area code

People in the Henderson area will have a chance Monday to give their opinions on a new area code that will be needed in western Kentucky in early 2014. The Kentucky Public Service Commission is holding meetings in several cities on the issue.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold a meeting in Hopkinsville this week to explain the need for a new area code for the western half of the state. Area code 270 is projected to run out of available numbers by early 2014. There are two plans under consideration.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has opened a proceeding that will lead to the creation of a new area code in all or a portion of the area currently served by 270.  The PSC says it was  notified in August by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator that 270 is expected to run out of available numbers by the third quarter of 2014. Now the PSC says that projection has been moved up to the first quarter of 2014.

Parts of southern and western Kentucky have nearly exhausted the 270 area code and are in line for an additional one. The Kentucky Public Service Commission is weighing a request to make the next area code available to all new phone customers throughout the region, rather than to apply it geographically.