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Central PA Residents & Businesses Switching to 10-Digit Dialing in ‘717’ Area Code in August

puc_sealThe Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today reminded residents and businesses across Central Pennsylvania served by the 717 area code of the upcoming switch to 10-digit dialing for all local calls – in preparation for the activation of a new “overlay” area code, which will serve the entire region.

According to the implementation schedule for the “223” overlay area code, mandatory 10-digit dialing for all local calls will begin on Aug. 26, 2017. Starting on that date, if callers only dial a seven-digit number, they will reach a recorded announcement instructing them to hang up and redial the number using the area code plus the seven-digit number.

For the past several months, telephone callers in the 16-county 717 service area have been encouraged to voluntarily use 10-digit dialing (717 + the full local telephone number). The new 223 overlay area was approved based on forecasts that the remaining supply of available telephone numbers in the 717 area code was close to exhaustion.

According to Neustar, Inc., the neutral third party area code relief planner for Pennsylvania, the dialing plan for the 717/223 area code is as follows:

  • Local & Toll calls from the 717/223 area to other numbers inside the 717/223 area:
    Dial 10-digits (717 or 223 + XXX-XXXX)
  • Local & Toll Calls from the 717/223 area to numbers in another area code:
    Dial 1 + 10-Digits (1 + XXX-XXX-XXXX)
  • Operator Services (Credit card, collect, third party):
    Dial 0 + 10-digit (0 + XXX-XXX-XXXX)

The PUC’s Order approving the overlay plan specifies that any new numbers for the 223 overlay area code shall not be released until Sept. 26, 2017, and that requests for numbers in the 717 area code will continue to be honored as long as resources are available.

To learn how Prince Law Offices, P.C. can assist you or your business with telecommunications law and PUC matters, contact attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin at Prince Law Offices, P.C.

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717 Area Code adding 223 Overlay

puc_sealNovember 9, 2016, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved a plan to implement an overlay for the 16-county region in Central Pennsylvania served by the 717 area code by adding 223.

The new area code numbers will be assigned to new telephone numbers once the available supply of numbers in the current 717 area code are exhausted.  New area codes are needed when existing area codes exhaust their supply of “NXX” codes (which is the second set of three digits in a 10-digit telephone number, NPA-NXX-XXXX).

Based on current forecast predictions, the supply of phone numbers available in the 717 area code is projected to exhaust by the third quarter of 2017.

In addition, telephone numbers for the 215/267 area code near Philadelphia are expected to be exhausted in the second quarter of 2018 and the PUC has authorized another area code overlay there too.

To learn how Prince Law Offices, P.C. can assist you or your business with PUC matters, contact attorney Jeffrey A. Franklin at Prince Law Offices, P.C.

 

 

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Pennsylvania PUC Enhances Ability to Search for Utility Complaints

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced a series of enhancements to the PUC website in order to make it easier for consumers to find and review complaints involving utilities.

“Earlier this year we launched a new website feature that allows users to search by company for formal complaints filed against regulated utilities,” Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer explained. “Our latest updates take that process another step forward, allowing consumers to access complaint information from the front page of our website, using just one click of the mouse or a single tap on the screen.”

PaPUC Seach Complaints

Using prominent links on the PUC website, you can now automatically jump to the complaint search for specific types of regulated utilities, including: electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, water/wastewater and transportation. Additionally, a “Search for Consumer Complaints” link has been added to each industry category on the website, and this is the first link provided to visitors who are reviewing information on the site.

The updated search function is part of an ongoing effort by the PUC to make clearer information available about all utilities operating in Pennsylvania. Links to the enhanced complaint searches have also been added to the PUC’s PAPowerSwitch website, which offers detailed information about power shopping options available to consumers.

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Prince Law Offices, P.C. can assist you or your business with PUC or utility concerns and help you reduce your utility bills and utilize renewable energy.  Contact Attorney Jeff Franklin for more information.

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