CRTC to deal with the telephone number shortage in area code 613

    OTTAWA and GATINEAU, Oct. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Radio-television
and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today initiated a public process to
handle the telephone number shortage affecting the area code 613 region, which
may result in the introduction of a new area code.
    According to the Canadian Numbering Administrator (CNA), area code 613 is
expected to run out of telephone numbers by May 2012.
    With this public notice
(, the Commission
is establishing a Relief Planning Committee (RPC) to evaluate and present
various relief options. The CRTC's role will be to approve a solution.

    Overview of the relief process

    - With the issuance of this public notice, the CRTC is encouraging
      interested parties to participate in the planning process.
    - Anyone interested in participating in the process must register with
      the CRTC by October 26, 2007.
    - Once registered with the CRTC, interested parties will then be able to
      provide comments during the planning process.
    - Details of the process are stated in the public notice.
    - Any person wishing to examine the documents of the RPC may do so by
      accessing the CNA website at ( or by
      phone, at 613-563-7242.

    A final decision on the area code 613 relief plan is expected in 2008.

    The CRTC

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

For further information:

For further information: Media Relations: MediaRelations
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