ICC Announces New 447 Area Code for 217 Region

Conservation efforts delayed implementation by 12 years, 447 prefixes coming in 2021

A state of the art telephone from another time. (Photo: Gellinger on Pixabay, Creative Commons)

Springfield, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Illinois Commerce Commission has announced a new area code is coming to central Illinois. The new 447 area code will “overlay” the existing 217 area code to address the depletion of prefixes available for assignment within the region. The first prefix in the new area code will not be introduced until after March 29, 2021.

The 217 area code covers 36 counties in Illinois and includes . . .

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