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Why 315-ers won't have to change area codes, yet

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The state is once again shelving a plan to split up the 315 area code. New York's Public Service Commission announced yesterday a revised forecast finds there will be enough phone numbers to last until the second half of 2016. An earlier forecast put the date at the beginning of 2015.

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David Sommerstein
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The PSC had been studying whether to create a new area code for a part of the 315 region, which stretches from Syracuse and Utica north to Massena. The other option is to overlay a new area code for the whole region for all new phone numbers, which would require everyone to dial 10 numbers.

The PSC originally began studying the new area code in 2007.

State Senators Joe Griffo and Patty Ritchie both praised the delay in press releases, saying a new code would have been costly for businesses and confusing for people. Ritchie said she had heard from hundreds of concerned people. "From small business owners concerned about a loss of customers to local people who identify themselves as '315ers', the change would have a real impact," said Ritchie in the press release. "I'm pleased that the PSC listened to those who spoke out and decided to put the proposal on hold."

It's unclear what will happen when the issue arises again before the 2016 date.

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