IURC Seeks Public Input For Area Code Relief

A variety of public meetings will be held on the topic across the state.

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One of the proposals keeps Columbus, Bloomington, and Greensburg in 812, and moves Evansville, Terre Haute, and French Lick into a new area code region. Another would simply overlay new numbers onto the current region.

Officials from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission want to know how Southern Indiana residents want to tackle the problem of area code relief. A variety of public meetings will be held on the topic across the state, including one Thursday night at Bloomington High School South.

One of the proposals keeps Columbus, Bloomington, and Greensburg in 812, and moves Evansville, Terre Haute, and French Lick into a new area code region. Another would simply overlay new numbers onto the current region.

But that might mean someone with an 812 area code could live next to someone with a different exchange, requiring 10 digit dialing throughout the region.

IURC spokesperson Danielle McGrath says the latter solution would not affect long distance rates in the area.
A total of seven separate proposals are being shown to the public. McGrath says residents will have many opportunities to make their opinions heard.

“If folks cannot attend tomorrow night, there is still plenty of time to comment. You can either come to one of the other field hearings being held throughout southern and central Indiana, or you can file written comments with the office of Utility Consumer Counselor,” McGrath says.

The IURC hopes to have a decision by the end of the year.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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