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Two weeks until 10-digit local calls for area code 270

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A reminder: mandatory 10-digit dialing for everybody who works or lives in area code 270 begins on February 1.

Dialing 1 for local calls will not be necessary and local calls will not become long-distance calls.

The Public Service Commission (PSC) says area code 364 will also added to the same geographic area as the current area code 270 on February 1.

Area code 364 was created in December 2012 when the PSC decided the best way to meet the need for more telephone numbers in area code 270 was through the creation of an overlay, which superimposes a new area code over an existing area code.

The overlay option is the least disruptive for all customers and imposes the smallest cost on businesses in the area, according to the PSC.

This is the first area code in Kentucky created by an overlay.

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