Voice Your Opinions About The '740' Area Code Changes
By Rep. Brian Hill (R-Zanesville)
November 19, 2013
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The people of central and southeast Ohio learned that the 740 area code, which many in that region share, is expected to run out of phone numbers some time in 2015. In response, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) will be taking action to relieve the problem.

One of two options currently being considered will be used. The first option is to allow all current users of 740 area codes to dial 10 digits when making local phone calls within the 740 territory. The second option includes a split, under which seven-digit dialing would still be available, but about half of all wireless and landline users would have to change their phone numbers.

The North American Number Plan Administration, which oversees the distribution and management of telephone numbers and area codes, informed PUCO about the necessary changes.

From now until November 27th, PUCO is seeking public comment about these proposed changes in order to hear what residents think should be done. The more voices that are heard throughout this process will ensure that the commission is able to come to a decision that best serves 740 residents.

PUCO Chairman Todd Snitchler is asking that people participate in the public comment period. “Through a consumer survey on our website, individuals can vote on their preference on an overlay or split option for the 740 area code and provide comments that will be part of the official record in this case,” he said in a release.

If you have ideas or opinions you would like to share, you can do so through an online survey at the PUCO web site (www.PUCO.ohio.gov). There you can also find additional information about the potential changes. You can also call PUCO at 1-800-686-7826.

As always, if you have questions about these changes or any other state-related matter, I am happy to be of assistance. Please call or e-mail at any time.

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