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North American Numbering Plan Administrator Announces Plan for Additional Area Code in Alabama


"659" Overlay Code Assigned to the Western Central Area of Alabama

Inc., serving in its capacity as the FCC's North American Numbering Plan
Administrator (NANPA), announced today that an additional area code,
659, has been assigned to overlay the existing 205 area code that serves
the western central geographic area of Alabama.

The Alabama Public Service Commission has approved an area code overlay
to ensure the availability of telephone numbering resources in a manner
that is most efficient and least confusing for consumers, while
minimizing possible disruption to consumers and businesses. The new 659
will cover the same geographic area as the 205 area code. All existing
customers will retain the 205 area code and will not need to change
their telephone numbers. NANPA will facilitate a meeting with the
Alabama telecommunications industry to develop an implementation plan.
Ten-digit dialing will be required by all customers after the new 659
area code is placed in service over the 205 geographic area.

For more information on the North American Numbering Plan Administrator,
visit here.
For more information about area code relief planning, visit here.

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