The Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce board passed a resolution Wednesday urging continued public comment regarding 315 area code relief for central and northern New York as well as further postponement of a recommended decision.
The New York State Public Service Commission has resumed a proceeding to determine how best to create an additional area code in the 315 area code region, serving all or part of 18 northern and Central New York counties.
The commission originally instituted the proceedings in December 2007 to investigate and evaluate options for making additional telephone numbers available in the 315 area code.
After considering input from the public and industry, a decision for an overlay code, which is a new area code imposed on the existing region so that two different codes serve the same region, was issued. Shortly thereafter, the decision was put on hold due to a changed exhaust projection of the 315 area.
In subsequent updates it was indicated that the 315 area code would be out of assignable codes by the first quarter of 2015 and the commission has reinstituted public comment concerning changes in technology and usage patterns.
Two methods of area code relief have been proposed; overlay and geographic split, splitting existing area code 315 into two regions with one region retaining 315 and the other region getting a new area code.
The overlay code would allow existing customers to keep their numbers, new service customers would receive area code numbers that are available either 315 or a new area code and an overlay can easily be repeated in the future.
The Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce urges continued public comment so that the commission selects the area code relief that is in the public’s best interest, the Commission to delay any decision until truly necessary and urges the Commission to ultimately decide in favor of an overlay code.