New 447 area code coming for 217-region

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. Beginning Feb. 27, all local calls made within the 217-area code must be dialed with the 10-digit telephone number, which includes the area code.

The new 447 overlay area code is necessary because 217 numbers are running out.

On March 27, new telephone lines and services may be assigned the new area code. Existing numbers won’t 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 Feb. 27, if not all digits are dialed, a recording will instruct you to hang up and dial again.

For questions, visit the website or contact your local telephone provider.