New Overlay Area Codes Assigned To New Jersey's 201, 973 and 732 Calling Areas

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from North American Numbering Plan Administration

    WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The North American Numbering Plan
 Administration (NANPA) announced today that three new area codes -- 551, 356
 and 848 -- have been assigned to the areas currently served by the 201, 973
 and 732 area codes, respectively in northern New Jersey.
     The area code relief plan was recommended by a telecommunications industry
 group, which considered several alternatives for relief of the three area
 codes before reaching agreement on the overlay plan.  The State of New Jersey
 Board of Public Utilities adopted the overlay relief plan in an Order issued
 last month.  This area code relief is the first overlay plan approved for New
 Jersey.
     In an overlay relief plan, an additional area code is added to the same
 geographic area currently served by the existing area code.  All existing
 numbers will retain the current area code, but new telephone customers for
 local phone service, cellular and paging services, and alarms, may be assigned
 a telephone number in the new overlay area code.
     In addition, the new overlay plan requires that all telephone calls
 originating in an overlay area must use 10-digit dialing (area code + seven
 digit phone number).  This includes calls currently dialed with seven digits
 in either of the three existing area codes, calls within the same area code,
 and those made between the new overlay area codes.
     To introduce the new overlay area codes, a "permissive" dialing period
 will begin on July 1, 2001, allowing customers calling within the 201, 973 and
 732 area codes to dial either the seven or 10-digit telephone number.  During
 the "permissive" dialing period, customers are encouraged to begin dialing 10
 digits on all calls, to become accustomed to the new dialing plan in the
 existing 201, 973 and 732 calling areas.
     Mandatory dialing begins on December 1, 2001.  At this time, callers must
 use the new 10-digit dialing pattern to complete their calls within and
 between the 201, 973 and 732 area codes and the new 551, 356 and 848 area
 codes.  Callers who do not use the new dialing pattern will receive a recorded
 message reminding them to dial 10 digits.  They will also be required to hang
 up and redial the number.
     Pamela Kenworthy, NANPA's area code relief planner for the eastern region,
 which includes New Jersey, said the introduction of the new area codes is
 needed due to an increase in competition in the local phone service market,
 the growing demand by the public for additional telephone numbers, and a
 technical requirement in the phone network that currently allocates phone
 numbers in blocks of 10,000.
     Kenworthy said the addition of the new overlay area codes will not affect
 the cost of telephone calls.  "The price of calls currently billed as local
 calls will remain the same regardless of the area code dialed," she noted.
     When switching to or adding a new area code, Kenworthy said there are
 several items customers should remember including:
 
     * Changing stationery, business cards and advertising to reflect the
       correct area code if not already shown
 
     * Reprogramming alarm monitoring devices to accommodate 10-digit dialing
       (contact alarm service providers)
 
     * Updating fax machine group calling lists to include 10-digit dialing
 
     * Reprogramming speed dialers, auto dialers, alarms and PBX (private phone
       systems)
 
     * Reprogramming out-dial lists on personal computers to include 10-digit
       dialing
 
     * Updating or reprogramming private-dial entry access systems for 10-digit
       dialing.
 
     Activation dates and customer education plans for the new area codes will
 be determined at a telecommunications industry meeting later this month.
     The 908, 609 and 856 area codes in New Jersey will not be affected by the
 new overlay plan of the existing 201, 973 and 732 calling areas.
     A telecommunications industry group, comprised of various industry
 segments, collectively develops area code relief plans for the state of New
 Jersey.  Relief activities in New Jersey are administered by NeuStar, Inc.,
 which was selected by the FCC 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 16 Caribbean countries.
     Visit NANPA online at http://www.nanpa.com and NeuStar at
 http://www.neustar.com .
 
 

SOURCE North American Numbering Plan Administration
    WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The North American Numbering Plan
 Administration (NANPA) announced today that three new area codes -- 551, 356
 and 848 -- have been assigned to the areas currently served by the 201, 973
 and 732 area codes, respectively in northern New Jersey.
     The area code relief plan was recommended by a telecommunications industry
 group, which considered several alternatives for relief of the three area
 codes before reaching agreement on the overlay plan.  The State of New Jersey
 Board of Public Utilities adopted the overlay relief plan in an Order issued
 last month.  This area code relief is the first overlay plan approved for New
 Jersey.
     In an overlay relief plan, an additional area code is added to the same
 geographic area currently served by the existing area code.  All existing
 numbers will retain the current area code, but new telephone customers for
 local phone service, cellular and paging services, and alarms, may be assigned
 a telephone number in the new overlay area code.
     In addition, the new overlay plan requires that all telephone calls
 originating in an overlay area must use 10-digit dialing (area code + seven
 digit phone number).  This includes calls currently dialed with seven digits
 in either of the three existing area codes, calls within the same area code,
 and those made between the new overlay area codes.
     To introduce the new overlay area codes, a "permissive" dialing period
 will begin on July 1, 2001, allowing customers calling within the 201, 973 and
 732 area codes to dial either the seven or 10-digit telephone number.  During
 the "permissive" dialing period, customers are encouraged to begin dialing 10
 digits on all calls, to become accustomed to the new dialing plan in the
 existing 201, 973 and 732 calling areas.
     Mandatory dialing begins on December 1, 2001.  At this time, callers must
 use the new 10-digit dialing pattern to complete their calls within and
 between the 201, 973 and 732 area codes and the new 551, 356 and 848 area
 codes.  Callers who do not use the new dialing pattern will receive a recorded
 message reminding them to dial 10 digits.  They will also be required to hang
 up and redial the number.
     Pamela Kenworthy, NANPA's area code relief planner for the eastern region,
 which includes New Jersey, said the introduction of the new area codes is
 needed due to an increase in competition in the local phone service market,
 the growing demand by the public for additional telephone numbers, and a
 technical requirement in the phone network that currently allocates phone
 numbers in blocks of 10,000.
     Kenworthy said the addition of the new overlay area codes will not affect
 the cost of telephone calls.  "The price of calls currently billed as local
 calls will remain the same regardless of the area code dialed," she noted.
     When switching to or adding a new area code, Kenworthy said there are
 several items customers should remember including:
 
     * Changing stationery, business cards and advertising to reflect the
       correct area code if not already shown
 
     * Reprogramming alarm monitoring devices to accommodate 10-digit dialing
       (contact alarm service providers)
 
     * Updating fax machine group calling lists to include 10-digit dialing
 
     * Reprogramming speed dialers, auto dialers, alarms and PBX (private phone
       systems)
 
     * Reprogramming out-dial lists on personal computers to include 10-digit
       dialing
 
     * Updating or reprogramming private-dial entry access systems for 10-digit
       dialing.
 
     Activation dates and customer education plans for the new area codes will
 be determined at a telecommunications industry meeting later this month.
     The 908, 609 and 856 area codes in New Jersey will not be affected by the
 new overlay plan of the existing 201, 973 and 732 calling areas.
     A telecommunications industry group, comprised of various industry
 segments, collectively develops area code relief plans for the state of New
 Jersey.  Relief activities in New Jersey are administered by NeuStar, Inc.,
 which was selected by the FCC 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 16 Caribbean countries.
     Visit NANPA online at http://www.nanpa.com and NeuStar at
 http://www.neustar.com .
 
 SOURCE  North American Numbering Plan Administration