Transition to Ten-Digit Dialing

This Sunday, October 24th, 2021, 82 area codes in 35 states and one U.S. territory will require callers who have been using seven-digit dialing for local numbers to start entering both the three-digit area code and the seven-digit telephone number to complete all calls, even if the intended recipient’s area code is the same area code as the originating caller.  After the transition to ten-digit dialing, local calls dialed within affected area codes using only seven-digits may not be completed, and a recording will inform callers that their call cannot be completed as dialed.  Callers must hang up and dial again using the applicable area code and the seven-digit number.

You can learn more about ten-digit dialing in this FCC consumer guide: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/ten-digit-dialing

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a temporary FCC program to help households struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic. The benefit provides an up to $75.00/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands.  A household is eligible based on the following:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty guidelines or participates in certain government assistance programs;
  • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast programs;
  • Received a federal Pell grant during the current award year;
  • Experiences a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating providers existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

To apply please visit www.getemergencybroadband.org or contact your participating provider directly.

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