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NEWS RELEASE


03/07/2006 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Number Conservation Efforts Paying Off


TALLAHASSEE — A series of telephone number conservation measures implemented by the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) are paying off.  Conservation initiatives have resulted in the issuance to carriers of 13.5 million fewer numbers since 1999, meaning fewer consumers will have to face the expense and inconvenience of changing area codes.

The Commission initiated thousands-block number pooling, allowing phone numbers to be allocated to service providers in blocks of 1,000, instead of the historical 10,000.  In addition, the Commission took back unused blocks of numbers from carriers who did not assign the numbers to customers.

The effect of the actions taken by the Commission is the extension of the viability of  Florida’s existing area codes by anywhere from two to 11 years. Because of population growth, the proliferation of cell phones and dial-up Internet services, Florida has seen the number of area codes expand from four in 1994 (305, 407, 813 and 904) to the current 17.

Area Code

2002 Estimated Exhaust Date

2005 Estimated Exhaust Date

239

2017

2019

305/786

2008

2019

305

2003

2009

321

2021

2024

352

2012

2016

386

2020

2026

407/321

2007

2009

561

2008

2018

727

2015

2017

772

2026

2029

813

2008

2016

850

2008

2010

863

2015

2020

904

2011

2016

941

2011

2021

954/754

2019

2021

 

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