10-Digit Local Dialing

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted 988 as a new three-digit number to be used
nationwide to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline, starting July 16, 2022.
In order for 988 to work in Kansas’ 620 and 785 area codes, 10-digit local dialing must first be implemented.

What will be the new dialing procedure?
To complete all local calls, you will now need to dial area code + telephone number. This applies to
all calls within your area code that are currently dialed with seven digits.

Who will be affected?
Anyone with a telephone number from your area code will need to change from 7-digit to 10-digit
local dialing.

When will the change begin?
• Beginning now, you should begin dialing 10 digits (area code + telephone number) for all local
calls. If you forget and dial just 7 digits, your call will still be completed.
• Beginning October 24, 2021, you must dial 10-digits (area code + telephone number) for all local
calls. On and after this date, local calls dialed with only 7-digits may not be completed, and a
recording will inform you that your call cannot be completed as dialed. You must hang up and dial
again using the area code and the 7-digit number.
• Beginning July 16, 2022, dialing “988” will route your call to National Suicide Prevention and
Mental Health Crisis Lifeline.

What will you need to do?
In addition to local dialing, all services, automatic dialing equipment, or other types of equipment that are
programmed to complete calls to 7-digit local numbers will need to be reprogrammed to complete calls to
10-digit numbers. Some examples are life safety systems or medical monitoring devices, PBXs, fax
machines, Internet dial-up numbers, fire or burglar alarm and security systems or gates, speed dialers,
mobile or other wireless phone contact lists, call forwarding settings, voicemail services and other similar
functions. Be sure to check your website, personal and business stationery, advertising materials, personal
and business checks, contact information, your personal or pet ID tags, etc., to ensure the area code is
included.

What will remain the same?
• Your telephone number, including current area code, will not change.
• The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change due to the dialing change.
• You will continue to only dial 1+ area code + telephone number for all long distance calls.
• You can still dial just three digits to reach 711 (relay services) and 911 (emergency services).
• Any 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, or 811 services available in your community can still be reached
by dialing their three-digit codes.
• The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can still be reached by dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

What may you contact with any questions?
If you have any questions regarding information provided in this notice, please call KanOkla Networks at 800.526.6552 or
access www.kanokla.com for more information.
You can also visit the FCC website at https://www.fcc.gov/suicide-prevention-hotline.

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