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Atlanta metro area to get new area code

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With continued growth in Metro Atlanta, the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) notified the Georgia Public Service Commission that the 404, 770, 678, and 470 area codes will exhaust by the second quarter of 2023.

In its October 6, 2020 Administrative Session, the Georgia Public Service Commission approved an “overlay area code” for the Metro Atlanta area. The overlay maintains the existing 404, 770, 678, and 470 area codes and simply adds another area code.

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The new code, which is assigned by NANPA, will be 943. The new code will not be assigned to any service providers until the current codes have been exhausted. All current customers will keep their existing phone numbers and area codes.

The new 943 area code will cover the Atlanta Metropolitan area defined as the cities of Alpharetta, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Forest Park, Gainesville, Griffin, Lawrenceville, Mableton, Marietta, Peachtree City, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Smyrna and Tucker.

The 943 area code is the first new area code in the Atlanta Metropolitan area since the 470 area code was implemented in 2010. The original statewide area code for Georgia was 404 which began back in 1947. In 1995, the 770 area code was introduced to Atlanta Metro counties outside the city limits of Atlanta. In 1998, the 678 area code was issued as an overlay to supplement customers in the 404 and 770 area. When the 470 area code was introduced, it was likewise overlaid across the 404, 770, and 678 area code complex.

The implementation plan for the new area code will occur over a nine-month period which entails network preparation and customer education.

The new area code is expected to fulfill Metro Atlanta’s needs for 10 years.

“This new area code exemplifies the growth in Georgia spurred by a positive business climate,” said Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald. “This business climate can be directly attributed to the reliability and affordability of energy in our state.”

The Public Service Commission is a five-member constitutional body that exercises its authority and influence to ensure consumers receive safe, reliable and reasonably-priced telecommunications, electric and natural gas service from financially viable and technically competent companies.

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Trump vs. Biden: Who’s Winning the Money Race in Your ZIP Code?

Estimated donors by ZIP code,
April through June

1.2 million estimated donors

1.6 million estimated donors


Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. had roughly 400,000 more individual donors than President Trump in the last three months, the latest evidence of Mr. Biden’s newfound financial strength, according to a New York Times analysis of Federal Election Commission data.

The estimated donor numbers offer another sign of the nation’s political divisions. From April through June, Mr. Biden had more donors than Mr. Trump in 26 states, including key battlegrounds like Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Mr. Trump led in 24, including critical states like Florida and Arizona.

Mr. Biden attracted more donors in urban areas and on the coasts, while Mr. Trump had the advantage in rural areas around the country.

The most recent fund-raising quarter unfolded as Democratic donors turned their focus to the general election, pouring money into Mr. Biden’s campaign and significantly narrowing the cash lead Mr. Trump had built by courting donors for his re-election bid since taking office in 2017.

Mr. Biden’s best ZIP code, in terms of the sheer number of donors, covers part of the Upper West Side of Manhattan. In fact, three of his four best ZIP codes were on the Upper West Side. The other was in Washington, D.C. Parts of Brooklyn were also among Mr. Biden’s strongest places, as were other neighborhoods in Manhattan and Washington.

Mr. Trump’s best ZIP code encompasses much of The Villages, a retirement community in Central Florida. Other strong areas for Mr. Trump included parts of the Houston, Phoenix and Las Vegas suburbs, as well as Orange County in California.

This is the first time such detailed donor data has been available for a head-to-head comparison of the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates in a general election.

This analysis, covering the second quarter of 2020, is based on fund-raising records disclosed recently by the campaigns and by WinRed and ActBlue, online fund-raising platforms that process donations for Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden, respectively.

Who’s leading in five key battlegrounds

Heading into 2020, Mr. Biden lagged behind three of his Democratic primary rivals in amassing donors, but as his party’s presumptive nominee, he has raked in cash. Mr. Trump, unlike many Republican candidates, has proved to be a magnet for small-dollar donations, and his campaign has invested heavily in prospecting for donors.

Here’s a look at five important battleground states, all of which Mr. Trump carried in 2016.

We tracked donations to President Trump and Joe Biden over the last three months, and the numbers offer another sign of the nation’s political divisions. See where each candidate had more donors.