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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "IURC recommends overlay method for new Southern Indiana area code"

Eric Bradner reports for the Evansville Courier & Press:

The current 812 area code, which spans the full width of the state south of Indianapolis and includes Evansville, Terre Haute, Bloomington and New Albany, is expected to run out of available numbers in 2015.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission is currently trying to decide between two options to remedy the problem: An “overlay” or a geographic split.

The overlay would allow Hoosiers to keep their current numbers, and the state would create a new area code for new phones in the 812 region. If that happens, Hoosiers would have to dial an area code even as they make local calls.

The other possibility is a geographic split. Under that scenario, the current 812 region would be divided, with parts of it keeping their current area code and other parts being shifted into a new area code.

Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor David Stippler recommended the overlay, which his office said is an option that Indiana’s neighboring states – Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan – have all already implemented.

“Overlays either have been or are being implemented in 24 states including all four that border Indiana,” Stippler’s Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor said in a news release Thursday.

“With an overlay, consumers must use 10-digit dialing (area code + local number) for local calls. But local calling areas do not change, and calls that are local before a new area code is added remain local afterward.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 16, 2013 03:57 PM
Posted to Indiana Government