EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Southern Indiana's 812 area code is due to run out of telephone numbers by 2015.
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor says the telecommunications industry wants to "overlay" a new area code in the existing region instead of dividing it geographically.
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The Evansville Courier & Press reports an overlay means existing numbers keep the 812 area code and new numbers get the new area code.
If there's a geographic split, some current customers keep the 812 code while others get the new one.
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission will choose.