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PUCO approves new 220 area code for central Ohio
New area code brings 10-digit dialing to the area currently covered by 740

Kabir Bhatia
In The Region:
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio today approved a plan to bring a new area code -- and 10-digit dialing -- to much of the state.
The 740 area code covers central and southeastern Ohio, and it’s on track to be exhausted by 2015.  It will now be joined by a new area code – 220 – necessitating a change from seven- to 10-digit dialing.
Current 740 numbers will stay the same, but new numbers will be assigned to 220.
The utilities commission had considered a plan to split the region and re-assign some numbers to 220, but that would have forced many businesses to reprint signage and advertising materials.
The last time a switch was needed in Northeast Ohio was in 2000, when the 330 area code was joined by 234.
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