At 11:48 AM 11/13/97 -0500, you wrote:
>I sat in on a Y2k presentation this a.m. and a side item that the vendor
>mentioned was that area codes were going to be increased from 3 to 4
>digits in the near future.  This was news to me...  Anyone have any hard
>info and dates on this??
I don't think this is correct.

The structure of area codes has changed in recent years.  Originally, all
area codes had to have a 0 or a 1 as the second digit, and the third digit
could not be an 0.  This has recently changed, so many additional area
codes can be created.

Under the old system, there were 144 possible area codes.  Under the new
system, there are 800 possible area codes.  You have do deduct for special
numbers (800, 900, 888, 700, 211, 411, 611 and 911) from both numbers.

At the moment, all area codes are geographical, although there is talk of
overlaying several additional area codes for New York City (Manhattan
specifically) where an area code would be required.  When the modern
telephone system was designed (after WW2) and implemented (late 50s, early
60s) no one envisioned fax machines, portable phones, pagers and (God
forbid) the Internet.  Also, then it was common to have only voice line per
household, and party lines were still commonly used.  

Al Barsa, Jr. - Account for Midrange-L
Barsa Consulting, LLC.  
400 > 390

Phone:  914-251-9400
Fax:    914-251-9406

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