TALLHASSEE (CBSMiami / NSF) – State regulators are expected to approve the creation of an additional area code in Palm Beach County as area code 561 may run out of numbers, according to a recommendation from staff members at the Florida Public Service Commission.
The administrator of the North American numbering plan, an agency that oversees area codes, filed a proposal with the committee in October to approve what’s known as an “overlay,” meaning that a new code regional would cover the same territory as area code 561.
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New phone customers would receive the new area code, while existing customers would continue to use the 561 area code.
With the commission due to deal with the matter on Dec. 7, its staff recommended approval of the new area code last week.
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The proposal came after the commission over the past three years approved new area codes for Central Florida, Northwest Florida and the Tampa Bay area amid concerns over long-established area codes. and run out of numbers.
The state’s telecommunications industry has undergone tremendous changes over the past two decades, with residents disconnecting traditional phone lines and turning heavily to cell phones and technologies such as internet calling.
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