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10-digit dialing now mandatory in 270 area code
'You must first dial an area code when dialing this number . . . ' is this morning's greeting if you don't remember to make the change.
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By Andrew Melnykovych
News from the Kentucky Public Service Commission
Everybody who works or lives in area code 270 must use 10-digit local calls starting today
Public Service Commission Chairman David Armstrong reminds everyone who use automatic dialing in their telephone, computer, fax machine or other telecommunications devices that updates, if not already done, must be done now. The end of seven-digit call ended at midnight, January 31, 2014.
Area code 364 was created in December 2012 when the PSC decided that the best way to meet the need for more telephone numbers in area code 270 was through the creation of an overlay, which superimposes a new area code over an existing area code.
The overlay option is the least disruptive for all customers and imposes the smallest cost on businesses in the area, the PSC said in its order creating area code 364. This is the first area code in Kentucky created by an overlay. Dialing 1 for local calls is not necessary now and will not be necessary after Feb. 1. Local calls will not become long-distance calls.
The PSC noted that area code overlays have become the preferred method for creating new area codes nationwide. Overlays pose the fewest technical issues for implementation by an increasing complex telecommunication industry, the PSC said.
The first numbers using area code 364 may be assigned beginning March 3, 2014. Area code 270 numbers can be assigned after that date, but their availability will depend on how many remain in the inventory of each individual service provider.
Service providers in area code 270 are required by the PSC to educate their customers about the changes resulting from the new area code. The PSC is an independent agency attached for administrative purposes to the Energy and Environment Cabinet. It regulates more than 1,500 gas, water, sewer, electric and telecommunication utilities operating in Kentucky and has approximately 90 employees.
TEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT KENTUCKY'S NEW AREA CODE
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