916 Area Code
On November 17, 2016, the
North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) filed an application (A-16-11-007) with the California
Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to introduce a new area code to the area now
served by the 916 area code.
The 916 area code is
forecasted to use up all its available prefixes by the 1st quarter of
2018. Adding a new area code to the 916
area code region will provide additional prefixes and ensure new telephone
numbers are available for the new customers. The telecommunications service
providers have proposed to add the new area code using the overlay method.
were held on August 15 and 16, 2016 in the Cities of Sacramento, Folsom and
Roseville. At these meetings, two
options for introduction of the new area code were discussed and explained.
option, all existing 916 area code telephone numbers would retain their 916
area code and 7-digit telephone numbers. The new area code would be introduced
and new telephone numbers might be assigned with the new area code. When the overlay is implemented, all calls,
even local calls, made from 916 area code numbers will have to be dialed using
1 + area code + 7-digit telephone number.
The split option for the 916 area
code has the following limitations.
- Assigned prefixes in the 916 are
concentrated in two rate centers in the City of Sacramento - Sacramento: Main DA and Sacramento: North DA. The imbalance in prefix assignments results
in a projected life of 55 years on one side of the split line, and a projected
life of 23 years on the other side of the split line. The 32-year difference in the projected
lives on the two sides of the split line would not meet the telecommunications
industry area code relief criteria, and would need to be suspended pending
Federal Communications Commission direction.
- The split option would also split
portions of the Cities of Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, and Citrus
Attendees spoke at the meetings and
provided written comments about their concerns.
Attendees at the three 916 meetings were mostly local jurisdiction
officials. They expressed support for
the overlay option. Some local
jurisdiction officials inquired about steps that should be taken to prepare for
the proposed overlay. CPUC staff and NANPA
explained that preparation includes programming office equipment, such as fax
and answering machines, as well as alarm and security devices to accommodate 1
+ 10-digit dialing. Several commenters
also inquired about the timeline and dialing procedures associated with the
916 Public Meeting Materials
916 Public Meeting Staff
Feb. 9, 2017, the CPUC acted to ensure that phone numbers continue to be
available to meet demand in the 916 area code by approving an area code overlay
that will provide additional numbering resources while minimizing customer
inconvenience. The new area code that will be added to the 916 region is 279.
Read our press release and view our presentation.
The 916 area code was created in 1947 as one
of the original three area codes in California.
The 916 area code serves
the greater Sacramento area, which includes parts of El Dorado, Solano, Sutter,
Yolo, Placer, and Sacramento Counties. The 916 area code serves the cities of
Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin and Roseville in Placer County; Citrus Heights, Elk
Grove, Folsom, Isleton, Rancho Cordova, and Sacramento in Sacramento County;
and the City of West Sacramento in Yolo County.
The 916 area code is bordered on the north and
east by the 530 area code, to the west by the 707 area code, and to the south
by the 925 area code and the 209 area code.
916 Area Code Background
appreciates public feedback concerning area code relief for the 916 area code. You may submit comments by:
- postal mail to CPUC Public Advisor’s Office, 320 W. 4th Street, Suite
500, Los Angeles, CA 90013,
- email to email@example.com, or
- calling the Area Code Hotline number at (866) 340-6147.