Keys gets additional area code -- 786 [The Palm Beach Post, Fla. :: ]
(Palm Beach Post (FL) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) July 10--A new area code, 786, or SUN, will be shining over the Keys, along with its existing 305 area code, in an overlay implementation plan approved today by the Florida Public Service Commission.
The new area code will extend the supply of telephone numbers in the Keys, since available 305 area code numbers are expected to run out next spring.
The 786 area code will cover the same geographic boundaries covered by the Keys' current 305 area code. Existing telephone customers will keep their numbers, but as of April 18, 2015, everyone will have to dial the area code plus the seven-digit phone number to make local calls (10-digit dialing). On June 1, 2015, telephone numbers with 786 will be issued in the Keys.
"An additional area code is needed because of the Keys' growing population and the increased use of multiple phones, especially wireless," said PSC Chairman Art Graham. "Residents will keep their existing number, especially important to businesses and their customers."
To prepare for 10-digit dialing, the PSC is urging Keys' residents to revise printed materials, update directory listings, and reprogram systems and equipment to include area codes. Area code preparation suggestions are also posted under Hot Topics, "Facts on Recent FPSC Decisions" on the Commission's website, www.floridapsc.com.
Phone numbers in Florida and throughout the United States are governed by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator. NANPA originally estimated that the Keys 305 area code would be exhausted in the third quarter of 2001. Due to the PSC's pro-active number conservation measures, the exhaust date was consistently extended, delaying the need for another Keys area code for 14 years. In May, NANPA sent the PSC a revised exhaust date of second quarter 2015 for the 305/786 numbering plan.
For more information about the area code changes, residents can contact their local telephone carrier or call the PSC's toll-free line at 1-800-342-3552.
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