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1:29 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Western Kentucky to Get 364 Area Code, Ten-Digit Local Dialing

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a new area code for western Kentucky.

The new area code, 364, will be added to the current 270 footprint.

PSC Spokesman Andrew Melnykovich say with the overlay, people who currently use 270 won’t have to change numbers, but there will be a different dialing pattern.

"In order to distinguish between the two area codes within the same area, ten-digit dialing with become mandatory for all local calls. That’s similar to what you see in most big cities in the United States today," he said.

A transition period for the new dialing pattern will begin in mid-2013; mandatory ten-digit dialing begins in early 2014.

Melnykovich says the alternative to an overlay was to split the 270 region, which would have forced some customers to change their numbers.

The 270 area code was created in 1999. The popularity of cell phones has led to the exhaustion of available numbers in the region.