By Wayne Allen
December 5, 2013
Common Staff Writer
According the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), the 740 area code will run out of numbers in early 2015. As a result, PUCO opened a case to investigate what to do about it.
In November PUCO said there were two options under consideration to address the issue.
According to released information, “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.”
Through a consumer survey on the PUCO website, individuals voted on their preference on an overlay or split option for the 740 area code and provided comments.
Matthew Schilling, Public Information Officer for Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, said results of the survey show residents prefer the overlay option.
“It looks like about 70 percent of people that submitted comments wanted to do an overlay,” Schilling said.
There were 922 people that submitted comments for the survey, with 649 in favor of the overlay option and 276 in favor of the split option.
When asked what the options were moving forward Schilling said, “What will happen next is the commissioners (of PUCO) are reviewing the whole case. They are going to issue a decision on how the new area code will be addressed in the coming weeks.”
Schilling said PUCO has not done anything like they did with this survey.
“They (PUCO Commissioners) don’t have to go along with the results of the survey, it’s really up to them however they want to do it. Although it is certainly going to play a large role (in deciding how the new area code will be addressed),” Schilling said.
For more information about the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio visit, www.puco.ohio.gov.
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