2011-01-20 / Local & State

Officials Reconsider New Area Code Plan For NW Pa.

ERIE, Pa. (AP) – Some residents of northwestern Pennsylvania might get to keep their 814 area code.

The state Public Utility Commission voted Thursday to review its decision to assign the new 582 area code to a nine-county region that includes Erie.

The agency initially approved the change because the 814 area code is projected to run out of numbers by early 2013. Officials decided to convert nine counties to the 582 area code on Feb. 1, 2012.

Commissioners now say they will hold more public hearings on the matter after receiving more than 40 petitions against the geographic split.

Some opponents prefer a plan to “overlay’’ the 582 area code, meaning current 814 customers would keep that area code and new phone customers would be assigned 582.

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