Running out of area code 850 phone numbers

The Florida Public Service Commission says new telephone numbers in the 850 area code will likely be exhausted in early 2022. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - There aren't enough 850 area code phone numbers to go around. That's according to the Florida Public Service Commission.

The Florida PSC says the 850 area code will be likely exhausted in early 2022. Proposals to provide new telephone numbers in north Florida will be talked about next Friday, September 6th, in Tallahassee.

The public is invited to attend the workshop and comment of the 850 area code relief plan.

PSC says proposals include the industry recommended "all -services overlay" plan. The “all-services overlay” plan would assign an additional area code to the same geographic region as the existing 850 area code. Each proposal will require ten-digit dialing for all calls, but existing customers will retain their current phone numbers.

An area code reaches "exhaust" when nearly all of the telephone prefixes within that area code are assigned. Prefixes follow the area code and are the first three numbers of a customer's local phone number. The North American Numbering Plan Administration will assign an area code after the PSC reviews and approves the relief plan.

If you're interested in going to the workshop, it will be at 1 p.m., September 6th, at the Betty Easley Conference Center, Joseph P. Cresse Hearing Room (Room 148), 4075 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, Florida.

The workshop will also be online at http://www.floridapsc.com/ .

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