Starting next week, some North Texas telephone customers who request new phone numbers may be assigned a new area code.

The new 945 area code will be deployed Jan. 15 for the region that presently uses area codes 214, 469 and 972, the Public Utility Commission of Texas announced Jan. 8 in a news release.

A new area code was approved in response to high demand for new telephone numbers in the Greater Dallas area, according to the release. The 945 area code will include surrounding communities in eight counties, including the cities of Frisco, Allen, Blue Ridge, Grand Prairie, Crandall, Rockwall, Royse City, Venus and Waxahachie.

“Whether they’re requesting new service, adding a line, or in some cases, moving their service, customers who would have expected a number beginning with 214, 469 or 972 will be assigned one with the new code,” the release reads.

The 945 area code will function exactly as existing area codes do, the commission said. Call prices, coverage areas, and other rates and services will be unaffected. Local calls will remain local calls. Three-digit dials to reach 911 will function the same, as will dials of 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 or 811 where available.

No telephone numbers with current area codes will change, according to the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

The Public Utility Commission of Texas encourages customers to contact local service providers or visit the commission website for more info.