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570 area code overlay to begin in fall

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 3, 2013 4:00 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- People living in parts of the midstate with the 570 area code will soon have to dial more digits to make phone calls.

The state Public Utilities Commission is creating a so-called "overlay" for the region that covers much of north-central and northeastern Pennsylvania -- including Schuylkill, Mifflin, Snyder and Northumberland counties.

PUC spokeswoman Denise McCracken says the plan lets businesses and residents keep existing phone numbers, while adding new phone numbers with area code 272 beginning in the fall.

"The overlay generally seems to be the less-intrusive of the two options, and instead of changing signage and having to get new telephone numbers and business cards, the people who already have their area code and number can keep that," McCracken says.

Beginning September 21, people living in the 570 will always have to dial 10 digits, rather than just seven, even to make local calls.

Starting October 13, new lines or new service in region will get the new 272 code instead.

McCracken says the addition of the new area code is due to rapid growth and the extensive use of cell phones.

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