Fast-growing Miami is likely to be getting another area code soon, with 305 and 786 numbers running low.
305 and 786 numbers are on track to run out by the first quarter of 2024, according to a petition on behalf of Florida’s telecommunications industry.
Florida’s Public Service Commission has scheduled a meeting on December 21 where it will consider adding the new area code.
Miami last got a new area code in 1998, when 786 was added.
Last week, the PSC approved adding a new area code in Palm Beach County, in addition to 561, according to the Palm Beach Post. Numbers there were set to be exhausted by 2023.
Palm Beach previously used 305, before switching to 407 (Orlando’s current area code) in 1988 and then 561 in 1997.
The 305 area code actually once belonged to the entire state of Florida when it was introduced in 1947, before Tampa was split off in 1953.
Each area code can have up to 7.9 million numbers.
The potential new Miami area code was first reported by Miami Today.
(image: Florida Public Service Commission)