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

Nov 17, 2016

“445” Overlay Code Assigned to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR), serving in its capacity as the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), announced today that an additional area code, 445, has been assigned to the existing 215/267 area code overlay complex that serves Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Neustar forecasts that numbering resources in the 215/267 area code complex will be exhausted by the second quarter of 2018. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has directed all local exchange service providers to activate the new area code to ensure the availability of numbering resources in a manner that is most efficient and least confusing for consumers, while minimizing possible disruption to consumers and businesses.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) selected Neustar to serve as the NANPA, the neutral third-party administrator that works with the telecommunications industry in developing area code relief plans. NANPA also oversees the assignment of area codes, central office codes, carrier identification codes, and other numbering resources throughout the United States, Canada, Bermuda and various Caribbean countries.

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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