PA-PUC Announces 272 as Overlay to 570 Area Code [telecom]

On Wednesday 21-July-2010, I wrote in "PA-PUC Approves Overlay to 570 Area Code":

The Pennsylvania-PUC has unanimously approved (5-0) an OVERLAY for the > 570 area code region in north-central and north-eastern Pennsylvania. > The PA-PUC had actually approved the overlay last week, on Thursday > 15-July-2010. There is a Press Release at the PA-PUC's website: > >

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and there are media reports at various local area radio/TV/newspaper > websites. > > The PA-PUC's press release indicates that the new overlay area code > will be needed by 3-Q/2011, and hopes that the telco industry will > have the overlay implemented by 01-March-2011. At present, 7-digit > dialing is still possible for local intra-570 calls, so there will > have to be what is probably going to be an expedited transition to > mandatory ten-digit intra-570 local dialing. > > [ ... ] > > The new area code digits are NOT indicated at this current PA-PUC > press release of Thursday 15-July-2010 ... > > ... but my *GUESS* is that 272 will be the new overlay area code.

Today, Friday 30-July-2010, the PA-PUC is now reporting that 272 is indeed going to be the overlay relief area code for the existing 570 area code.

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Radio/TV/Newspaper/etc. media/press/news websites are also now reporting

272 as the relief overlay area code, per the PA-PUC announcement.

NeuStar-NANPA's "Planned NPAs Not Yet in Service" webpage,

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indicates 272 as the forthcoming overlay to 570 in Pennsylvania. Actually, the page at NANPA's website was referencing 272 for 570 since last week, as early as Wednesday 21-July-2010 (maybe even earlier?), but it was only today that the PA-PUC and subsequently the press/media (radio/TV/newspapers/etc) first publicly announced that 272 is to be the new area code.

[ ... ] > > The other two area codes in Pennsylvania (both dating back to the > official "origins" of the NANP/Area Code Format of October 1947), > have also had area code "relief" planning by the telco industry and > regulatory. 814 for northwestern PA and western south-central PA, and > also 717 which is still retained by eastern south-central PA following > the 717/570 split of 1998/99 -- both have relief petitions pending > before the PA-PUC, overlays area requested in both cases by the telcos. > No indication of when the PA-PUC will make any kind of announcements > as to split vs. overlay (overlays are likely), and obviously not the > codes themselves, but my *GUESS* is for: > > 582 as the relief code for 814, > and 223 to overlay 717.
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I expect that NeuStar-NANPA and/or the PA-PUC will announce the actual

> code digits for the overlay to 570, within another several weeks, and > as mentioned above, my *GUESS* is that 272 will be the overlay. Also, > I tend to think that the PA-PUC will be making their split vs. overlay > decisions and subsequent announcements on 814 and 717 later this year, > in Fall 2010.

Well, NANPA was reflecting 272 on the "Planned NPAs Not Yet in Service" webpage since as early as Wednesday 21-July-2010, and now (today, Friday

30-July-2010) it is being announced by the PA-PUC and news/press/media sources as well.

Mark J. Cuccia markjcuccia at yahoo dot com Lafayette LA, formerly of New Orleans LA pre-Katrina

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