Statement of Ron Conners, Director of North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), on Update to 973 Overlay Relief Plan in Northwestern New Jersey

Apr 20, 2001, 01:00 ET from North American Numbering Plan Administration

    WASHINGTON, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The
 following is a statement by Ron Conners, director of the North American
 Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA):
 
     As announced in a press release dated April 16, NANPA assigned 356 as the
 new area code to overlay area code 973 in Northwestern New Jersey.  The State
 of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) expressed concern that callers
 might confuse the newly assigned 356 with the existing 856, which is used as
 an area code in Southern New Jersey.  In response to this concern, NANPA has
 changed the new assignment from 356 to 862.
     Planning for new area codes begins at least several years before a new
 code is announced in order to reserve a code not allocated for use elsewhere
 and then to insure that the new code is not assigned as a prefix in the area
 affected by the change.  NANPA is not normally able to change the assignment
 this late in the cycle because most, if not all, of the prefixes are already
 in use.  In this case, we were unusually fortunate.  One of the prefixes
 recently returned by a telecommunications carrier was on the list of available
 area codes.
     NANPA is pleased to be able to work with the NJ BPU to make this happen.
 
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SOURCE North American Numbering Plan Administration
    WASHINGTON, April 20 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The
 following is a statement by Ron Conners, director of the North American
 Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA):
 
     As announced in a press release dated April 16, NANPA assigned 356 as the
 new area code to overlay area code 973 in Northwestern New Jersey.  The State
 of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) expressed concern that callers
 might confuse the newly assigned 356 with the existing 856, which is used as
 an area code in Southern New Jersey.  In response to this concern, NANPA has
 changed the new assignment from 356 to 862.
     Planning for new area codes begins at least several years before a new
 code is announced in order to reserve a code not allocated for use elsewhere
 and then to insure that the new code is not assigned as a prefix in the area
 affected by the change.  NANPA is not normally able to change the assignment
 this late in the cycle because most, if not all, of the prefixes are already
 in use.  In this case, we were unusually fortunate.  One of the prefixes
 recently returned by a telecommunications carrier was on the list of available
 area codes.
     NANPA is pleased to be able to work with the NJ BPU to make this happen.
 
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