Residents and businesses west central Pennsylvania will see a new overlay area code in spring of 2021 causing the necessity of 10 digital dialing when making local phone calls.
Until then, the Pennsylvania Utility Commission is suggesting that callers get used to using their area code when making calls now.
The PUC says area code 582 will be used for all new phone numbers issued after the available 814 numbers runs out.
Officials suggest maing sure your devices that store phone numbers, such as phones, alarm systems and medical alert systems, include the area code.
Voluntary 10 digital dialing begins on October 3, but becomes mandatory in April 3, 2021. The new area code will be used starting May 1, 2021.