Since 1947, the city of Las Vegas has had the 702 area code. However, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada says it may have to come up with a new area code to fill demand. Some businesses aren't too happy about that.
"Everybody that comes into Vegas knows it as 702," said Paul Klein, who manages 702 Motoring. "We are going to the 702 for the weekend. It goes with Vegas."
Klein has lived in Las Vegas for 14 years. He doesn't like the idea of adding a new area code, especially since his store has 702 plastered all over it. He believes the idea complicates things.
"If the area code changes to 505, and if that customer was to hear about 702, they may not understand exactly what 702 means," said Klein. "It's not the area code they have, so somebody who just moved here could be like, what does 702 mean? So that's a concern."
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada said a new area code may be necessary because the number of available 702 numbers will run out by 2014. The commission wants to make it clear that only new phone customers would get the new area code. Existing customers would keep 702. Some people don't see it as big deal.
"It's something that might have to happen at some point," said Dan Brady, who lives in Las Vegas. "I'm slightly indifferent about it, based on previous experience. I would say, though, if they did add a new area code that was 777, I'd probably be excited about it."
"If they have to change it, they have to change it," said Donnie Parks, who lives in Las Vegas. "I like it the way it is."
The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada will get feedback from the public in the fall. If they do approve the plan, it won't go into effect until the summer of 2014.
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