New NYC area code: (929) [Telecom]

New NYC area code: (929) [Telecom]

Post by ed » Mon, 08 Feb 2010 05:02:05

Additional Area Code Planned for New York City

'929' Overlay Code Assigned to Outer Boroughs

STERLING, Va., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Neustar, Inc. (NYSE:
NSR), serving in its capacity as the North American Numbering Plan
Administrator (NANPA), announced today that an additional area code
(929) has been assigned to the existing 718 and 347 area codes that
serve the outer boroughs of New York City -- namely the Bronx, Brooklyn,
Queens and Staten Island. The dialing pattern, which is already in
effect in the New York City area, requires all local calls within and
between the 718 and 347 area codes and the new 929 area code to be
dialed by using 1+10 digit dialing. Existing 718 and 347 telephone
numbers will not change.

Neustar has forecasted that numbering resources in the 718 and 347 area
codes will exhaust by 2012. The New York Public Service Commission has
directed all local exchange service providers to activate the new 929
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. Telephone
service providers will begin customer education in mid-year in
preparation for the introduction of the new 929 area code.

A telecommunications industry group comprised of service providers from
various industry segments collectively develops area code relief plans
for New York. Relief activities for area codes in New York are overseen
by Neustar.

Neustar was selected by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 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 16 Caribbean countries.