By Chas Sisk | The Tennessean
The 615 is about to be divided in two.
The Tennessee Regulatory Authority announced Tuesday that it has started proceedings to split the area code for Nashville and its suburbs after being informed that the region will run out of phone numbers within the next two years.
The TRA said it is soliciting feedback from phone users in the 615 area code about how to handle the split.
"We want to hear from the public on this," TRA Chairman Jim Allison said in a press release. "We want feedback from 615 area code residents on what option they think would best serve the area."
The new area code would be the state's seventh. The last new area code to be created was the 731 area code in 2002.
The 615 area code dates back to 1954. It is used in Nashville and 12 neighboring counties.
The TRA is considering two options. The first would be to split the region in two and assign half of all wireless and landline customers a new area code. The second would be to assign all new subscribers to a new area code.
Information on the split can be found on the TRA's website, www.tn.gov/tra, as well as a consumer survey. Information and print copies of the survey also can be obtained by calling 615-741-2904, ext. 174.
Comments can be mailed to the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, 460 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243.