“We had six people show up, and three of those were news media,” said PSC Communications Director Andrew Melnykovych, who went on to say that the one person who spoke wanted a split instead of an overlay because she didn’t want to deal with 10-digit calls.
The PSC projects that the 270 area code will run out of available numbers by the first quarter of 2014, so the new area code – 364 – would have to be implemented by late 2013, said Melnykovych. They are considering two options for creating a new area code.
With the first option, telecommunications providers are recommending an overlay, which would create a second area code in the same territory now covered by the 270 area code. An overlay would allow for retention of all current 270 members but would require 10-digit dialing for local calls.
Another option that the PSC is considering is a split, which would assign the 364 area code to part of the current 270 area code territory. A split would keep seven-digit dialing for local calls but would require both wireless and landline customers within half of the current area code territory to change their phone numbers, PSC officials said.
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