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‘223’ Assigned as New Overlay Number 717 Area Code

November 09, 2016

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has received notice that the number 223 will be the overlay for the 717 area code.

The new area code designation was selected by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), Neustar, Inc., the neutral third party area code relief planner for Pennsylvania. The new 223 area code number will be assigned to new telephone numbers once the available supply of numbers in the current 717 area code is exhausted.

On Oct. 27, 2016, the Commission voted 5-0 to approve the NANPA overlay plan, based on extensive public input from throughout the 16-county region in Central Pennsylvania served by the 717 area code. The overlay area code relief option was supported by the majority of individuals who submitted written comments or testified at the PUC’s Smart Hearings, along with the telecommunications industry.

Based on current forecast predictions, the supply of phone numbers available in the 717 area code is projected to exhaust by the third quarter of 2017.

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Docket No.: P-2015-2510230

Contact:Nils Hagen-Frederiksen
Press Secretary

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
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P.O. Box 3265, Harrisburg, PA 17105-3265
(717) 787-5722 FAX (717) 787-4193

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