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      Officials: 843 area code to max out in 2015

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- By the end of 2015, there will be no more phone numbers in the 843 area code to hand out. As a result, the state's Public Service Commission has planned a hearing to discuss the steps going forward.

      It was announced Tuesday that the North American Numbering Plan Administrator filed a petition with the state's public service commission for relief of the 843 area code.

      According to the petition, the 843 area code will be exhausted in the fourth quarter of 2015.

      So the petition recommended a 13-month plan that would allow existing customers to keep their 843 area codes and phone numbers as well as roll out 10-digit dialing for the region.

      The change would give the area code an additional life span of 28 years, the petition states.

      The hearing is set for Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Commission's Hearing Room at 101 Executive Center Drive in the Saluda Building in Columbia.

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