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New CT Area Code Goes Into Effect in August

New numbers in central and northern Connecticut will start with 959 before the end of 2014.

With the remaining 860 area code telephone numbers expected to run out by the end of 2014, the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) announced Monday that numbers using a new area code, 959, will be released later this year.

The 959 area code will act as an overlay to the 860 region — routing to the same geographic area — and phone numbers with the new digits could appear as early as Aug. 30.

According to PURA, an overlay does not require customers to change their existing area code, personal telephone numbers or the manner in which they dial local calls, but beginning in September, any new service or additional lines will be assigned a 959 number.

Here’s what consumers can expect:

  • Existing telephone numbers, including current area code, will not change;
  • Customers will continue to dial area code and telephone number for local calls, and 1 before the area code and 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.
  • Customers should ensure that all services, automatic dialing equipment and other types of equipment recognize 959 as a valid area code. Some examples are life safety systems, fax machines, Internet dial-up numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, mobile phone contact lists, call forwarding settings, voicemail services, and similar functions.

Residents should contact their respective carriers with questions about the new area code and can check PURA's website for periodic updates.
Gus R. Horvath March 04, 2014 at 11:55 AM
P Troy, It is interesting that IPv6 was instituted to replace IPv4 because it had run out of addresses!!!!!
Maria Young March 04, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Matt - why would I have a speed dial on a number I never called before? And for those who have more than one kid today, better have a net of $100K income per year to have that big house, 2 cars, $200-$300 cell and cable bills and maybe have enough left to buy that prepared mac and cheese for $8.99 lb at the grocer. Save for retirement and college too and ever rising gas prices. Conservatism will never trump the selfish needs.
Matt March 04, 2014 at 05:17 PM
Maria: What on earth does any of that babble have to do with dialing a different area code? (answer: nothing) I think you are completely missing the point here. It is a new area code for NEW phone numbers. This changes nothing with current phone numbers. This changes nothing for you. This changes nothing for anyone, anywhere. It is just making more NEW numbers available for NEW phones and NEW people. Not you. So there is no inconvenience to you or anyone else anywhere. P Troy: That would be wonderful. You get started on replacing the entire twisted pair POTS dial tone telephone infrastructure with an IP based network. Let us know who is going to pay for it and when it will be done.

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