07/18/14 7:00am
07/18/2014 7:00 AM

The end of the 631 area code is approaching for some of us here in Suffolk County.

While the arguments surrounding the pros and cons of both possible solutions now being weighed by the North American Numbering Plan Administration may seem trivial, this is actually an important issue that can change how residents in the county are identified.  (more…)

07/15/14 6:42pm
07/15/2014 6:42 PM
A handful of residents spoke at a forum Tuesday about the upcoming shortage of area codes. (Credit: Claire Leaden)

A handful of residents spoke at a forum Tuesday about the upcoming shortage of area codes. (Credit: Claire Leaden)

The possibility of a new area code replacing 631 for part of Suffolk County may be viewed as an annoyance for some. After all, who wants go through their phone to update numbers?

For Larry Huff, the potential change also comes with a more substantial downside: a price tag upwards of $500,000.

Mr. Huff, the vice president of Electronix Systems in Huntington Station, spoke during a public hearing Tuesday afternoon in Riverhead where representatives from the New York State Public Service Commission discussed potential remedies to the predicted area code shortfall.  (more…)

07/09/14 2:00pm
07/09/2014 2:00 PM

Phone

Area codes. What began as the replacement for human telephone operators quickly turned into a disclosure of geographical locations, along with — in at least some instances — an indication of social status.

The glamour of Manhattan’s “212” area code even spawned a website where one can spend over $500 to purchase a number with the three special digits.

As they say, all good things must come to an end.  (more…)