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New area code approved for Dallas area

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A fourth area code has been approved for the Dallas area, the Public Utility Commission of Texas announced earlier this week.

In a statement, the PUC said it had approved the addition of 945 due to a looming shortage of telephone number possibilities for the 214, 469 and 972 area codes. Those codes are currently used by Dallas County and parts of Collin, Denton, Fannin, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman and Tarrant counties.

The new code will be implemented over the next nine months, and telephone numbers containing the 945 area code will be assigned once the numbers available for the other three codes are exhausted in early 2021. According to the PUC statement, the addition of the code should be simplified since callers within the region already are required to dial 10 digits.

Customers with existing numbers beginning with 214, 469 and 972 will keep them.

“The growth of the population in Dallas and surrounding cities is a reflection of the continued economic vitality in the region and across the state,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “When the availability of jobs intersects with the quality of life in Texas, this kind of growth is to be expected. I applaud the PUC for taking this prudent step.”

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