Mandatory 10-digit dialing goes into effect tomorrow
The mandatory 10-digit dialing goes into effect tomorrow, Saturday, February 1st.
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Only one week remains until the beginning of mandatory 10-digit dialing for local calls in area code 270.
“By now, residents and businesses in area code 270 should be aware of this change and be prepared for it,” Kentucky Public Service Commission Chairman David Armstrong said. “But if you have been putting off updating the automatic dialing in your telephone, computer, fax machine or other telecommunications devices, now is the time to do it.”
Mandatory 10-digit dialing (dialing the area code as well as the seven-digit local number) for local calls begins Feb. 1, when area code 364 is added to the same geographic area as the current area code 270.
Area code 364 was created in December 2012 when the PSC decided that the best way to meet the need for more telephone numbers in area code 270 was through the creation of an overlay, which superimposes a new area code over an existing area code.
“All current area code 270 number will stay the same when the new area code goes into effect,” Armstrong said. “It is just the dialing pattern that is changing.”
The overlay option is the least disruptive for all customers and imposes the smallest cost on businesses in the area, the PSC said in its order creating area code 364. This is the first area code in Kentucky created by an overlay.
Dialing 1 for local calls is not necessary now and will not be necessary after Feb. 1. Local calls will not become long-distance calls.
The first numbers using area code 364 may be assigned beginning March 3, 2014. Area code 270 numbers can be assigned after that date, but their availability will depend on how many remain in the inventory of each individual service provider.