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PSC Places Hold on Implementation of 364 Area Code

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has revised the starting date for the optional use of area code 364, delaying it by six months to Jan. 1, 2009.

Area code 364 will cover the western portion of the current area code 270, including the cities of Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Murray and Paducah. Cities remaining in area code 270 include Bowling Green, Columbia, Glasgow, Elizabethtown and Owensboro. The change reflects an updated estimate of the date by which the present area code 270 – from which area code 364 will be split – will run out of available numbers.

The PSC has also continued to hold open the date for mandatory use of area code 364. It will not be determined until after the PSC fully assesses how a Federal Communications Commission decision regarding the assignment of telephone numbers will further affect the lifespan of area code 270.

The current area code 270 was established in 1999. The need for new numbers is being driven by rapid growth in the area and the proliferation of cellular phones and other wireless devices, each of which requires a new phone number.