TALLAHASSEE, Fla – State regulators Tuesday accredited creation of an extra space code in Northeast Florida, as cellphones and different gadgets proceed to gobble up current numbers.
The Florida Public Service Fee backed a plan designed to supply reduction to the 904 space code, which is projected to expire of numbers in 2024.
“Northeast Florida continues to develop at a convincing tempo, a tribute to its thriving communities and exquisite seashores,” Public Service Fee Chairman Andrew Fay mentioned in a ready assertion after the panel’s vote. “With recognition comes the necessity to meet the demand for brand new and extra telephone traces. To fulfill that demand, we’re approving a brand new space code that can replenish the availability of numbers to this space.”
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The plan entails what is thought within the telecommunications trade as an “overlay.” An space code shall be added to the identical territory coated by the 904 space code, with new clients receiving the brand new code. Current clients will maintain their numbers, although 10-digit native dialing shall be required.
The modifications are anticipated to be carried out over a 13-month interval, with the primary six months wanted to organize telecommunications networks, in accordance with a Public Service Fee workers evaluation. The three digits of the brand new space code haven’t been introduced.
The 904 space code has been used since 1965, when the 305 space code wanted reduction, and consists of communities akin to Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Fernandina Seaside, Orange Park, Macclenny and Starke.
Whereas it initially coated all of northern Florida, components of the 904 space code have been cut up off over time to create the 352, 850 and 386 space codes, the fee workers evaluation mentioned.
The North American Numbering Plan Administrator, a company that oversees space codes, filed the brand new Northeast Florida proposal in February. That got here after state regulators in recent times accredited a sequence of different further space codes throughout the state.
The fee on Feb. 1 accredited an extra space code for Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys due to the projected exhaustion of numbers within the 305 and 786 space codes. That new space code shall be 645.
“As Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys proceed to draw new residents from all throughout our nation and world wide, the brand new 645 space code will be sure that the demand for brand new traces is met,” Fay mentioned in February.
The fee in December accredited a brand new space code in Palm Seaside County and in recent times accredited new codes in Central Florida, Northwest Florida and the Tampa Bay area.