According to the IURC, the overlay option was overwhelmingly more popular than the alternative. That option would have divided southern Indiana, allowing portions to retain their 812 identity, while forcing others to adopt a completely new number.
For businesses and residences alike, the possibility of being assigned a new number was inconvenient and potentially costly.
As a result, the overlay option proved more attractive. With the new area code, the 930 and 812 numbers together have a life expectancy of 71 years.
“Media throughout southern Indiana have followed this closely and responded with coverage, which has been instrumental in community outreach and educating the public,” said IURC Commissioner Larry Landis in a news release dated July 31st. “At the end of the day, it all comes down to education and making sure this transition is as smooth as possible.”
As your local phone company, ETC will strive to make the transition as smooth as possible in the coming months.
While our transition plans are still a work in progress, our goal is to be transparent during the conversion process. Be watching your local ETC Community Channel, reading your local paper and listening to your local radio stations for updates.