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315 Region Gets New Area Code

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

State regulators have approved the addition of a new area code in the 18-county 315 region of central New York.

The Public Service Commission voted Thursday to overlay a new area code over the existing code region so customers can keep their current telephone numbers.

An administrative law judge recommended the overlay option because it's easier and cheaper to implement than it would be to divide the region into multiple codes. It means customers will have to dial 10 digits for calls within the region, and 1 plus 10 digits outside the region.

The North American Number Plan Administrator has estimated that the 315 area code will run out of assignable phone numbers by early 2017. If the state doesn't act, the Federal Communications Commission would take over the process.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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