Consumer Information Energy Telecommunications
Elizabeth S. Jacobs
Chair
Nick Wagner
Board Member
Sheila K. Tipton
Board Member

319 Area Code Relief Process

  • In the 319 area code a telephone industry meeting was held in September 1999 to discuss possible remedies. The 319 area was projected to run out of local exchange prefixes in the third quarter of 2002.
  • In November 1999, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) received a petition from the industry requesting an "overlay" in the 319 area code. The IUB considered the overlay and several other alternatives.
  • On March 31, 2000, the Iowa Utilities Board docketed the proposal as SPU-99-30 and set a procedural schedule.
  • A series of 10 public meetings were conducted in the 319 area code in late April/early May 2000 to educate the public.   These meetings also provided the public an opportunity to comment on the proposals.   Written comments about the 319 area code proposals were accepted until June 26, 2000.
  • Meetings were held with various local Chambers of Commerce to alert them and other interested groups to the potential issues affecting business and encouraging them to become informed and comment on the proposals.
  • On August 22, 2000, the Iowa Utilities Board held a hearing for cross-examination of formal comments filed by the industry, the Office of Consumer Advocate, and any other interested persons.
  • A decision on the 319 Area Code relief plan was adopted on November 16, 2000.  The new area code, assigned the number 563, went into effect on March 25, 2001, with permissive dialing of either 319 or 563 allowed through December 1, 2001.  Mandatory dialing of the new 563 area code began Sunday, December 2, 2001.

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