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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Shinglehouse To Get New Area Code/Rest of Potter County & Emporium Tied To Altoona

New Area Code Boundaries Isolate Potter
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today approved a plan to split the 814 area code along geographic boundaries to avoid running out of phone numbers, creating a new area code for customers in portions of northwestern Pennsylvania.


The Commission voted 5-0 to split the area code along rate center boundaries. The new area code will be applied to Jefferson, Elk and McKean counties and west. The boundary runs in a north/south direction east of the rate centers Singlehouse, Wilcox, Kersey, Dubois and Sykesville. Maps showing the county split and the rate center split are available on the Commission’s website.

On June 9, 2009, Neustar petitioned the PUC for area code relief. Because of concerns over the disruptions changes to area codes can cause, the PUC held a comment period, followed by public input hearings. During that process, the PUC received significant input from the public supporting a geographic split.

In light of that public feedback, the Commission said the geographic split for the 814 area code created less inconveniences than an overlay. Because of the geographic size of the 814 area code and the location of population centers, the Commission said the geographic split was more practical for the 814 area code.

With the geographic split, consumers may continue to dial seven digits for local calling. The other option available to the Commission – an overlay – would have covered the entire 814 area code with a new area code and required 10-digit dialing throughout a large geographic area in Pennsylvania. More...While most Potter County residents & businesses are breathing a sigh of relief at not having to change their phone numbers, a closer look at the boundaries shows Shinglehouse telephone subscribers in the new area code, and 7 number dialing access for the rest of Potter County is limited locally to Emporium, Potter County except Shinglehouse, and a small portion of northern Tioga County. Numbers in neighboring McKean County will now require dialing all ten numbers.

7 digit dialing is however available to a large area south of Interstate 80 including the Altoona area on the other side of the big woods.

The PUC held public hearings to get input on the changes in some of the larger population centers of the state. Some of those hearings drew little or no interest.

13 comments :

Anonymous said...

so will it be long distance to call from Coudy to Shinglehouse? That's really rotten! And from Millport to Shinglehouse?

Solomon's words for the wise said...

I don't believe that the toll charges will change from what they are now with this new area code setup. This only addresses the area you will be able to dial only 7 digits (within the area code). It does not address any changes in the toll charges.

Anonymous said...

Great 12 miles away from my dad and now your going to change his area code, its extremely difficult for the elderly to change something they have had almost forever but..........wonder how this will work with his Zito phone services and if these new ten digit numbers will be portable?

Anonymous said...

I have been in multiple area where area codes changed over short distances, in fact many cities have multiple area codes in a single city. They work it the same as it is now charge wise. If your area say 814-274-XXXX borders another area like 814-544-XXXX that is not a long distance call. The only change will be that you will now have to add digits when dialing that bordering area. The real bitch is that we are going to have to change all of our contact information and the initial 911 dispatching may be quite confusing for a while.

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't be any problem lugging around the phone book with the rapid dropping of land lines and increase usage in cells which aren't listed in the book. My biggest concern is that the will be a paper shortage in the outhouse out back.

Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight..... if I have a current 814 number west of the split then I will be getting a new number? How does this work with cell phones? How do they notify everyone?

Anonymous said...

For those of you who will be changing your area code, an anonymous source from NeuStar tells me that the new area code will be 582. As such, if your current number is 814-555-0123 and you are in the area slated to change, your new number will be 582-555-0123.

Anonymous said...

I have a solution! Put up cell towers Verizon and who would care about the rest of this!!!

Anonymous said...

Good thought 8:23AM. Well at least it would be until you needed 911. We don't need more people irradiating brain cells while annoying the rest of us by making their personal drama public. However, if some of those people wanted to strategically place their cell phones to nuke reproduction possibilities...I don't see a problem with that. To the point, there are many benefits to having a land-line along with a cell phone. Maybe I'm just cantankerous but why do people want to be reached all the time anyway

Anonymous said...

microwaves and computers and tv's radiate your body also

Anonymous said...

which of the 10 numbers I push is the area code?

Anonymous said...

How about doing something with the duplicate addresses that run along Route 44 from North to South. It would be nice if we were able to receive packages from FedEx, UPS, Home Depot delivery services, etc. without having deliveries returned because they went to the wrong address and no one was at that address expecting a delivery. This has happened almost every time we have tried to receive deliveries!! Very frustrating!!!

Anonymous said...

We should all be glowing in the dark by now. Microwaves, cell phones, computers, TV, dental and medical x-rays, alarm clocks, and the list goes on. Deosn't irritate me when somebody is being rude, talking loud on their cell phones in public, I just talk louder or pretend I am screaming in delight at seeing a friend across the way...Hey,there's more than one way to get the point across. It's a shame though that one has to resort to rudeness also, just to prove a point. Ah, what is this world coming to?