Madison region to add new area code

Madison and the surrounding area will soon include area code 353 in addition to 608, according to a statement from the Public Service Commission. The 608 area code is expected to run out of assignable prefixes (the first three numbers following the area code) in the first quarter of 2024. The new 353 area code will be used to provide telephone numbers to new customers beginning in October 2023. All current customers will retain their existing telephone numbers and will continue to dial and receive calls without change.