The Kentucky Public Service Commission is once again seriously considering an area code change of some kind for western Kentucky.
A news release says the 270 area code will run out of phone numbers by the third quarter of 2014 if something isn’t done and that’s why they are considering either splitting the current area code region or doing an overlay of one region with two codes that would require hitting 10 digits every time you make a phone call.
A 2006 proposal would have split western Kentucky at the Christian-Todd line, meaning Elkton would have kept its 270 area code and Hopkinsville would be 364. The Public Service Commission says there is no assurance that dividing line would be kept and they are also seriously considering the overlay option where only new phone numbers would receive the new area code.
It is the second time in six years the new area code is being considered after the project was shelved a few years ago as more numbers became more plentiful again.
Public hearings will be held across the region next month, with dates and times to be announced later.