A major change is coming for some phone users in the 814 area code.
Numbers for the area code, which includes the Mirror coverage area, are expected to run out in late 2012, according to the agency that administers the area codes.
The state Public Utility Commission is asking for public input on how to resolve the problem.
Neustar, the North American Numbering Plan administrator, has recommended an "overlay" plan, which means that once existing telephone numbers in the 814 area code are exhausted, new telephone services in the region would be assigned telephone numbers out of the area code. Ten-digit local dialing would then apply to all telephone calls.
The numbers of existing customers would not be changed, PUC spokeswoman Jennifer Kocher said.
At least one other option is being considered - a split of the area code.
An original and 10 copies should be marked with docket number P-2009-2112925 and submitted by Sept. 8 to Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Attn: Secretary, P.O. Box 3265, Harrisburg, PA 17105.
"Take different parts of 814 and divide it up," Kocher said. "The 814 area code is one of the last of the original area codes in Pennsylvania and has never been split."
The PUC wants to hear from residents and businesses to see what they prefer. No deadline has been set to make a decision.
"We want to know if people and businesses prefer the overlay or the split," Kocher said. "Some businesses have said they are concerned about going to a split because they would have to change numbers on their letterheads and advertising."