The Public Utility Commission delayed a decision to split the state’s 814 area code because it likely won’t run out of phone numbers until 2015.

The PUC approved a plan in December to switch the area code to 582 for phone users in the northwestern part of the state. The rest of the area stretching through west-central and south-central Pennsylvania would keep the 814 area code.

But the commission in January announced it would revisit the issue after some people suggested an overlay approach in which only new customers in the 814 region would get the 582 area code.

The Erie Times-News says the commission voted to delay the decision Thursday after a consulting firm determined the area is running out of phone numbers slower than anticipated.

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Information from: Erie Times-News

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