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. Customers must continue to dial 1-800-273-TALK to reach the Lifeline until July 16, 2022.
In order for 988 to work in your area code, mandatory 10-digit local dialing will be implemented. If your area code is included in the list you will need to dial the area code for all local calls starting on October 24, 2021.
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.
Anyone with a telephone number from your area code will need to make a change from 7-digit local dialing to 10-digit local dialing.
In addition to changing the way you dial local calls, 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, and other such items to ensure the area code is included.
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.
What is a local call now will remain a local call regardless of the number of digits dialed.
You will continue to 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).
If you have any questions regarding information provided in this notice, please call Jackson Energy Authority at 731-422-7500 or access www.jaxenergy.com for more information. You can also visit the FCC website at https://www.fcc.gov/suicide-prevention-hotline.