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New 740 area code options laid out

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PUCO to make decision on new plan before year's end


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Some changes are in the works for phone service in east central Ohio.  The central and southeast areas of Ohio have grown so significantly that by the second quarter of 2015, the 740 area code no longer may be able to serve all residents and businesses in need of a phone number. 
The North American Numbering Plan Administrator, which controls the release of phone numbers, recently notified the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio that the area code will be exhausted and a new one must be created.  There are two basic plans before the commission.
"Option one involves an overlay, which  would permit the retention of all current 740 numbers, but require 10-digit dialing for local calls within the 740 area. All new subscribers would receive the new area code.
Option two involves a split. Under a split, seven-digit dialing of local calls would remain within the area code, but would require approximately half of wireless and land line customers within the current area code to change their telephone numbers."
Reports indicate that many, including AT&T, Verizon and other industries, prefer  the overlay.  The 5 member PUCO board will likely make a decision on a plan before the end of the year.


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