The Utility Regulatory Commission is creating a new area code number: 930. Instead of dividing the preexisting 812 area, which covers the 38 counties in southern Indiana, into new zones, as was the case when area code 765 was created for northern Indiana a few years ago, the 930 number will overlay the area, meaning both 812 and 930 will be used. Residents will have to use 10-digit numbers for all calls once the change goes into place.
IURC spokesperson Danielle McGrath says residents who didn’t want to lose their numbers, preferred the overlay option.
“We actually traveled to 10 different locations, including Bloomington, to hear from the public,” McGrath says. “We heard from parties to the case and did quite a bit of outreach, and folks did have a preference for the 10-digit dialing as opposed to potentially losing the existing phone number that they have in place.”
McGrath says customers should begin familiarizing themselves with the changes now and be ready for the switchover.
“Whether they start now or start once it is mandatory, the change will come, and we just want people to be prepared and used to it by the time it is required,” McGrath says.
There will be a 13 month grace period to prepare customers for the full switchover. During that time customers will be able to learn more about the overlay and still use seven-digit numbers.