AREA CODES: Wrong number?
GLASGOW, Dec 18, 2012 (Glasgow Daily Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
With a growing population and a shrinking list of available 270 phone number options, the Kentucky Public Service Commission announced Monday it will create a new area code that will overlay the current 270 region.
The new area code that will cover the region will be 364, and it will start to be assigned to new telephone users in 2014. No current 270 numbers will be affected by the change.
The overlay option was deemed the least disruptive and least expensive choice, the PSC said.
"This decision means that everyone who now has an area code 270 phone number can keep that number," PSC Chairman David Armstrong said. "The only thing that will change is that 10-digit dialing will be required for local calls beginning in early 2014."
The current system allows local 270 numbers to be dialed without an area code, and long-distance 270 numbers are dialed using a 1 and then 270. The new dialing system will be similar. Local numbers will require the 270 area code, and long distance 270 numbers will remain the same, dialed with a 1 and then 270. Added into the mix will be 364 numbers, which will follow the same rules as the 270 area code.
The Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce helped organize meetings about the proposed area code changes, and Executive Vice President Ernie Myers said he thought the idea of overlaying a new area code was better than splitting the region into two area codes. Something had to be done.
"Like it or not, the fact is the numbers have run out," Myers said.
For the full story, see the print or e-edition of Tuesday's Glasgow Daily Times.
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