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New area code coming to southern Indiana

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – If you live in southern Indiana and like your 812 area code you might not want to get too used to it.

Southern Indiana is literally running out of phone numbers to give under the area code and the region has been told they will need to create a new one.
Telecommunication companies have projected that 812 phone numbers will run out by 2015. So they have made a formal request to overlay a new area code for the 812 area.

"I didn't realize there were that many people in this area, but that's fine with me," said southern Indiana resident Luke Burton. "They have to do what they have to do."

If the region overlays a new area code, it will mean that everyone who currently has an 812 phone number will be allowed to keep it. However, anyone who gets a new phone number will be given the new area code.

The second option is a geographical split. Under a split, some, depending on where they are on the map, will keep 812, but those on the other side of the line will have their number changed to a new phone number with the new area code.

"Well that's going to affect a lot of people's businesses and you know to change all your cards, I mean it's gonna cost people money," said Damion Sweeney about the second option.

Sweeney said he thinks the overlaying proposal, the one that lets 812 users keep that area code, is the fairest option.

"There should be some sort of incentive for changing it," said Sweeney. "It needs to be worthwhile to them. They shouldn't have to do it based on the new people coming."

The Indiana Office of Utility consumer counselor said the overlay plan would prevent the need for the area to be divided geographically. However, 10 digit dialing for local calls would eventually become mandatory throughout the 812 area.

"That's the price for progress," said Michael Cashman, southern Indiana resident. "When you get more people in the area, the phone company can't do anything about that."

There is no word on when a decision will be made.

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