(North Vernon, Ind.) - You can have a say Wednesday evening in how southern Indiana implements a new area code.
The 812 area code, which has been in existence since 1947, is expected to run out of available numbers by 2015. Thus, a decision must be made soon on how to bring a new three-digit area code to the region.
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission are currently reviewing whether to make more numbers available with a new area code by overlaying it across the region, or splitting the area code in half geographically. The first option would require callers to dial ten digits for all calls, even local numbers.
Option two would split the region into two area codes, one keeping the 812 number and the other using a new area code. Homes, businesses, and organizations in the new area code would have to update their business cards, communications, letterhead, and more to reflect the change.
A more detailed look at the proposals can be found online at http://www.in.gov/iurc/2703.htm.
Ten meetings have been scheduled across southern Indiana to gather public input on the change. Representatives of the OUCC will take public comments during the ninth meeting at Jennings County Middle School, 820 West Walnut, North Vernon, Ind. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.
The final meeting will be held Thursday, May 2 at the East Central High School Auditorium, 1 Trojan Place, St. Leon, Ind. Beginning at 6:00 p.m.