HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today voted to approve a petition by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), Neustar Inc. (Neustar) approving its plan to implement an all-services distributed overlay for the geographic area covered by the 215/267 area code, which will create a new area code for the service area.
The Commission policy is to ensure that numbering resources are made available on an equitable, efficient and timely basis in Pennsylvania while ensuring that the impact of proliferating new area codes on consumers is as minimal as possible.
Because of the existing overlay in the 215/267 area code, only one method of area code relief, the overlay, has been recommended as appropriate by Neustar. An overlay plan means that once the existing telephone numbers in the 215/267 area code are exhausted, new telephone services in that geographic region would be assigned telephone numbers out of the new area code. Ten-digit local dialing would then apply to all telephone calls. In this instance, customers residing in the 215/267 geographic region already use 10-digit dialing for local and long distance calls. Therefore, the overlay is the least disruptive method of resolving the 215/267 area code exhaust issue, and the Commission will not seek comments on any alternatives to the recommended relief.
As part of the approval, Commission staff will hold public information sessions in the affected area to ensure the public is aware that a new area code will be implemented in their calling area. The public will have an opportunity to get answers to any questions they may have at these events, which will be scheduled closer to the actual implementation date for the new overlay area code and will be announced at a future date.
New area codes are needed when existing area codes exhaust their supply of “NXX” codes (which is the second set of three digits in a 10-digit telephone number, NPA-NXX-XXXX). NeuStar claims that the NXX codes or telephone numbers for the 215/267 area code will be exhausted in the second quarter of 2018.
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Docket No. P-2016-2560129