FLOYD – The Citizens Telephone Cooperative reminded community members last week that the permissive dialing period for customers with area code 540 is now in effect before mandatory 10-digit dialing begins in May.
In the spring, area code 826 will be added as an overlay to region 540 starting next summer, the co-op explained, noting that an overlay is the addition of another area code (826) to the same. geographic area served by an existing area code (540).
An overlay does not require customers to change their existing area code, but requires customers to dial the area code to end local calls. The price of a call, area of coverage, or other rates and services will not change as a result of the change.
All customers with area code 540 should prepare for 10-digit dialing and the introduction of the new 826 area code during the first months of 2022, as calls dialed with less than 10 digits after May 14 could not to be completed.
During the permissive dialing period, local calls can be made with seven or 10 digits, and all local calls will continue to be local even if you dial 10 digits.
Customers should ensure that all services, autodial equipment, applications, software or other types of equipment are reprogrammed to dial 10 digits if programmed to dial only seven digits, and recognize the new area code 826 as a valid area code.