The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has reversed its decision to create a new area code in far western Kentucky, saying there is no longer any immediate need to increase the availability of new telephone numbers in the region.
The PSC said if such a need arises in the future, the process of establishing a new area code would start again from scratch.
The implementation of the new area code, designated as 364, has been delayed five times as the need for new numbers has dwindled, both because of declining demand and due to changes in the process by which new numbers are assigned.
The latest projections show no need for a new area code until late 2014. Because that is beyond the time frame needed to implement new area codes, a cancellation makes more sense than another postponement, PSC Chairman David Armstrong said.
“Today’s decision ends the ongoing uncertainty over when a split of area code 270 would occur,” Armstrong said. “Restarting the process when needed is going to be far less disruptive to residents and businesses.”