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 numbering plan area in 1947 and area code 582 was activated in the service area as an additional code to form an overlay plan with a starting date of October 3, 2020.

Area code 716Area code 585Area code 607Area code 845Area codes 973 and 862Area code 908Area codes 410 and 443Area code 302Area codes 240 and 301Area codes 304 and 681Area codes 330 and 234Area 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 North American area codes established in 1947. Its numbering plan area (NPA) is the largest in the state. It is the only one of Pennsylvania's original four NPAs that still has its original boundaries. 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 approved area code 582 for an all-service overlay, in the face of projections that 814 would exhaust in late 2022. From October 3, 2020 to April 3, 2021, a permissive dialing period was in effect, during which both seven- and ten-digit dialing was allowed. Assignment of telephone numbers of area code 582 began May 1, 2021.[1] With this assignment, seven-digit calling in Pennsylvania became extinct.

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 territory, including Erie by 2012.[2] The proposed new numbering plan area would have served Erie, Crawford, Warren, Venango, Forest, Clarion, Jefferson, Elk, McKean counties and parts of Armstrong, Clearfield, Indiana, and Mercer. The remaining counties would have retained area code 814. 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.

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] a change also supported by the telecommunication industry.[4]

By February 27, 2012, the projected exhaustion date for 814 was changed to the second quarter of 2018,[5] causing the PUC in a 5–0 vote on April 26, 2012 to dismiss the split plan and implementation schedule. Following projections suggested that 814 would be exhausted by 2021.[6]

Service areaEdit

Area codes 814 and 582 serve 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 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2018-05-05.
  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 2012-04-28.
  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, 330/234, 419/567, 440, 513, 614/380, 740/220, 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