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New Area Code For New Numbers In Middle Tennessee

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Starting in 2015, anyone applying for new phone service within the existing 615 area code will have the newly designated area code for middle Tennessee.

After studies showed the digits following the 615 area code would run out by late 2015, the Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA) looked at options for assigning a new area code.

Monday afternoon, the TRA voted to approve the overlay plan, which means anyone getting new phone service, cell or landline, after the existing numbers run out, will be given the new designated area code.

"Nobody's number is going to change as a result of the implementation to solve this problem," said David Foster with the TRA.

Most people in the Nashville area didn't mind the change.

"Area codes are becoming less relevant because we do have those cell phones and it doesn't really matter; we can cross state lines and have the same number," said Matthew Marcus of Nashville.

Phone companies have until July to make their networks overlay ready.

Customers will then have seven months to try it out, using ten digits to dial, before the full change goes into effect. During the same time period, phone companies will be given the same amount of time to work out any problems.

Middle Tennessee has been home to the 615 area code since 1954, making it the second region to get a designated area code after Memphis.

The new area code has not yet been decided.

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