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New area code on the way for 315 region

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The state Public Service Commission has extended the comment period for a plan to add another area code in Northern and Central New York. Eighteen counties currently use area code 315.

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Julie Grant
Reporter and Producer

In a press release, the Commission says experts predict the 315 region will be out of assignable numbers by the first quarter of 2015.

There was a similar concern in 2007. The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that the Commission launched proceedings to add an area code then. In 2008, a court ruled that existing customers would keep their current area code and phone numbers, but most new phone numbers would be assigned to the new area code. All callers would need to dial a 10-digit number, even for local calls.

The plan was disbanded in 2009, when the sluggish economy slowed issuance of new phone numbers.

People wishing to comment on the current area code proposal now have until July 31. Here's a link to the Commission's website, with options how to comment (scroll to the bottom.)

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