Public Service Commission
PSC ANNOUNCES PUBLIC MEETINGS ON AREA CODE 270
The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold meetings across western Kentucky to receive public input on options for addressing the shortage of new numbers in area code 270.
The public meetings will be held Oct. 23 in Hopkinsville, Oct. 24 in Paducah and Henderson, Oct. 25 in Bowling Green and Elizabethtown and Nov. 6 in Owensboro. A detailed schedule with times and locations follows at the end of this news release.
“We hope that people will attend these meetings to share their views with the PSC,” Chairman Mark David Goss said. “This decision could impose a cost on businesses and affect people’s daily lives, so we want to hear from residential and commercial customers alike.”
The North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA), which is responsible for allocating phone numbers to telecommunication providers, notified the PSC in August that area code 270 is likely to run out of available phone numbers in late 2007. A new area code must be created in western Kentucky prior to the number exhaustion date.
The PSC has opened a proceeding to examine the options.
New area codes can be established in one of two ways.
An existing area code can be split geographically. That has been the history in Kentucky. Area code 270, which covers the western half of Kentucky, was created from a portion of area code 502 in April 1999 and area code 859 was carved out of area code 606 a year later.
A new area code also can be created as an “overlay” on an existing area code. This option, which has been used mostly in major metropolitan areas, requires 10-digit dialing for local calls.
Documents in the area code 270 case can be found on the PSC Web site, which is psc.ky.gov. The case number is 2006-00357.
The PSC is an agency within the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet. It regulates more than 1,500 gas, water, sewer, electric and telecommunication utilities operating in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and has approximately 110 employees.
AREA CODE 270 PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULE
Day Date Time City/Venue
M 10/23 6 pm HOPKINSVILLE
Hopkinsville Community College
720 North Drive
T 10/24 11 am PADUCAH
CDT Robert Cherry Civic Center
T 10/24 6 pm HENDERSON
CDT Fine Arts Center
Henderson Community College
2660 South Green Street
W 10/25 11 am BOWLING GREEN
Carroll Knicely Conference Center
Western Kentucky University
2355 Nashville Road
W 10/25 6 pm ELIZABETHTOWN
EDT Pritchard Community Center
404 South Mulberry Street
M 11/6 4 pm OWENSBORO
CST Blandford Hall
Owensboro Community & Tech. College
4800 New Hartford Road