CRTC to introduce a new area code for the 819 region of Quebec in 2013

OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Feb. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced a new area code to manage the telephone number shortage that will affect the area currently covered by area code 819.

Starting June 1, 2013, new telephone numbers assigned in the 819 region may be given the area code 873. Existing customers will keep their current area code and phone numbers.

These measures are being implemented in response to the report that the Canadian Numbering Administrator presented to the CRTC last year. The report warned that area code 819 is expected to run out of telephone numbers by February 2015.

Telecom Decision CRTC 2010-94


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

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SOURCE Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

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