The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) reminds those served by the 217-area code that a new area code will soon be introduced to central Illinois. Also, beginning February 27th, all local calls made within the 217-area code must be dialed with the 10-digit telephone number, which includes the 217-area code.
The new 447 overlay area code is necessary because 217 numbers are running out.
On March 27th, new telephone lines and services may be assigned the new area code. Existing numbers wont change, and neither will the cost of the calls. The ICC suggests customers update their automatic dialing equipment such as voicemail, medical alert, and security systems.
If you are not already doing so, get in the habit of dialing all 10 digits now. As of February 27th, if not all digits are dialed, a recording will instruct you to hang up and dial again.
For questions, visit the icc.illinois.gov website or contact your local telephone provider.