is mentioned that has a relevant article, that's where you should link it, though exceptions are rife and sometimes I wait for a more propitious part of the article, and then insert three or four links to the same destination in various sections of a long article. There are also piped WP:LINKs and other tricks for when you learn more. I'll look around for the guide for beginners that some friendly stranger tacked into my talk page last year when I was a newbie.
For this article I like the idea of taking a section at a time of your writing, or a few sentences, and copying them from the talk page into the actual article. Were speed necessary, speedier methods would be preferable, but taking a sip every few days will leave plenty of time for critics to jump in when they detect violations of various sacred principles such as WP:COI. There are old-time editors who like to work faster, but I'm one of the slow ones. Jim.henderson 15:54, 17 September 2007 (UTC)

Meet the challenges[edit]

and "authoritative solutions" and other phrases customary in official PR are bothersome in an encyclopedia. They need translation into neutral language. WP:NPOV is a very big thing with Wikipedia, y'know. Mustn't use language that could easily be misconstrued as puffery. The major problem is with me doing the work in little bits taken out of time that goes to other matters, not with the original language, but help with the toning down process would speed things a bit. Jim.henderson 05:36, 18 September 2007 (UTC)

Speedy deletion[edit]

Administrators and others who may take an interest, kindly do not kill this article. It describes a small but notable company which has no great need of promotion in an encyclopedia since it sells only to a few big businesses who already know what it sells. However, it is of interest to anyone studying how telephone companies and others handle their addressing, ie phone numbers. As you see from the above talk sections, I have been working to develop it in a neutral manner and would appreciate assistance. Jim.henderson 01:41, 19 September 2007 (UTC)

Next steps...[edit]

Sounds reasonable, Jim. Question: As I add in pieces of the revised NeuStar entry for public review and comment (which I'll probably do a bit at a time over the next few days), what should I do regarding the OLD content that's already up there? I don't want the entry to be confusing or disjointed. Am I within my rights to delete the old content a piece at a time as well, replacing it with the new content as I go -- or is that going to raise more red flags? Please advise. Jvsheeran 209.173.53.233 15:11, 24 September 2007 (UTC)

I think you're right. It feels kind of strange, me being in charge of such things, but others are willing to wave a flag to signal their disapproval of something but are not willing to put out the effort to discuss how to make it good, so here I am. Yeah, bits are picked out of articles all the time and replaced, and there's always plenty of people looking in and carping, so when they squawk it's time to try something else except when it's time to defy them, and defiance of officious fools is not one of my own strong points. Add a few sentences one day, subtract a sentence another day or more often replace it. It's generally a slow process, at least the way I play it, and part of the delay comes from ensuring that each day's edits create a harmonious whole. Jim.henderson 17:23, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

My page edit has begun...[edit]

Jim: Just an FYI that I have started replacing the content on the NeuStar page. Once again, I invite one and all to review and comment! Ideally, I'll have populated the entire page within the next week or so. Thanks for your assistance on all this, BTW. Jvsheeran 209.173.53.233 18:04, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

Refresher text?[edit]

Good day all. Would like to replace/refresh the text on the "NeuStar" page with factual and easily verifiable information found in our most recent annual report (see http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=189420&p=irol-reportsAnnual). However, I wanted to inform all concerned in the review/approval process before doing so. Will this be sufficient? What additional information/input do you need from me before I get started? Thanks in advance. -- Jvsheeran —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jvsheeran (talkcontribs) 16:52, 17 June 2009 (UTC)

advance notice of pending edit to Neustar entry (April 2010); advice requested[edit]

I pasted the following from the users own talk page. As a WP:NEWCOMER he did nOt understand the basic workings of Wikipedia; who does what, etc: Jim.henderson (talk) 14:11, 17 April 2010 (UTC)


Hello Wikipedia staff:

This message is to inform you of an upcoming event that will necessitate the updating/editing of the Neustar page.

My company will soon file an updated 10-Q with the SEC; this filing will be publicly available on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Later this month, I'd like to be able to replace the current entry about Neustar (which will then be outdated) with some of the new information from the 10-Q. On a related note, last summer Neustar changed the spelling of its name ("NeuStar" to "Neustar"), and I'd like to see that that change is made on our updated Wikipedia page as well.

Considering our company has an existing page listed under "NeuStar," would I need to create a new "Neustar" page (with the all-new 10-Q information) and simply link the old one to it using the MOVE feature?

Let me know. Thanks for your help in advance; I'm a very infrequent Wikipedia user, as this talk page will attest, and appreciate the assistance.

Jvsheeran (talk) 19:49, 15 April 2010 (UTC)

Additional sources[edit]

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