Thursday, September 2, 2010

Dialing 10 Digits? It's around the corner!


Information courtsey of BTC Broadband

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has approved a plan to prevent "number exhaust" in the region served by the 918 area code. The Overlay Plan will add another area code (539) to the entire existing 918 area code geographical area. There will be no change to existing numbers, local call boundaries, or to 911 or 211 services (which will remain a 3-digit number). What is currently considered a local call will remain a local call, regardless of the number of digits dialed.

August 7, 2010 began the period called "permissive calling period," where all calls will be completed using 7 digits or 10 digits; this period will run 7 months.

As of March 5, 2011, the "permissive calling period" ends and all calls must be made with 10 digits (the area code + the 7 digit number).

Beginning April 1, 2011, new numbers in the area will receive the new 539 area code, though a customer may ask for a 918 number if they are still available.

What needs to change?
• You will need to dial 10 digits (area code + 7 digit phone number) for all local calls
• You may need to reprogram auto-dial numbers on your telephone equipment, including fax machines, alarm & security systems, speed dialers, voice mail services and similar functions
• Remember to dial a "1" only if the call is long distance
If you have questions regarding this information, please contact BTC Broadband at 918-366-8000 or www.btcbroadband.com or you may contact the Oklahoma Corporation Commission at 918-581-2869 or www.occ.state.ok.us.

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