CRTC to address the telephone number shortage in area code 204

    OTTAWA and GATINEAU, QC, May 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today initiated a
process to resolve the telephone number shortage affecting the region served
by area code 204.
    According to the Canadian Numbering Administrator, which consists of
representatives from both government and industry, area code 204 is expected
to run out of telephone numbers by January 2011.
    The Commission is establishing a Relief Planning Committee (RPC) to
evaluate various relief options and make recommendations to the CRTC. In its
planning, the RPC will evaluate relief measures including splitting an area
code's region or adding a new area code to the region.
    The CRTC will then determine the most appropriate relief plan, taking
into consideration the RPC's recommendations.

    Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-309

    The CRTC

    The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and supervises
broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

    Reference document: 10-digit dialing and new telephone area codes

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