State Extends Comment Deadline On 315 Area Code

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Kris Rusho is marketing manager for Caskinette's Ford in Carthage and she uses her phone all the time to keep in touch with clients.

So when she hears that the state is considering a new area code, she has questions.

"I'm not really sure on how we're going to communicate to people that are new to this area that it doesn't mean we're a different state, it doesn't mean we're in a different area in a sense, it just means that we're right next door," said Rusho.

The problem is that there are only so many phone numbers to go around and the 315 area code has used most of them.

We're now due to run out in 2015.

There are two possible plans.

Either cut northern and central New York in half and give half a new area code or just give every new number a new area code.

"If you're trying to call Watertown from another state or another part of the country, you have to plug the area codes in anyway," said Steven Harter, who travels a lot and uses a cell phone.

The state Public Service Commission has extended the deadline for you to comment. 

You now have until the end of this month to speak your mind about the area code proposal.

Monday, April 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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