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The state Public Service Commission has put on hold the introduction of a new area code for Central and Northern New York.

Officials said the North American Numbering Plan Administrator — the agency responsible for administering area codes — has determined the “315 region” would not need another area code until the third quarter of 2016.

“Due to the potential disruption that could be created when a new area code is added, it is prudent to temporarily postpone this proceeding given that extra time now exists before a decision must be made,” said PSC Chair Audrey Zibelman in a news release this afternoon.

The state agency initially was expecting the region to run out of assignable codes in the first quarter of 2015 at the latest.

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