Additional Area Code Planned for South Carolina
“854” Overlay Code Assigned to the Coastal Area
STERLING, Va. -- December 23, 2013
Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR), serving in its capacity as the North American
Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA), announced today that an additional area
code (854) has been assigned to the existing 843 area code that serves the
Costal Area of South Carolina – including the cities of Charleston, Hilton
Head Island, Myrtle Beach, and Florence. The new dialing pattern for the area
will require 10-digit dialing for all local calls into, out of, and between
the existing 843 Area Code and the new 854 Area Code. Toll calls will continue
to require 1+10-digit dialing. Existing 843 telephone numbers will not change.
Neustar has forecasted that numbering resources in the 843 area code will be
exhausted by the end of 2015. The South Carolina Public Service Commission 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.
A telecommunications industry group comprised of service providers from
various industry segments collectively develops area code relief plans for
South Carolina. Relief activities for area codes in South Carolina are
overseen by Neustar.
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.
For more information on the North American Numbering Plan Administrator, visit
here. For more information about area code relief planning, visit here.
Neustar, Inc. (NYSE: NSR) is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time
information and analysis to the communications services, financial services,
retail, and media and advertising sectors. Neustar applies its advanced,
secure technologies to help its clients promote and protect their businesses.
More information is available at www.neustar.biz.
Kim Hart, 202-533-2934
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