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ALJ/JPO/eap Date of Issuance 4/25/2008
Decision 08-04-059 April 24, 2008
BEFORE THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Application of the North American Numbering Plan Administrator, on Behalf of the California Telecommunications Industry, for Relief of the 818 Numbering Plan Area.
(Filed December 19, 2007)
OPINION GRANTING REQUEST FOR AREA CODE
OVERLAY IN THE 818 AREA CODE
By this decision, we grant the application, filed by the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) on behalf of the telecommunications industry (industry), requesting approval of an all-services distributed overlay (overlay) for the 818 numbering plan area (NPA), which currently utilizes the 818 area code, with a 13-month implementation schedule.1 The overlay will provide additional numbering resources to meet the demand for telephone numbers. Implementation shall commence immediately.
To facilitate implementation of the overlay, a public education program (PEP) will be implemented.
After the implementation period, the overlay area code (747) will be available in the same geographic location as the current 818 area code. Consequently, customers must dial the three-digit area code for all calls to and from telephone numbers with the 818 and 747 area codes.2 Customers may begin using this new dialing procedure six months after the start of the 13-month implementation schedule and continue to do so for six months, i.e., during the permissive dialing period. However, customers must use the new dialing procedure at the start of the mandatory dialing period 12 months after the start of the implementation schedule. No customers will be required to change their telephone numbers. New telephone numbers with the 747 area code will be issued to customers beginning one month after the start of the mandatory dialing period.
This proceeding is closed.
1 As a neutral third-party administrator, NANPA has no independent view regarding the relief option proposed in the application by the industry. The "industry" is composed of current and prospective telecommunications carriers operating in, or considering operations within, the 818 area code. The 818 NPA is the geographic area served by the 818 area code. For convenience and because it is common practice, we refer to both as the 818 area code.
2 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in paragraph 70 of FCC 00-429 "required mandatory 10-digit dialing for all calls in areas served by overlays to ensure that competition will not be deterred in overlay area codes as a result of dialing disparity."