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Press Release

AREA CODE RELIEF PLANNED FOR SOUTHEAST FLORIDA
754 will be the New Overlay Code

Washington, DC (December 4, 2000) --- The North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA) announced today that a new overlay area code ---(754)--- has been assigned to the Broward County area of Southeast Florida.

The area currently served by the 954 area code has been assigned the 754 overlay code. The 954 area code is projected to exhaust Third Quarter 2002. Activation dates and the customer education plan for the new overlay code will be determined at a later date.

The area code relief plan was recommended by a telecommunications industry group. The group considered several alternatives for relief of the 954 calling area before reaching agreement on the overlay plan. The Florida Public Service Commission approved the overlay relief plan last month.

In the overlay plan, an additional area code is added to the same geographic area currently served by the existing 954 area code. All existing numbers will retain the current area code 954, but new telephone customers for local phone service, cellular and paging services, and alarms, may be assigned a telephone number in the new 754 overlay area code.

In addition, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires that all local telephone calls made in an overlay area code use a 10-digit (area code + seven digit phone number) dialing plan. In Florida, all local calls made within and between the 954 and the new 754 area codes must be made dialing 10-digits. Thomas C. Foley, NANPA's area code relief planner for the Eastern Region, which includes Florida, said the introduction of the new 754 area code is needed due to an increase in competition in the local phone service market, the growing demand by the public for additional telephone numbers, and a technical requirement in the phone network that currently allocates phone numbers in blocks of 10,000.

Foley said the addition of the new overlay area code would not affect the cost of telephone calls. "Local calls will remain local calls regardless of the area code dialed," he noted.

A telecommunications industry group, comprised of service providers from various industry segments, collectively develops area code relief plans for Florida. Relief activities for the area codes in Florida are administered by NeuStar, Inc., which was selected by the FCC to serve as the NANPA.

NANPA is the neutral, third party administrator that works with the telecommunications industry in developing area code relief plans. NANPA also oversees the assignment of area codes, three-digit central office codes, carrier identification codes, and other numbering resources throughout the United States, Canada, Bermuda and 16 Caribbean countries.

Visit NANPA online at www.nanpa.com and NeuStar, Inc. at www.neustar.com.

For media inquiries, please contact Bill Stern, spokesman for the North American Numbering Plan Administration, at 202-533-2648.

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