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Area codes 954 and 754 are the telephone area codes in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) for Broward County, Florida. Notable cities in the numbering plan area are Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Hollywood, Parkland, Sunrise, Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Davie, Weston, Dania Beach, Oakland Park and Pembroke Pines.

Area code 954 went into service on September 11, 1995, in a split of area code 305, which was the original and sole area code for Florida in 1947, when AT&T created the first nationwide telephone numbering plan.[1] By 1995, Broward County had used 305 for 48 years, and numerous splits over the years had made area code 305 more or less coextensive with the Miami–Fort Lauderdale area. This split was intended as a long-term solution, but within five years 954 was already close to exhaustion due to South Florida's explosive growth and the proliferation of auxiliary devices, such as cell phones, pagers, and fax machines.

In November 2000, the Florida Public Service Commission approved the use of an overlay area code to service Broward County, after a telecommunications industry group sought alternatives to relieve the strain on the county. It was projected that 954 was to be exhausted by the third quarter of 2002. The North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA) announced on December 4, 2000, an area code overlay plan for relief, assigning area code 754 to the same territory in Broward County.[2] The area code was activated on August 1, 2001[3] and began use on April 1, 2002.[4] As the overlay plan required, ten-digit dialing became mandatory in Broward. As 954 exchanges are exhausted, new numbers use area code 754.

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References

  1. ^ Whitefield, Mimi; Fields, Gregg (September 3, 1995). "A New Ring". The Miami Herard. p. 1B, 2B.
  2. ^ "Area Code Relief Planned for Southeast Florida". North American Numbering Plan Administration. 2000-12-04. Archived from the original on 7 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-08.
  3. ^ North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA) (2001-08-04). "NPA 754 To Overlay NPA 954 (Southeast Florida)" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-01-08.
  4. ^ Ostrow, Nicole (2002-03-26). "No Joke: 10-Digit Dialing at Hand". Sun-Sentinel. p. Local 1A. Retrieved 2007-01-08.
Florida area codes: 239, 305/786, 321, 352, 386, 407/689, 561, 727, 772, 813, 850/448, 863, 904, 941, 954/754
North: 561
West: 239, 863 area code 754/954 East: 242, Atlantic Ocean
South: 305/786
Bahamas area codes: 242