A Civic Media radio station

Civic Media Logo
There will be a new 353 area code in Southern Wisconsin next month

Source: Canva

There will be a new 353 area code in Southern Wisconsin next month

The additional area code will be assigned to customers who are requesting new phone service or an additional line.

August 9, 2023 4:54 PM CDT

By: Teri Barr

There will be a new 353 area code going into effect for some Southern Wisconsin phone customers next month.

It will be assigned to customers who are requesting new phone service or an additional line. The 353 area code will cover parts of the 608 area code region, including Madison, Beloit, Janesville, Monroe, La Crosse, Platteville, and Wisconsin Dells.

The new 353 area code should be set-up for use by September 15, according to Public Service Commission of Wisconsin officials. The PSC is the agency overseeing the state’s utilities.

If you have an existing 608 number, you will keep your number, and the price of a call will not change when you have to use the new area code.

Customers will continue to dial just three digits to reach 911 for emergencies, as well as 211 for community information, 311 which is non-emergency, 411 for directory assistance, 511 to get traffic and transportation information, 611 for repair services, 711 is the telecommunications relay service number, 811 for calls to protect pipeline and utilities, and 988, the new Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

Officials say the 608 area code is expected to run out of assignable prefixes which are the three numbers of a phone number following the area code.

This is not the first region to use two area codes. North and northwestern Wisconsin uses 715 and 534, while the Green Bay area and other eastern parts of the state are assigned 920 and 274.

More Articles

  • New Security Plans for Republican National Convention are Subject of ACLU Lawsuit

    6/21/2024 | Ella Saph

    MILWAUKEE (Civic Media) – The United States Secret Service has announced increased security measures prior to the 2024 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Milwaukee July 15-18. The new precautions are expected to pose challenges for vehicles, pedestrians, and public transit in downtown Milwaukee, and according to the ACLU, are in violation of First Amendment rights. […]

  • Could the Mississippi River benefit from Chesapeake Bay’s strategy to improve water quality?

    6/21/2024 | Bennet Goldstein / Wisconsin Watch

    In the Mississippi River basin, an estimated 60% to 80% of the nitrogen entering the gulf originates at farms and livestock operations.

  • Eau Claire Sustainability Committee Approves Ordinance Proposal

    6/21/2024 | James Kelly

    The Eau Claire Sustainability Advisory Committee has approved some of the new ordinance proposals introduced earlier this week.

  • SSM Health Baraboo Receives Energy Star

    6/21/2024 | Jo Ann Krulatz

    SSM Health St. Clare Hospital – Baraboo has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy efficiency for 2024. This recognition represents the diligent work of the plant operations team to save money and reduce operating costs by implementing and following industry best practices and careful attention to energy performance […]

  • Jacque & Wied attend 8th Congressional District candidate’s forum

    6/21/2024 | Lisa M. Hale

    Republican candidates for the 8th Congressional District participated in a candidate’s forum in Greenleaf last night. The forum featured Republican candidates Wisconsin State Senator Andre’ Jacque and former convenience store owner Tony Wied. Former State Senator Roger Roth was not in attendance.

WAUK - Waukesha - The 'SHA