Ten-digit local dialing coming to New York’s 315 area code

TDS Telecommunications Corp. informs New York residents and businesses in the 315 area code to prepare for area code overlay.

Beginning March 12, 2016, New York residents and businesses in the 315 area code can start dialing ten digits — area code + telephone number — when making local calls. This change will impact TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) customers in areas around Cape Vincent, Chaumont, Dexter, Edwards, Hermon, Knoxboro, Oneida, Oriskany Falls, Port Byron, Savannah, and Vernon.

Known as an “Area Code Overlay,” the addition of the new area code — 680 — was approved by the New York Department of Public Service to ensure an ongoing supply of telephone numbers were available in the area. Beginning on February 11, 2017, everyone in the 315 area code will be required to dial ten digits (area code + telephone number).

An Area Code Overlay is when two area codes serve the same region. In these instances, the Federal Communications Commission requires callers to change the way they dial local calls. While customers do not have to change their existing area code or phone number, they will be required to ten-digit dial all local calls (area code and seven-digit telephone number).

What residents and businesses need to know about the area code overlay:

  • Existing phone numbers in the 315 area code will not change.
  • The price for calls, local and long-distance calling areas, and other rates and services provided by TDS will not change due to the new Area Code Overlay. What’s a local call now remains a local call, regardless of the number of digits dialed.
  • The dialing procedure for long distance or operator assisted calls will not change.
  • 911 remains a three-digit dial. If 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 and 811 are available currently, they will remain a three-digit dial.

Dates to keep in mind:

  • March 12, 2016: “Permissive” ten-digit dialing period begins; callers should begin using the new 10-digit dialing procedure. If callers forget to use the area code and dial only the seven-digit number, calls will still be completed during this permissive phase.
  • February 11, 2017: “Mandatory” ten-digit local dialing begins. Customers in the 315 area code must use ten-digit dialing for all local calls, otherwise, calls will not be completed and a recording will instruct callers to hang up and dial again.
  • March 11, 2017: Phone numbers with the new 680 area code may begin to be assigned.

In addition to changing dialing procedures, customers are encouraged to begin reprogramming automatic dialing equipment and other devices programmed with seven digits. This includes life-alert safety systems, PBX systems, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, call forwarding settings, and voicemail services. All such devices will need to be reprogrammed with ten-digits (area code + telephone number) by February 11, 2017.

Residents and businesses should also check with security or alarm companies to make sure their systems are programmed to handle the new dialing pattern.

For more information, visit the New York Department of Public Service or contact TDS at 888-CALL-TDS (888-225-5837).

For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson | Associate Manager - Public Relations | TDS Telecom | 608-664-4471 | cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to more than 1,000 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the U.S. With 1.2 million connections, TDS is a rapidly growing technology company. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 2 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs 3,000 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, broadband, video, and voice as well as hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million connections nationwide through its businesses: UScellular, TDS Telecom, and OneNeck IT Solutions. TDS Inc. has been named to several Forbes lists, including America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Visit tdsinc.com.

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