(UNDATED) - Representative Eric Koch of Bedford says that according to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, the 812 area code is projected to exhaust its supply of new numbers by the end of 2015.
State regulators have proposed two methods: the "overlay" method and the "geographic split" method.
The proposed overlay method would allow for a new area code to be added into the same geographic area. Current residents would retain their area codes, but any new residents would be issued a new area code.
The geographic split proposal would separate the current area code zone into two or more new area codes. One geographic area would retain the original area code while the other geographic areas would be issued new area codes.
Koch says IURC representatives will be traveling throughout the state to hear from Hoosiers about the proposed options and to raise awareness about why changes are needed in order to continue serving the region.
Koch is encouraging everyone with an interest to share their opinion with the IURC by attending one of the public hearings scheduled in Bloomington March 7 at 6 p.m. at Bloomington High School South, on South Walnut Street or in Bedford on March 25 at 6 p.m. at Bedford North Lawrence High School's Performing Arts Center, on Stars Boulevard, or in French Lick on April 1 at 6 p.m. at Springs Valley High School Auditorium, on South Larry Bird Boulevard.
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