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New Area Code Coming in 2015
Posted on: 11/07/2013
By  Mike Cullums
The 740 area code is running out of phone numbers.

That's the word from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, which tells ONN it will implement a new area code by early 2015.

There are two ways to do that -- by splitting the existing area code in two, meaning everyone in half of the region would get a new area code -- or by what is called an overlay, meaning that existing phone customers can keep their 740 area code and new phone numbers would be assigned under the new area code.

The existing 740 area code was split off from 614 in the Nineties. It includes southeast Ohio and most of the counties that border Franklin County. That's where the number crunch is coming from. The population of Delaware County has nearly doubled in the past fifteen years. Licking and Fairfield counties are growing rapidly, as well.

The public will have until November 27 to vote or comment on whether you prefer a split or an overlay. To comment, call the PUCO at 1-800-686-7826 or visit
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