GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A new telephone area code for northeast Wisconsin is being delayed indefinitely – and that means folks in the 920 area code will not have to dial 10 digits for their local calls.
The State Public Service Commission was planning to make all new phones in the 920 region use an area code of 274, and make all phone customers dial an area code – even for calls across the street. But the PSC says such a move won’t be needed for a while, because it will take longer than expected for phone numbers in the 920 area code to be all used up.
The stagnant economy is one reason for the delay – and the PSC says effective conservation measures have also been taken. As a result, all the possible 920 numbers won’t be exhausted until late in 2017.
Officials say a new schedule for implementing 274 will be adopted within two years before the 920 numbers run dry.
Phone customers in central and northern Wisconsin are already dialing 10 digits for all their local calls. That’s because a separate area code was added for new numbers in the 715 territory a couple years ago.