LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas could be getting a new area code, although it probably won't come up all 7's as some have proposed.
The Las Vegas Sun reports the Nevada Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday approved a measure that would allow officials to pursue a new area code by the summer of 2014 as demand for numbers in the current 702 exchange fills up.
A recent report found the numbers available in the 702 area code will run out by the second quarter of 2014 based on current demand.
It's unlikely the new area code would be 777, a pitch Las Vegas tried in 1997. That area code is reserved by the telecommunications industry as an easily remembered number that could be used for public services.
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