The portion of Central PA that currently utilizes the 717 area code will have an additional area code in the third quarter of 2017. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved the plan to add an “overlay” area code to supplement 717 phone numbers that are quickly running out. What you need to know:
• The new area code will cover the same 16-county area as 717.
• Customers can keep their 717 numbers – no need to change them.
• New 717 numbers will continue to be issued until the supply is exhausted.
• The new area code is projected to be implemented in the 3rd quarter, 2017.
The only thing that will be different is the following:
• All customers in the area – with either area code – will need to dial the full 10-digit number for all calls, including local calls. if you dial 123-4567 now, you will need to dial 717-123-4567 or ???-123-4567 after the change.
Grudi Associates will post updates as the implementation data approaches.