Area codes 614 and 380

517 734 226 / 519 260 765 812 859 606 304 / 681 814 724 419 / 567 440 216 440 234 / 330 937 513 614 740
The regions shown in blue are in Ohio.

Area code 614 and 380 are the area codes in the North American Numbering Plan for Columbus, Ohio and most of its close suburbs.

Ohio was originally assigned four area codes when the area code system was instituted in 1947, one for each quadrant of the state. 614 originally covered the southeastern quadrant, from Columbus to the Ohio River along the West Virginia border.

In 1998, nearly all of the southern portion of the old 614 territory was split into the new area code 740. Ameritech, at that time the predominant incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC), had proposed a split of 614 which generally would have seen Franklin, Delaware and Marion Counties retaining 614, with other suburban Columbus counties following the rural portion of the old 614 into the new 740. A complaint before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) claiming unequal treatment of the suburban counties was brought by Granville attorney J. Drew McFarland, later joined by the Village of Granville, Licking and Fairfield counties and others, wishing for an overlay area code. The PUCO instead reduced the 614 footprint to Columbus itself and Franklin County (with a subsequent appeal making a slight variation that allowed Dublin to retain 614). The case represented the first time nationally that an ILEC's plan was substantially modified by consumer action. McFarland v. Ameritech Ohio, PUCO 97-547-TP-CSS

As the code has been reduced in area to be all but synonymous with Columbus, Ohio, it appears on some T-shirt designs which use 614 as an abbreviation or short form to identify the city.[1]

In 2001, it was planned to overlay area code 614 with area code 380, in anticipation of exhaustion. However, the anticipated growth did not materialise and number pooling replaced the proposal. On 14 January 2015 the PUCO instructed the telecommunications industry to implement the new area code on 27 February 2016. 10-digit local dialing has been required since 30 January 2016.[2]

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Coordinates: 40°N 83°W / 40°N 83°W / 40; -83

Ohio area codes: 216, 220, 234, 330, 419, 440, 513, 567, 614, 740, 937
North: 740
West: 740, 937 area code 614 East: 740
South: 740
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