Plan for Additional Area Code in New Jersey Announced

Neustar, Inc., serving in its capacity as the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), announced that an additional area code, 640, has been assigned to the existing 609 area code that serves the Central and Southeastern area of New Jersey, including the cities of Atlantic City, Hammonton, Princeton and Trenton.

Neustar forecasts that numbering resources in the 609 area code will be exhausted by the third quarter of 2018. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has directed all local exchange service providers to activate the new area code to ensure the availability of numbering resources in a manner that is most efficient and least confusing for consumers, while minimizing possible disruption to consumers and businesses.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) selected Neustar to serve as the NANPA, the neutral third-party administrator that works with the telecommunications industry in developing area code relief plans. NANPA also oversees the assignment of area codes, central office codes, carrier identification codes, and other numbering resources throughout the United States, Canada, Bermuda and various Caribbean countries.

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