The FCC has ruled that under certain circumstances the Billing Name and Address (BNA) of all telephone customers (including unlisted and nonpublished customers) can be released to telecommunications service providers for use other than marketing purposes. The main reason for releasing BNA information is to ensure proper billing for certain types of calls.
For instance, calls such as collect, third number or calling card calls may be carried by an interexchange carrier who is not your presubscribed interexchange carrier or who does not have a billing contract with our company. Under these circumstances, the carrier does not know who to bill the call to, and therefore, must request the BNA from our company in order to bill the call. We must provide the information to the requesting carrier.