- Area code 706
NANP, area code 706 covers all of northern Georgia outside of metro Atlanta. Until 1992it was within area code 404, which was retained by the metro area.
This area code is split into two disconnected sections. The small section is west-central Georgia, in the region around Columbus. This is bordered by
area code 334to the west in Alabama, area code 478to the east, area code 229to the south, and metro Atlanta's 404, 678, 770, and future 470. It does not touch the landlinearea of 404, only the cellphonearea.
The major section of 706 wraps around from Rome in northwest Georgia, east through the mountains past
Dahlonega, meeting its narrowest point at Toccoa, then broadening south to Athens and Augusta. It touches Alabama's area code 256on the far west, Tennessee's area code 423on the northwest, North Carolina's area code 828and Upstate South Carolina's area code 864to the north-northeast, and midlands area code 803to the east, and middle Georgia's 478 and metro Atlanta as above.
June 2005, the Georgia Public Service Commissionannounced that 706 is nearly exhausted for new telephone exchangeprefixes, and would be overlaid by a new area code. On June 24th, the NANPAassigned area code 762 for this purpose, with 10-digit dialing to be allowed on September 3, and to be required on April 1of 2007.
This is the third time that the GPSC has flip-flopped on its
policyfor deciding how new area codes would be assigned. Metro Atlanta's suburbs were split into 770, but then both 404 and 770 were overlaid with 678, and cellphones (originally 404 only) can now have any of those no matter where in the metro area. Southern Georgia was then split three ways instead of an overlay.
List of NANP area codes
North American Numbering Plan
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