CRTC to address the telephone number shortage in area code 905

    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 905. Area code 289 will also be affected, as the CRTC added it in
2001 as a relief measure when area code 905 was running out of telephone
    According to the Canadian Numbering Administrator, which consists of
representatives from both government and industry, area codes 905 and 289 are
expected to run out of telephone numbers by February 2014.
    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, adding a new area code to the region, or changing the area code
    The CRTC will then determine the most appropriate relief plan, taking
into consideration the RPC's recommendations.

    Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2009-310

    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

    These documents are available in alternative format upon request.

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