On Thursday (10/27/16), the Public Utility Commission’s made an unanimous decision to adopt an overlay area code for the 16 central Pennsylvania counties whose phone numbers start with 717. The PUC projects that by the third quarter of 2017 the usable phone numbers with the 717 area code will be exhausted.
Of the two options (“split” and “overlay”) suggested, the overlay area code relief option was strongly supported by the business community and the telecommunications industry. This option is projected to provide telephone numbers to the region for approximately 67 years.
Timeline for notification and implementation:
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