Ten-digit numbering to start in October | Kankankee Valley Post News


NEWTON COUNTY – Effective Sunday, October 24, 2021, everyone in northern Indiana area codes 219 and 574 will need to use 10 digits, rather than seven, to make local phone calls. (For example, callers should start dialing “219-555-5555” or “574-555-5555” instead of “555-5555.”)

Local calls made with seven digits will still work until the end of the permissive dialing period on October 24, 2021, which was established to give everyone time to adjust to the new dialing model and make the changes. system requirements before 10-digit dialing. becomes mandatory for local calls. This six-month transition period began in April.

The change to 10-digit numbering is necessary to accommodate the National “988” Suicide Prevention Lifeline as designated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). All telecommunications providers in the United States are required to implement the three-digit dialing code 9-8-8 for the hotline by July 16, 2022. Under the FCC order, the dialing code 10 digits must be in place by this date for any area code. with a “988” prefix.

As of October 24, 2021, you must use 10-digit dialing for all local phone calls. After this date, if you do not use 10 digits, your call will not be terminated and a recording will ask you to hang up and dial again.

From July 16, 2022, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will be accessible by calling the three-digit code 9-8-8. The lifeline can be reached before and after this date at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

The most important facts that residential consumers and businesses in these area codes should know are:

Your phone number, including the current area code, will not change.

You will need to dial the area code + phone number (a total of 10 digits) for all local calls in zones 219 and 574.

You will continue to dial 1 + area code + phone number (a total of 11 digits) for all long distance calls.

Calls that are now local will remain so.

Ten-digit numbering will begin in October

10-digit dialing for local calls will not change the price of a call, your coverage area, or other rates and services.

You can still dial three digits to reach 911 for emergency services.

You can continue to dial three digits to dial 211 (social services), 411 (directory assistance), 711 (telecommunications relay service) or 811 (call to ask for the location of utilities before digging).

You should start including the area code with your local seven-digit phone numbers when providing numbers to others.

You must ensure that all preprogrammed numbers for local calls are configured to include the area code. Examples include life security systems, health surveillance services, PBXs, fax machines, Internet access numbers, alarm and security systems, portals, speed dialers, telephone contact lists. mobile / cordless phones, call forwarding settings, voicemail services and similar features.

You should check your website, stationery, advertising material, personal and business checks, personal or pet ID tags and microchips, and other items to make sure the phone number includes area code.

All safety and security equipment, including medical alert devices and alarm systems, should be programmed for mandatory 10-digit local dialing, unless calls are already directed to wireless phone numbers. charges or long distance. If you are unsure whether your equipment needs to be reprogrammed, contact your Medical Alert or Safety Department. All necessary reprogramming must be completed by October 24, 2021.

Specific area codes in 35 states, including the four neighboring states of Indiana, implement 10-digit dialing to accommodate the 988 Lifeline.

Mandatory 10-digit numbering has been in place for several years in Indiana area codes 317 and 812; it was implemented to accommodate the addition of new “overlapping” area codes due to reduced number supplies. Area codes 260 and 765 are not affected.

A video summarizing the changes is available online on the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor’s YouTube page.

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