New area code waits in wings

A new area code that was approved for customers within the 812 area code to alleviate a shortage of phone numbers has not been assigned yet to any numbers, a spokesperson for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission said.

The commission approved two measures because the 812 area code, which encompasses the southern third of Indiana, was running out of numbers. The first was requiring 10-digit dialing within the area code, which took effect Feb. 7. The second was approval of a 930 overlay, meaning any new numbers within the 812 area code would be assigned a 930 area code instead.

March 7 was the effective date for the 930 overlay. However, no 930 area codes have been assigned because phone carriers are still working off of their existing 812 area codes, the spokesperson said.