Prepare for 10-digit local dialing in Pierce County, Northwest WisconsinCustomers in the 715 area code should begin using the new 10-digit dialing procedure consisting of the area code and seven-digit telephone number when making local calls.
Prepare for 10-digit local dialing
MADISON--Customers in the 715 area code should begin using the new 10-digit dialing procedure consisting of the area code and seven-digit telephone number when making local calls.
This is a “permissive dialing” period for the 715 area code taking full effect in July 2010. During this permissive period, if callers forget to use the area code and dial only the seven-digit number, the call will still be completed. On July 17, 2010, “mandatory” 10-digit dialing begins and customers in the 715 area code must use the 10-digit dialing procedure for all local calls, otherwise their calls will not go through.
“A change for the 715 area code is coming and this dialing modification is one part of it,” said Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairperson Eric Callisto. “Consumers within the 715 area code will retain their current telephone numbers and area code, although beginning in August of 2010, consumers ordering new or additional telecommunications services may be given telephone numbers with the new 534 area code. When two area codes exist in the same area, then 10-digit dialing is a requirement. A permissive dialing period is a useful means to get consumers accustomed to the change.”
Read more in the print version of the Herald Oct. 21.