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Competition in telecommunications markets is partially dependent upon fair and impartial access by all telecommunications carriers to national numbering resources, or telephone numbers. Inefficiencies in the allocation and utilization of numbering resources threaten the growth of competition by preventing new entrants from getting into telecommunications markets, and by preventing carriers already providing services from expanding their offerings. Equally important, considerable burdens are imposed on consumers by the inefficient administration of telephone numbering resources. Consumers face additional costs, both tangible and intangible, when a new area code is implemented in their local area.

Area Code Facts

Background on Current Ten-Digit System

Numbering Resource Optimization Strategies / Miscellaneous