What do changes to 717 area code mean for you?

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Changes are coming to the 717 area code, but one thing that won’t change under this plan is your phone number.

According to the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission, if you already have a 717 number it will stay the same.

PUC spokesman Nils Hagen-Frederiksen says people who will be impacted by the plan are those who don’t already have a 717 number.

The plan approved Thursday by the PUC addresses the dwindling supply of available phone numbers in the 16-counties that make up the 717 area code.

“When the number of new 717 phone number is exhausted, the new area code will be activated and any new phone numbers after that will be assigned to the new area code,” Hagen-Frederiksen said.

It’s estimated that’ll happen sometime in the summer or fall of 2017. At that time, everyone will have to dial 10 digits to make a phone call, the area code and the seven-digit number.

“Most phones, most mobile devices, are already programmed for 10-digit dialing,” Hagen-Frederiksen said. “Ten-digit dialing should be automatic for many people. There will be a little bit of a change if folks are manually dialing a number.”

It’s unclear yet what the new area code will be. The specific number will be decided by a national third-party administrator.

“As soon as we get that number from them, we’ll let everyone know what it is,” Hagen-Frederiksen said.

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