New area code delayed

State regulators have decided to delay making a decision on a new area code for Central and Northern New York after accepting public comments over the summer.

The state Public Service Commission will not rule on the proposed second area code for the 315 area at their meeting this week. It is expected that the 315 area code will start to run out of new numbers in 2015.

Two options are being considered, an “overlay” that would create a second area code in the same region as 315 or splitting the existing region into two separate area codes.

A coalition of phone companies including AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon has urged the commission to vote in favor of the overlay option.

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