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Report offers relief for 315 area code

The state Public Service Commission Thursday released findings of a report outlining several options for adding a second area code to the current 315 region in central and north-central New York.

Report offers relief for 315 area code

The state Public Service Commission Thursday released findings of a report outlining several options for adding a second area code to the current 315 region in central and north-central New York.
Demand for central office codes — represented by the first three digits in a seven-digit phone number — is expected to result in the depletion of the 315 area code by late 2010.
Rochester went through this process several years ago. After 54 years in the 716 telephone area code, Rochester began the 585 era in 2001.
The report offers three options for geographic splits to divide the 315 area code, and an overlay plan option that assigns a new area code to the same geographic area served by 315.
A geographic split would divide the existing 315 code area into two geographic areas, leaving the existing area code to serve a portion and assigning a new area code to the remaining portion.
An overlay plan proposes to assign a new area code to the existing 315 geographic area. Area code relief may be provided by opening up a new code throughout the geographic area of the existing code, in effect “overlaying” it.
The 315 area code serves the following counties in whole or in part: Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Oswego, Otsego, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Wayne and Yates.

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