New dialing to come in British Columbia

    OTTAWA-GATINEAU, June 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that effective
September 12, 2008, 10-digit local dialing will be required for all local
calls in British Columbia.
    To prevent the exhaustion of telephone numbers in the area code
250 region, 10-digit dialing will begin on June 23, 2008. The change to
10-digit dialing will be gradually introduced over the following weeks and
become mandatory by September 12, 2008.
    In addition, effective July 4, 2007, the use of area code 778 will be
expanded to provide numbers in the region served by area code 250. This means
that customers seeking new numbers in the current 250 area code regions could
be given a number starting with area code 778.
    These measures are being implemented in response to the Canadian
Numbering Administrator's forecast that the area code 250 region will run out
of telephone numbers by January 2008.

    The CRTC

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

    Reference documents:
    Telecom Decision CRTC 2007-38, Code relief for area code 250- British
    Telecom Public Notice CRTC 2007-2, Relief planning for numbering plan
    area (NPA) 250 in British Columbia

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