- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston area is about to get a fourth area code.

A statement from the Public Utility Commission of Texas says 346 will be overlaid on three other area codes for Houston and its closest suburbs in Harris, Fort Bend, Waller, Austin, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Liberty, Chambers, Galveston and Brazoria counties.

Starting July 1, the new area code will be available for telephone numbers assigned to new service. Area codes for existing telephone numbers will remain unchanged, and the 713, 281 and 832 area codes will still be available for new telephone service.

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