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New area code to be introduced in Connecticut

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A new area code will be introduced in Connecticut later this year, according to state officials.

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, or PURA, announced the new 959 area code Monday.

Officials said it will be assigned as an overlay to the 860 region and will help meet demand. They said an overlay does not require customers to change their existing area code, personal telephone numbers or the manner in which they dial local calls.

Current plans call for the new code to go into effect on Aug. 30, 2014.

After that date, customers requesting new service, an additional line, or in some cases moving their service, may be assigned a number with the new 959 area code.

PURA said for most customers, the new code should have minimal impact:

  • Existing telephone numbers, including current area code, will not change.
  • Customers will continue to dial area code + telephone number for local calls, and 1 + area code + telephone number for long distance calls.
  • Local calling areas will remain the same.
  • Prices for calls and coverage areas will not change due to the overlay.
  • Customers will still dial services such as 911 (211, 411, 811, etc.) with just three digits.

PURA also recommended that customers check business stationary, advertising materials, personal checks and personal or pet ID tags to ensure that the area code is correct.

Customers should contact their respective carriers with questions about the new area code, officials said.

Updates can also be found on PURA's website, here.

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