Geographic Split Plan Approved for New York's 716 Calling Area; 585 Will Be the New Area Code

Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from North American Numbering Plan Administration

    WASHINGTON, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- North American Numbering Plan
 Administration (NANPA) announced today that a new area code (585) -- has been
 assigned to the western part of New York State.
     The assignment of the new 585 area code for western New York comes after
 the FCC approved a geographic split plan along county boundaries on March 16,
 2001 for relief of the 716 area code.
     Telephone customers in Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Allegany, Monroe,
 Livingston, Ontario, Yates, and Steuben counties will receive the new 585 area
 code.
     Customers in Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties and the
 Tonawanda and Oil Springs Indian Reservations will retain the 716 area code.
 The boundary line of the geographic split runs north and south and is drawn to
 the east of Niagara, Erie, and Cattaraugus counties.
     On May 22, 2000, the New York Public Service Commission ordered the
 geographic split plan and now since the new 585 area code has been assigned,
 planning for implementation of the new area code is underway.  Activation
 dates will be finalized during telecommunications implementation meetings by
 the end of April 2001.
     Once the new area code is implemented, calls made from the 716 area code
 to those counties in the new 585 area code will require 1+10 digit dialing
 (1+area code+phone number).  Tentatively, customers may begin using the new
 585 area code on November 15, 2001.
     Sandra Boclair, NANPA's area code relief planner for the Eastern Region,
 which includes New York, said the introduction of the new 585 is needed due to
 an increase in competition in the local phone service market and the growing
 demand by the public for additional telephone numbers.
     Boclair said the addition of the new area code in New York will not affect
 the cost of telephone calls.  "Local calls will remain local calls regardless
 of the area code dialed," she noted.
     When changing to a new area code, customers should remember to do the
 following, if their old area code is currently used in their programming and
 materials:
 
     *  Change stationery, business cards and advertising to reflect the
        correct area code.
     *  Update fax machine group calling lists.
     *  Reprogram speed dialers, auto dialers, alarms and PBX (private phone
        systems).
     *  Reprogram out-dial lists on personal computers.
     *  Update or reprogram private-dial entry access systems.
 
     A telecommunications industry group, comprised of service providers from
 various industry segments, collectively develops and recommends area code
 relief plans for New York State.  Relief activities for the area codes in New
 York are administered by NeuStar, Inc., which was selected by the Federal
 Communications Commission to serve as the NANPA.
 
     NANPA is the neutral, third party administrator that works with the
 telecommunications industry in developing area code relief plans.  NANPA also
 oversees the assignment of area codes, three-digit central office codes,
 carrier identification codes, and other numbering resources throughout the
 United States, Canada, Bermuda and many of the Caribbean islands.
     NeuStar, Inc. is an independent company that provides neutral, third-party
 clearinghouse services to the communications industry.
     Visit NANPA online at http://www.nanpa.com and NeuStar, Inc. at
 http://www.neustar.com .
 
 

SOURCE North American Numbering Plan Administration
    WASHINGTON, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- North American Numbering Plan
 Administration (NANPA) announced today that a new area code (585) -- has been
 assigned to the western part of New York State.
     The assignment of the new 585 area code for western New York comes after
 the FCC approved a geographic split plan along county boundaries on March 16,
 2001 for relief of the 716 area code.
     Telephone customers in Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Allegany, Monroe,
 Livingston, Ontario, Yates, and Steuben counties will receive the new 585 area
 code.
     Customers in Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties and the
 Tonawanda and Oil Springs Indian Reservations will retain the 716 area code.
 The boundary line of the geographic split runs north and south and is drawn to
 the east of Niagara, Erie, and Cattaraugus counties.
     On May 22, 2000, the New York Public Service Commission ordered the
 geographic split plan and now since the new 585 area code has been assigned,
 planning for implementation of the new area code is underway.  Activation
 dates will be finalized during telecommunications implementation meetings by
 the end of April 2001.
     Once the new area code is implemented, calls made from the 716 area code
 to those counties in the new 585 area code will require 1+10 digit dialing
 (1+area code+phone number).  Tentatively, customers may begin using the new
 585 area code on November 15, 2001.
     Sandra Boclair, NANPA's area code relief planner for the Eastern Region,
 which includes New York, said the introduction of the new 585 is needed due to
 an increase in competition in the local phone service market and the growing
 demand by the public for additional telephone numbers.
     Boclair said the addition of the new area code in New York will not affect
 the cost of telephone calls.  "Local calls will remain local calls regardless
 of the area code dialed," she noted.
     When changing to a new area code, customers should remember to do the
 following, if their old area code is currently used in their programming and
 materials:
 
     *  Change stationery, business cards and advertising to reflect the
        correct area code.
     *  Update fax machine group calling lists.
     *  Reprogram speed dialers, auto dialers, alarms and PBX (private phone
        systems).
     *  Reprogram out-dial lists on personal computers.
     *  Update or reprogram private-dial entry access systems.
 
     A telecommunications industry group, comprised of service providers from
 various industry segments, collectively develops and recommends area code
 relief plans for New York State.  Relief activities for the area codes in New
 York are administered by NeuStar, Inc., which was selected by the Federal
 Communications Commission to serve as the NANPA.
 
     NANPA is the neutral, third party administrator that works with the
 telecommunications industry in developing area code relief plans.  NANPA also
 oversees the assignment of area codes, three-digit central office codes,
 carrier identification codes, and other numbering resources throughout the
 United States, Canada, Bermuda and many of the Caribbean islands.
     NeuStar, Inc. is an independent company that provides neutral, third-party
 clearinghouse services to the communications industry.
     Visit NANPA online at http://www.nanpa.com and NeuStar, Inc. at
 http://www.neustar.com .
 
 SOURCE  North American Numbering Plan Administration