SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – On May 24, the County of Santa Clara sent a News Release called County of Santa Clara Supervisors Weigh in on Implementation of New Area Code, which addresses the County’s recommendation to the California Public Utilities Commission regarding the 669 area code addition to be implemented in 2012. However, some follow-up media reports inaccurately imply that the County has authority over the final decision.
Yesterday’s vote by County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors was simply to provide input to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decision-making process regarding the addition of a new area code to the 408 area code boundary. The County was responding to an invitation sent last March by the CPUC inviting the Board of Supervisors to provide input into the decision making process regarding how a new area code would be introduced within the 408 area code boundary.
Based on the two alternatives presented by CPUC to implement the new 669 area code, County of Santa Clara Supervisors recommended the Overlay method over the Geographic Split method. However, the CPUC has not made a final decision and could still vote to handle it the other way. Once the CPUC makes its decision, service providers will be required to implement the new area code with a specific period which can be six months to one year.
CPUC is still welcoming resident’s input at the link below
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119
Posted: May 25, 2011