Area codes 814 and 582

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Area codes 814 and 582 are telephone area codes in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) for the northwestern and central portions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Cities served by the area code include Altoona, Bradford, DuBois, Erie, Meadville, Oil City, Titusville, Johnstown, St. Marys, and Warren as well as the boroughs of State College, Brockway, Clearfield, Huntingdon, Mount Union, Bedford, Clarion, Punxsutawney, Tyrone, Ebensburg, Coudersport, Ridgway and Brookville. Area code 814 is the original area code assigned to the service area in 1947, and area code 582 is an additional code for the area to form an overlay plan with a starting date of October 3, 2020.

Area code 716Area code 585Area code 607Area code 845Area codes 862 and 973Area code 908Area codes 410 and 443Area code 302Area codes 240 and 301Area codes 304 and 681Area codes 234 and 330Area code 440Area code 724Area code 878Area code 724Area code 814Area codes 272 and 570Area codes 484 and 610Area code 856Area codes 215, 267, and 445Area codes 609 and 640Area codes 223 and 717Area code 412Area code 814
Pennsylvania (blue) with numbering plan area 814 shown in red.

HistoryEdit

Area code 814 is one of the original numbering plan area (NPA) codes established in 1947. Its geographic area is the largest in the state. It is the only one of Pennsylvania's original four NPAs that still has its original boundaries, and is one of the few original area codes (not counting those serving an entire state) that have never been split or overlaid as of 2020. With area code 717 having been overlaid with area code 223 in 2017, as of 2020, 814 is the only portion of Pennsylvania where seven-digit dialing is still possible. The largest cities in the area are Johnstown, Altoona, State College and Erie; otherwise this region is largely rural.

On May 14, 2020, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission decided to assign area code 582 in an overlay plan to the existing 814 territory, in the face of projections that 814 would exhaust in late 2022. It will enter service on October 3, 2020. On that date, a permissive dialing period will begin, during which both seven- and ten-digit calls can complete. Ten-digit dialing is scheduled to be mandatory on April 3, 2021 for all calls in the region. The first 582 numbers will be available for assignment on May 1, 2021. The addition of 582 will eliminate the last area of seven-digit dialing in the Commonwealth.[1]

Split controversyEdit

 
Map of previous proposed split of 814 with 582, showing county lines.

When numbering pool exhaustion became a threat in the 2000s, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved a numbering plan split in December 2009, that would have assigned area code 582 to most of the northwestern portion of the 814 territory, including Erie, in 2012.[2] Under the proposed split, area code 582 would have served Erie, Crawford, Warren, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Elk, and McKean counties, while the remaining counties would've remained in 814. Parts of Armstrong, Clearfield, Indiana, and Mercer counties also were to be switched to 582. Under the plan, most of Clearfield and Indiana counties would have retained 814; most of Armstrong and Mercer counties would continue in area code 724. This would have been the first split in the NANP since 2007.

After the decision, a grassroots movement circulated an online petition to request the commission to cancel the action in favor of an overlay plan.[3] The telecommunications industry also supported implementing 582 as an overlay.[4]

By February 27, 2012, the projected exhaustion date for 814 was changed to the second quarter of 2018.[5] On April 26, 2012 the PUC voted 5–0 to dismiss the plans to split 814 and revoke the implementation schedule. At the time, projections suggested that 814 would be exhausted around 2021.[6] The split never came to be, and eventually the PUC changed their plans from a split to an overlay.

CountiesEdit

Area code 814 serves parts of twenty-seven counties in Pennsylvania.[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pennsylvania's largest area code is finally reaching its limit | TribLIVE.com". triblive.com. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  2. ^ "PUC - Press Releases". www.puc.state.pa.us. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2010-12-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Article 404 - GoErie.com - Erie, PA". GoErie.com. Archived from the original on 11 March 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-05-10. Retrieved 2012-03-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ McKracken, Denise. "PUC Dismisses Petition for 814 Area Code Relief". Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-12-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External linksEdit

Pennsylvania area codes: 215/267/445, 223/717, 272/570, 412, 484/610, 724, 814, 878
North: 519/226/548, 585, 607, 716, 905/289/365, Lake Erie
West: 412/878, 724/878, 440 area code 814, 582 East: 570/272, 717/223
South: 301/240
Maryland area codes: 240/301, 410/443/667
New Jersey area codes: 201/551, 609/640, 732/848, 856, 862/973, 908
Ohio area codes: 216, 220/740, 234/330, 380/614, 419/567, 440, 513, 937/326
Ontario area codes: 226/519/548, 249/705, 289/365/905, 343/613, 416/437/647, 807

Coordinates: 40°55′16″N 78°45′40″W / 40.921°N 78.761°W / 40.921; -78.761