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Local Calls will Require Area Code due to National Suicide Prevention rollout

 

December 16, 2020

10 digit dialing will soon be required for local calls.

On July 16, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") approved the designation of 988 as the new, nationwide, 3-digit abbreviated code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The 988 hotline will provide a phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors.

Some area codes, like the 406 area code in Montana, currently allow 7-digit dialing to complete a local phone call. As a result of FCC Order 20-100, area codes that allow 7-digit dialing and already have the 988 prefix assigned as a working number must move to manda...



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