California Public Utilities Commission Hosts Meeting on 916 Area Code

The California Public Utilities Commission will hold a public meeting in Folsom on Monday, August 15 to provide information and obtain input on the introduction of a new area code to the region now served by the 916 area code. The 916 area code is now expected to use up its available prefixes by March 2018 due to increased demand. 

Adding a new area code is known as an overlay, which would provide additional prefixes and new telephone numbers for the 916 area code customers.  The overlay, pending CPUC approval, would allow all customers to keep their current phone numbers, including their area code.  To avoid service disruption, the new area code would be added to the 916 area by September 2017, six months before depletion of prefixes.  In September 2017, customers requesting new phone numbers would be assigned a new area code.

The meeting will be held on Monday, August 15 at 6 p.m. at the Folsom Community Center Activity Room, located at 52 Natoma Street. For more information and other regional public meeting dates, visit