Bell Atlantic Statement on Manhattan Area Code

Bell Atlantic Statement on Manhattan Area Code

Attributed to Dennis Wax, Bell Atlantic Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs in New York

November 25, 1997

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Mark Marchand


ALBANY, N.Y. -- "We are pleased by the New York Public Service
Commission's endorsement of an area code overlay for Manhattan. We can
now move forward with extensive education programs to help all
telephone users adapt to the new area code as smoothly and quickly as

"The overlay plan, which we had recommended, will enable us to
implement the new 646 area code in Manhattan with the least amount of
disruption and expense to businesses and consumers.

"Under the plan no customers in Manhattan would have to make any
change in their current telephone numbers or area code. Once the 212
area code runs out of numbers, anyone ordering a new telephone line
would be given a number in the 646 area code.

"Compared to the other proposals considered by the PSC for
implementing a new area code, the overlay plan is the fairest to
everyone and will last the longest. In addition, the overwhelming
majority of consumers who contacted us and the PSC said they favored
the overlay.

"As for the PSC's recommendation on number pooling, Bell Atlantic
believes number pooling is good for the telecommunications industry
and good for competition.