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Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

With Austins growth comes some changes. This morning, the Public Utility Commission voted to adopt a new area code for the Austin area. The 737 area code will be introduced to the 512 in July of 2013. Commissioner Ken Anderson says the transition shouldnt be difficult for Austinites. Weve had ten digit dialing in North Texas for a long time. So welcome to the 21 st century, said Anderson. Ten digit dialing will be phased in starting this December.

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What Do You Think of Area Code 737? The Public Utility Commission wants to hear from Central Texans this morning about the plan to add a new area code . Because of population growth and the popularity of cell phones, the commission says 512 numbers are running out and numbers with a 737 area code will soon be added. Under the new plan , customers in 19 Central Texas counties would be required to dial 10-digits to make a local call. The public meeting starts at 9:30 this...