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New Area Code to Begin October 17

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) has acted to create a new area code within the current boundaries of the 715 area code. Called an “overlay,” this action will require individuals within the current 715 area code to begin dialing the appropriate area code for every call made, including local calls. This action was taken to provide additional telephone numbers in our region.

It is recommended that callers in the 715 area code begin using the ten digit number (area code and 7-digit number) beginning October 17th. However, if you forget and only dial the 7-digit local number, your calls will continue to be connected until July 17, 2010. Numbers for the new area code (534) will begin to be assigned on August 14th, 2010. Your current telephone number will remain the same and calling areas and rates will not change.