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Mandatory 10-digit dialing starts next month in 812 area code

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you live or work in southern Indiana, you will soon have to dial the 812 area code from any phone, even if you're placing the call from within the area code.

The change is effective Feb. 7. Officials say it's in preparation for the addition of the 930 area code in the region.

Calls that are currently local will continue to be local, even though 10-digit dialing will be required. Consumers throughout 812 have had the option of using either 7 or 10 digits to complete local calls since Mar. 1, 2014, to allow ample time to adjust to the changes.

To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new 930 area code will be added this year to the 812 region which generally covers the southern third of Indiana including Bloomington, Columbus, Evansville, New Albany, and Terre Haute. The new 930 area code will be “overlaid” or superimposed over the same geographical area as 812.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) ordered an area code overlay for the 812 region in July 2013, following a year-long case that included a seven-month public comment period and ten public field hearings throughout southern, south-central, and western Indiana.

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