10-digit dialing for local calls starts in October

Beginning Oct. 24, residents in the 608 area code will be required to dial 10 digits (area code + phone number) for all local calls, according to information from the Federal Communications Commission. On and after this date, local calls dialed with only seven digits may not be completed, and a recording may inform customers that calls cannot be completed as dialed. Before Oct. 24, telephone customers should reprogram automatic dialing equipment and other devices currently programmed with seven digits. Changes will affect security or alarm systems, life safety systems, VoIP, private branch exchange, electronic telephone sets, auto-dial systems, multiline key systems, fax machines, internet dial-up numbers, gates, speed dialers, call forwarding settings, and voicemail services.

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