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District Offices

Somerset Office
301 Georgian Place

Somerset, PA 15501
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (814) 443-4230
Fax: (814) 443-3866

Windber Office
1605 Graham Avenue
Windber, PA 15963
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Tuesday - Thursday - Friday
Closed on Wednesday 
Phone: (814) 467-4011

Hyndman Office
158 Washington St.
Hyndman, PA. 15545
Open on Wednesdays only from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
(814) 842-3362
TOLL-FREE: (866) 779-1477
Fax: (814) 842-3367
Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by appointment
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Capitol Office
Room 111 Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202069
Harrisburg, PA 17120-2069
(717) 783-8756
Fax: (717) 782-2911

Metzgar Urges Residents to Speak on Area Code Change
2/1/2010

Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset) encourages residents to attend a Public Utilities Commission (PUC) hearing at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 4 at the Somerset Fire Company, 340 West Union St.  The hearing is being held at Rep. Metzgar’s request to allow residents the opportunity to speak on proposed changes to the 814 area code.

 

“The PUC is planning a change that will have a huge impact on our region,” said Metzgar.  “I have requested that PUC officials come to Somerset so they can hear from the people directly affected by this massive change. “

 

According to the PUC, the 814 area code is set to run out of telephone numbers in 2012.  There are two options the commission is considering.  The first is to split the current 814 region in two, giving a new area code to one part.  The second option would be an overlay in which new telephone numbers would be assigned to a different area code.

 

“An overlay would be the most logical option in this situation,” said Metzgar.  “A new area code would cost businesses money in the form of new signs, business cards and letterhead. The transition would be particularly difficult for those who do not advertise.  It would be a new expense that we just can’t afford in this economic environment.”

 

More than 20 counties use the 814 area code, including Somerset and Bedford counties.  Recognizing the disruption to customers caused by changes in their area code, the commission is seeking comments from consumers, the industry and other interested parties involved regarding the final area code decision.  Members of the public are welcome to attend the Somerset hearing and provide comments.  Customer testimony will become part of the record on which the PUC will issue its final decision.

 

For more information or to comment on the issue, visit Metzgar’s Web site at RepMetzgar.com and click on “814 Area Code Change.”

 

Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar
69th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(814) 443-4230
Contact:  Nina Arce

House Republican Public Relations

narce@pahousegop.com

(717) 260-6375

Member Site:  RepMetzgar.com

Caucus Site:  PAHouseGOP.com