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Current Area Code Relief Projects in Ohio
OHIO 419/567 Overlay
Because of the increasing demand for new telecommunications services and increased competition, the Ohio 419 area code is running out of telephone prefixes. As a result, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio issued an order to add a new overlay area code, 567, to the existing 419 geographic area.
As the FCC requires for all overlay area codes, callers must change the way calls are dialed. Ten-digit dialing (area code + 7-digit telephone number) is required for all local calls placed from the 419 and 567 area codes as of December 1, 2002. Should you forget to dial all 10 digits after December 1, 2002, your call will not be completed. Instead, you will hear a recorded message reminding you to dial the area code + 7-digit telephone number. You will continue to dial 11 digits (1 + area code + 7-digit telephone number) for all local toll and long distance calls. Emergency 9-1-1 calls will not change. You still dial 9-1-1 in an emergency.
OHIO 614/380 Overlay
614 Overlay Mandatory Dialing date suspended
AT&T customers in the 614 area code began dialing 10 digits for all local calls on August 18, 2001. The Public Utility Commission of Ohio has suspended mandatory dialing at this time. Customers placing long distance calls will continue to dial 11 digits (1 + area code + telephone number).
OHIO 513/283 Overlay
513 Overlay Mandatory Dialing date suspended
AT&T customers in the 513 area code began dialing 10 digits (area code + 7-digit telephone number) for all local calls on January 15, 2001. The PUCO has suspended mandatory dialing at this time. Customers placing long distance calls will continue to dial 11 digits (1 + area code + telephone number).
10-Digit Local Dialing: The way you dial local calls will change
The Federal Communications Commission has required 10-digit dialing with area code overlays in order to level the playing field, so that new telephone companies can offer their services without suffering a competitive disadvantage. Without 10-digit dialing, established telephone companies may have an advantage over new telephone companies. Customers could find it less attractive to choose a new telephone company if doing so would mean always dialing ten digits, but choosing an established telephone company would allow them to dial only seven digits. In addition, ten-digit dialing permits fuller use of all of the numbers within an area code, extending the life of the area code.
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