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Bell Atlantic Statement on New York City Code
Sept. 30, 1997
Bell Atlantic Statement on New York City Code -- Attributed to
Dennis Wax, Bell Atlantic-New York Director-Regulatory and
The Public Service Commission's support of an area code overlay
is great news for businesses and consumers in Manhattan.
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 customers.
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 that they
favored the overlay.
Bell Atlantic is committed to implementing an extensive customer
education program to help all telephone users adapt to the new area
code as smoothly and quickly as possible. As the PSC directed, we
will actively participate on the staff-industry task force to
deliver a report on number pooling to the commission by the end