NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) The new 959 area code is now being used in Connecticut.
The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority announced Tuesday the new code is being introduced in the calling region served by the 860 area code. The new code was needed because the supply of telephone numbers in the 860 area code is being exhausted because of continuing demand for telephone numbers.
PURA has been working with the telecommunications industry since mid-2013 to oversee an orderly implementation of the new 959 area code.
For most customers, the new code will have minimal impact. Existing phone numbers, including the current area code, will not change. Customers requesting new service, an additional line or possibly moving their service may be assigned a 959 phone number.
The new overlay of area codes won't affect prices.