Despite the changes, local telephone calls will continue to be local. Calls to specialty numbers like 211, 411 and 911 will only require those three digits.
Specifics about the changes are being sent out to consumers by telephone companies. “Everyone should have their first notice now, and a second reminder will be sent out this summer,” said Derrickson. “This is going to be a time for learning and having a conversation about the changes that are coming. Nearly everybody uses a phone everyday. This is a chance to get used to it before it becomes mandatory.”