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10-digit dialing for 717 area code starts next month

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

Dialing a call to your neighbor will be three digits longer come next month.

FILE - This Wednesday, April 14, 2016, file photo, shows a push-button landline telephone, in Whitefield, Maine. According to a U.S. government survey released Thursday, May 4, 2017, homes and apartments with only cellphone service exceeded 50 percent for the first time, reaching 50.8 percent for the last six months of 2016. On the flip side, 45.9 percent of U.S. households still have landline phones, including newer internet-based services common with cable TV and internet packages, while the remaining households have no phone service at all. More than 39 percent of U.S. households have both landline and cellphone service. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

The state Public Utility Commission (PUC) is reminding residents and businesses with phone numbers within the 717 area code of the upcoming switch to 10-digit dialing on Aug. 26, 2017, according to a news release.

The switch is part of PUC’s overlay plan with Neustar Inc., the area code relief planner for the state.

PUC approves area code overlay

Phone numbers with a 717 area code are expected to be exhausted in the third quarter of 2018, according to the plan approved by the commission in October 2016.

The move to 10-digit dialing will allow the 223 area code to be used along with the 717 area code in central Pennsylvania, the release states.

New numbers with the 717 area code will continue to be provided as long as they are available, and the 223 area code will not be released in the area until Sept. 26, according to the release.

The overlay will extend the area’s numbering viability for another 67 years, according to the commission’s plan.

The dialing plan for the 717/223 area code region will be as follows:

  • Local and toll calls between users within the 717/223 area code — Dial 10-digits (717 or 223 + XXX-XXXX)
  • Local and toll calls from the 717/223 area to numbers in another area code — Dial 1 + 10-Digits (1 + XXX-XXX-XXXX)
  • Operator services (credit card, collect, third party) — Dial 0 + 10-digit (0 + XXX-XXX-XXXX)