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New area code could come to Central New York as 315 fills up

A new area code could be coming to Central New York and much of the North Country as the number of available phone numbers winds down.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A new area code could be coming to Central New York and much of the North Country as the number of available phone numbers winds down.

The 315 area code covers 18 counties from Onondaga to Seneca to St. Lawrence to Herkimer.

According to a post on the Public Service Commission’s website, the new area code could be “an overlay,” which means it would be inserted into the same area as the 315 area code. This would require everyone in region to dial 10 digits to make a call (1 + 3 digit area code + 7 digit number).

The other option would be a "geographic split," dividing up the current 315 area code. In a geographic split, people in one area keep their current phone numbers while people in the other would get a new area code and keep their current 7 digit number. This plan would also require having cell phone reprogrammed in the new area code region.

The PSC has considered the move before. They initially began looking into adding a new area code in 2008. However, the North American Numbering Plan Administrator determined the area code wouldn’t be exhausted as quickly as they anticipated.

The PSC says the number of assignable area codes will run out in the first quarter of 2015.

The commission is inviting people to comment on the possible move by visiting its website. The opinion forum will close on July 15.

More information can be obtained at AskPSC.com.

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