The Tennessee Regulatory Authority says 615 is running out of numbers, so we need a new area code. The press release explains the situation:
There are two viable options under consideration in the case being looked at by the TRA to address the 615 area code issue: Option one involves an Overlay. An overlay would permit retention of all current 615 numbers, but require 10-digit dialing for local calls within the 615 area. All new subscribers would receive the new area code.
Option two involves a Split. Under a split, seven-digit dialing of local calls would remain within the area code, but would require approximately half of wireless and landline customers within the current area code to change their telephone numbers.
Let's be honest. There's one viable option and one option that only makes sense if we all agree to pretend it's 1980. Here in the future, we might as well just have the overlay, because people don't change phone numbers when they move anymore. So, even if the Tennessee Regulatory Authority split 615 in half (or, what would make more sense is leave Davidson County 615 and change everyone else), quite quickly there are going to be a lot of "local" people in either area who have a phone number with the area code of the other area, so people are going to end up dialing a lot of ten digit numbers for local people anyway. Area codes no longer tell people where you live. They tell people where you lived when you bought your first cell phone.
(For reference, here's a map of our current area codes.)
So, I'm not sure why this is even up for discussion. But, hey, if you want to have a say, you can vote here.Fittingly for a discussion from the past, you can also fax your vote, but not text.