New Area Code Coming Soon in Western Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Mandatory 10-digit dialing is coming soon in the 270 area code in western Kentucky.

State Public Service Commission Chairman David Armstrong says with the new dialing pattern just a few weeks away, it makes sense to get into the habit of using it.

Required 10-digit dialing for local calls officially begins Feb. 1. That's when the new 364 area code is added to the same geographic area as the 270 area code.

Less than a month is left for "permissive dialing," which allows customers to dial either seven or 10 digits when making local calls in the 270 area code.

The PSC added the new area code to meet the need for more telephone numbers in the region.

It says the first numbers using the 364 area code may be assigned beginning March 3.

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