Ohio's 740 area code is running out of numbers. All numbers are estimated to be used up by the second quarter of 2015. The area code runs through central and southeastern Ohio.
"The PUCO is encouraging Ohioans in the 740 area code to engage with us during this process, to reach an outcome that ultimately serves them best," said Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Todd A. Snitchler. "Through a consumer survey on our website, individuals can vote on their preference on an overlay or split option for the 740 area code and provide comments that will be part of the official record in this case. We want to hear from those who will be affected."
There are two options being considered by the PUCO. One is known as an overlay and would see any new numbers be issued a new area code. Existing numbers would not change, but everyone in the 740 area code would have to dial ten digits to make a phone call.
Option two involves a split. Under a split, seven-digit dialing of local calls would remain within the area code, but would require approximately half of wireless and landline customers within the current area code to change their telephone numbers.
The agency has posted information as well as a survey online at PUCO.Ohio.gov. The PUCO Call Center is also available to answer questions by calling 1-800-686-PUCO. In addition, comments can be submitted by mail to the PUCO at 180 East Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215. The public comment period in the case will close on Nov. 27th.
A PUCO spokesman expects a ruling to come in the next couple of months.