Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 | 8 p.m.
The state Public Utilities Commission is seeking public feedback as it develops a plan to add a telephone area code in Southern Nevada.
According to a report filed in April by a group that tracks area code use, the numbers available in the 702 area code, established 65 years ago, will run out by the second quarter of 2014 based on current demand.
Under the plan, existing customers are expected to retain the 702 code. But if they want to call the new customers they would have to dial the new code. There would be no long-distance charge, a PUC spokeswoman said.
The utility commission has set public hearings for 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Spirit Mountain Community Center in Laughlin, and 6 p.m. Sept. 27 at the commission's office at 9075 W. Diablo Drive, Suite 250, in Las Vegas.