By Wayne Allen
November 7, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
The 740 area code in Ohio is anticipated to run out of numbers in 2015. As a result, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) has open a case investigating what to do about it.
According to released information from the PUCO, the commission has been notified by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) that the 740 area code is projected to run out of available phone numbers by the second quarter of the year 2015. NANPA oversees the distribution of telephone numbers and assigns area codes for the entire United States.
As a part of its case, PUCO has placed a survey on its website which asks residents their desired outcome from two options.
“There are two viable options under consideration in the case being looked at by the PUCO to address the 740 area code issue: Option 1 involves an overlay. An overlay would permit 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 2 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 landline customers within the current area code to change their telephone numbers.”
According to estimates, the last time the area underwent an area code change was in December of 1997 when it changed from 614 to 740.
“The PUCO is encouraging Ohioans in the 740 area code to engage with us during this process, to reach an outcome that ultimately serves them best,” Todd A. Snitchler, PUCO Chairman said in a released statement. “Through a consumer survey on our website, individuals can vote on their preference on an overlay or split option for the 740 area code and provide comments that will be part of the official record in this case.”
For more information about the case or to complete the survey visit, www.PUCO.ohio.gov or call 1-800-686-PUCO (7826). The public comment period in the case will close on Nov. 27.
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