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News release

June 14, 2007

New dialing to come in Alberta

OTTAWA-GATINEAU — The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that effective September 12, 2008, 10-digit local dialing will be required for all local calls in Alberta.

To prevent the exhaustion of telephone numbers in the area code 403 and 780 regions, 10-digit dialing will begin on June 23, 2008. The change to 10-digit dialing will be gradually introduced over the following weeks and become mandatory by September 12, 2008.

Also effective on September 12, 2008, a new area code, 587, will be introduced to provide area code 403 and 780 regions with new numbers. This means that customers seeking new numbers in the current 403 and 780 area code regions could be given a number starting with area code 587.

These measures are being implemented in response to the Canadian Numbering Administrator's forecast that the area code 403 and 780 regions will run out of telephone numbers by March 2009 and October 2009 respectively.

The CRTC

The CRTC is an independent, public authority that regulates and supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

Reference documents: Telecom Decision CRTC 2007-42, Code relief for area codes 403 and 780 - Alberta [.htm][.pdf]
Telecom Public Notice CRTC 2007-1, Relief planning for numbering plan areas (NPAs) 403 and 780 in Alberta [.htm][.pdf]

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Date Modified: 2007-06-14