I love permissive dialing
I predict there will be much confusion, possible bedlam and perhaps even rioting in the streets in Northern Wisconsin starting this Saturday. That's when everybody who currently lives in the 715 area code will have to start dialing 10-digits to make a local call.
Instead of carving up the 715 area and creating a new geographic area code, they're introducing a new one because 715 is plum out of numbers. The new area code is 534.
According to the press release from the Public Service Commission, all residents and businesses in the 715 area code that the mandatory 10-digit dialing for all local calls originating from the 715 area code will begin on Saturday, July 17, 2010, when the permissive dialing period comes to an end.
Apparently the permissive dialing period will continue beyond that here in southern Wisconsin. I had no idea there was such a thing as the "permissive dialing period," or that there was a name for it. But now that I know about it, I want to tell you--I like it!
Every time I make a local call here in Madison I will let out a little internal "woo-hoo" as I celebrate permissive dialing. I want to enjoy it while it lasts, because I'm sure we'll run out of numbers down here in 608 Land in the not-too-distant future.
And when I go up north the next time and have to place a local call, I might just riot in the streets.