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Line Information Database (LIDB)


Product Description


Line Information Database (LIDB) is a transaction-oriented database system that stores telephone line numbers and special billing number data used by Query Originators to process and bill Alternately Billed Services (ABS) calls. The Query Originators access LIDB data to provide originating line (calling number), billing number and terminating line (called number) information. Query Originators include:



  1. Operator Service Providers
  2. HUB Providers

  3. Billing Aggregators

  4. AIN Platform Applications

  5. End Offices


LIDB is used for calling card validation, fraud prevention, billing or service restrictions and the sub-account information to be included on the call's billing record.


LIDB is a component of Brightspeed™s Common Channel Signaling (CCS) Signaling System 7 (SS7) network. Access to Brightspeed's LIDB is provided through Brightspeed's Common Channel Signaling Access Capability (CCSAC) via a CCS Link. You may obtain your connection to the Brightspeed CCSAC either directly through your own SS7 network, or you may contract with a third party, or Hub Provider, to interconnect with the Brightspeed SS7 network. Click here for more information on Brightspeed's Common Channel Signaling Access Capability/Signaling System 7 (CCSAC/SS7) network.


Internetwork Calling Name (ICNAM) is a service that works in the same manner as LIDB. With ICNAM, rather than returning calling card or bill name validation data, the query data returned is the name of the calling party. Click here for more information on ICNAM.


LIDB services provide data storage and administration and query access to the data. Data storage and administration allows you to store and administer your own data in the Brightspeed LIDB. LIDB query access service provides information to service platforms as a result of SS7 query/response transaction processing.


You can choose to store and administer your data in the Brightspeed LIDB and/or request Brightspeed LIDB Query Service. You do not need to store your information in Brightspeed's LIDB in order to query data in the database.


There are three separate services associated with LIDB and this Product Description section provides information about each of these services:


  • Line Information Database (LIDB) Data Storage

  • Line Validation Administration System (LVAS) Access

  • LIDB Query Service.


Line Information Database (LIDB) Data Storage


LIDB Data Storage allows you the ability to store your own data in Brightspeed LIDB. LIDB stores various telephone line numbers and Special Billing Number (SBN) data used by Query Originators to process and bill Alternately Billed Services (ABS) calls. A Special Billing Number is a record based on an NPA-0/1XX-XXXX numbering format, as opposed to the telephone number. ABS requests utilize the data stored to bill calls to accounts that may not be associated with the originating telephone number. The line record stored in LIDB contains information as follows:


  • Special Billing Number

  • Originating Line Number Screening Data

  • Third Number Acceptance Indicators

  • Collect Acceptance Indicators

  • Service and Equipment

  • Class of Service

  • Calling Name

  • Account Owner

  • Regional Accounting Office (RAO)


Brightspeed applies a service provider identifier to each end-user line record in LIDB. This identifier will designate the owner of each line record to ensure the records of one provider are not shared with another provider. LIDB database management is considered a "safe harbor" in Brightspeed. Access to LIDB is limited to a specific group of Brightspeed employees responsible for managing the database. By providing only restricted access to the databases, Brightspeed ensures that the privacy of end-user records is maintained.


You are responsible to provide your initial data and subsequent changes to the LIDB administrative system and to provide complete and accurate data to LIDB.


If you purchase Resale or commercial local exchange services, e.g. Brightspeed Local Service Platform™ (CLSP™) from Brightspeed, LIDB Data Storage is part of the offering. If you are a facility-based CLEC and would like Brightspeed to provide LIDB Data Storage on your behalf, rates are available in Brightspeed Operating Companies Tariff F.C.C. No. 11 Tariffs/Catalogs/ Price Lists.


Line Validation Administration System (LVAS)


Line Validation Administration System (LVAS) access is only available to facility-based CLECs. LVAS is the system that is used to change, add and delete records in LIDB. If you subscribe to LIDB Data Storage, and you have your line information stored in Brightspeed LIDB, LVAS is the system that is used to update your line records. LVAS audits stored information and assures accurate responses. You must have LIDB Data Storage to gain access to Line Validation Administration System (LVAS).


You can update LVAS in three ways:


  • Via creation of an ASCII file of your transactions and then e-mailing that file to Brightspeed. The e-mail address will be provided by your Brightspeed Service Manager.


  • File Transfer Protocol (ftp) a file to Brightspeed via the Internet


  • Via a web interface NOTE: The setup of this web interface is required no matter which update mechanism is chosen for ongoing updates.


All update mechanisms require setup assistance from your Brightspeed Service Manager depending on which process is chosen.


LIDB Query Service


LIDB Query Service provides information to Query Originators for use in processing Alternately Billed Services (ABS) calls. If you use another company's service platform, (e.g., you purchase operator services from a third party, or you provide service only through resale or unbundled local switching arrangements), you do not need to arrange for LIDB Query Service. Query Originators are the only companies that request Brightspeed's LIDB Query Service.


The Query Originator obtains end-user line information stored in the Brightspeed LIDB when it launches a LIDB ABS query to the Brightspeed LIDB on a specific telephone number stored in the Brightspeed LIDB. The Query Originator launches the query through Brightspeed's SS7 signaling network. The Brightspeed LIDB sends a response containing the requested information on the specified telephone number over the signaling network.


Validation queries are designed to support ABS requests. Originating Line Number Screening (OLNS) queries are designed to support operator services and other service platforms that need call processing, billing, and service handling information.




LIDB Services are available in all Brightspeed territories.