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Public Utility Commission studying changes to 717 area code

AP

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has voted to delay splitting the 16-county area currently using the 717 area code.

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The PUC voted 5-0 on Thursday to delay a decision that would split the area and give half of it a new area code.

The PUC says it wants to study an overlay, meaning that all new numbers in the area would get a new area code. That means everybody in the 16-county region would also have to dial 10 numbers — the area code, plus the seven-digit phone number — to make calls within those 16 counties.

The PUC is considering the options because the 717 area code is projected to run out of phone numbers in two years.