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According to the most recent projections by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), the 812 area code in southern Indiana is scheduled to run out of assignable telephone numbers in the second quarter of 2015. Although steps have been taken to delay the area code's exhaust date, there comes a point in time when relief is necessary. Due to the limited amount of time before exhaust, a petition was filed with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) under Cause No. 44233 on August 3, 2012.
Although the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has broad jurisdiction over telephone number issues, it delegates authority to the states on how to introduce new area codes. Therefore, when a petition is filed with the IURC, the agency does not determine whether to implement area code relief; rather, it decides how it should be done based on the evidence presented.
The most recent area code to exhaust in Indiana was 219. In this case, an area code split was found to be the best solution based on the testimony given by industry representatives and the public. Ultimately, the IURC determined to split the area into three different area codes: 219, 260, and 574. Prior to this, other areas in the state had also been split to accommodate the growing need for numbers. The evolution of area code relief is represented below:
Field hearings are an opportunity for the public to speak directly to the IURC and are always held in the affected service territory. Before each field hearing, the OUCC will conduct a brief educational session starting at 5:30 p.m. local time. For this proceeding, the following field hearings will take place:
Terre Haute - Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. EST
Terre Haute City Hall, Courtroom, 17 Harding Avenue, Terre Haute, IN 47807
Bloomington - Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. EST
Bloomington High School South, Auditorium, 1965 S. Walnut, Bloomington, IN 47404
Jeffersonville - Monday, March 11, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Jeffersonville High School, Auditorium, 2315 Allison Lane, Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Evansville - Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. CDT
Washington Middle School, Auditorium, 1801 Washington Avenue, Evansville, IN 47714
Vincennes - Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Vincennes Lincoln High School, Auditorium, 1545 S. Hart St. Road, Vincennes, IN 47591
French Lick - Monday, April 1, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Springs Valley Junior‐Senior High School, Auditorium, 326 S. Larry Bird Boulevard, French Lick, IN 47432
St. Meinrad - Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. CDT
St. Bede Theater, Saint Meinrad Archabbey, 200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN 47577
North Vernon - Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Jennings County Middle School, Auditorium, 820 West Walnut, North Vernon, IN 47265
St. Leon - Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. EDT
East Central High School, Auditorium, 1 Trojan Place, Suite A, St. Leon, IN 47012
Bedford - Monday, May 6, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Bedford North Lawrence High School, Cafeteria, 595 Stars Boulevard, Bedford, IN 47421
What are the options for area code relief?
The most common methods of relief for area codes nearing exhaust include a geographic split or an overlay. A geographic split divides the existing area code into two or more areas with one of the areas retaining the existing area code and the other area(s) being assigned a new area code. An overlay, on the other hand, allows a new area code to be assigned over the same geographic area as the existing area code, which would allow current users to keep their numbers; however, it also means a neighbor or new business could have a different area code although they may be located next door. This would result in the need for 10-digit dialing (the area code and the seven-digit telephone number) for all calls, regardless of whether they are local or long distance.
How can I participate?
The IURC will hold educational sessions about the process and the proposed alternatives for area code relief. These sessions are an opportunity for the public to ask questions and learn more about the issues at hand. Field hearings will also be held in different locations throughout central and southern Indiana. During these hearings, members of the public have the opportunity to speak directly to the IURC and provide testimony in the case. If individuals are unable to attend, written comments may still be submitted to the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor. For more information, please click here.
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