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As we previously reported, NPA 223 has been approved as an all-services overlay for the existing NPA 717 covering the south-central portion of the state. Implementation dates have now been set. Beginning August 26, 2017, all calls within NPA 717 (and within NPA 223, when activated) must be dialed with 10 digits. Calls to other NPAs must be dialed with 1+10-digits. The earliest activation of central office codes in the 223 NPA is September 26, 2017.

New York

The in-service date for new area code 332 is June 10, 2017.   As previously announced, NPA 332 is being added to the existing NPA overlay-complex of 212/646/917 in New York City.


Area code 709 serving Newfoundland and Labrador will be provided relief through a distributed overlay NPA. The new NPA, 879, will be implemented on November 24, 2018. At that time, local calls in the area must be dialed with 10-digits and toll calls must be dialed with 1+10-digits.
Similarly, the area code overlay complex of 418/581 serving Quebec is in need of relief. New area code 367 has been assigned for this purpose and will be added as an additional distributed overlay in this area. Area code 367 will implemented as of November 24, 2018.


New NPA 279 has been assigned for relief in Northern California where the current 916 area code is reaching exhaustion. The earliest activation date for central office codes in NPA 279 is March 10, 2018. The dialing plan in this area includes 1+ 10-digits for local and toll calls to within the NPA, and to all other NPAs. Permissive 1+10-digit dialing begins August 12, 2017. Mandatory 1+10-digit dialing begins February 10, 2018.

New 332 NPA

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

On November 19, 2015 the State of New York Public Service Commission approved an all services overlay as the relief method for the 212/646/917 NPA, which Serves the Manhattan area of New York City. The new 332 NPA will serve the rate center New York City Zone 01, currently served by the existing 212/646/917 NPA.  The earliest central office codes may be activated (Effective Date of the new 332 NPA) is May 10, 2017.

Area Code 825 Assigned to Canada

New area code 825 has been assigned by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator as a distributed overlay over the geographic area of the Province of Alberta currently service by area codes 403, 587, and 780.  Area code 825 will be implemented on April 9, 2016.  No changes in dialing patterns for this area will be required upon introduction of the new area code.

Relief Method for the 315 NPA

Friday, August 28, 2015

On July 16, 2015, the State of New York Public Service Commission approved an all services overlay as the relief method for the 315 NPA. The 315 NPA covers the west-central portion of New York serving communities such as Syracuse, Utica, and Watertown. The new 680 NPA will serve the same geographic area currently served by the existing 315 NPA.  NXX codes for the new 680 NPA will begin being assigned on March 11, 2017.

New Area Code for Indiana

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
On April 8, 2015 the Indiana Regulatory Commission (IURC) approved an all-services overlay as the relief method for the 317 NPA. The 317 NPA serves the central area of Indiana. The new 463 NPA will serve the same geographic area currently served by the existing 317 NPA. Because of the overlay relief method, ten digit dialing will be required for all calls in this area before central office codes can be assigned to the new NPA. Permissive ten-digit dialing begins March 19, 2016, and mandatory ten-digit dialing begins September 17, 2016. The earliest activate date for central office codes in the 461 NPA is October 17, 2016.



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