315 Area Code Changes On Hold


Any potential changes to the 315 area code have been put on hold.

The New York State Public Service Commission made the announcement Thursday.

It says the latest projections show the 315 area code will not run out of phone numbers as quickly as expected.

The PSC said it made the decision based on a revised forecast from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA).

That's the agency responsible for administering area codes.

The latest projections extend the time needed to the third quarter of 2016 for a new area code in the 315 area.

"Due to the potential disruption that could be created when a new area code is added, it is prudent to temporarily postpone this proceeding given that extra time now exists before a decision must be made," said PSC Chair Audrey Zibelman in a news release. "However, as a result of all of the comments and suggestions we have received during the past months, we should be able to re-start the proceeding quickly should the need arise."

The Commission initially instituted the proceeding in December 2007 to investigate and evaluate options for making additional telephone numbers available in the existing 315 area code region, serving all or part of 18 northern and central New York counties.

However, subsequent updates over the years by NANPA indicated the area code would not exhaust as quickly as initially predicted.

In April of this year, NANPA had projected the phone numbers would run out in the first quarter of 2015, and based upon that forecast, the PSC restarted the proceeding and held public statement hearings to receive public comments.

However, NANPA has now projected the exhaust date to be the third quarter of 2016.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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