The University of Pennsylvania's Online Computing Magazine

November 1994 - Volume 11:3

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PennNet Passport PDF

If you're looking for a general introduction to the Internet, the best place to start is with Penn's own PennNet Passport. This guide to networking at Penn, available from Wharton Reprographics and the Book Store ($4.00) is now also available online as an Adobe Acrobat PDF (portable document format) file. The PDF version of the Passport can be downloaded from using FTP software or viewed online from using a Web browser configured to launch Acrobat Reader software when PDF files are selected. For more information about Acrobat, see PennInfo (keyword "acrobat").

Area code 610 update

Although Bell Atlantic announced a year's grace period for using the new 610 area code activated last January, its use has been required for calls from University phones since October 29.

The new area code serves users in Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Berks, and Northampton Counties, and portions of Montgomery, Bucks, Monroe, Carbon, and Lancaster Counties. The 328 specific exchanges that require the new code are listed on page 5 of the new 1994-95 Penn phone directory.

The supply of seven-digit phone numbers in the 215 area code is nearly exhausted, with heavy customer demand for numbers to use for products and services such as fax machines, cellular phones, pagers, and computers.

Calls between the 215 and 610 areas will require 11 digit dialing (1+area code+7 digits). The new area code does not increase the cost of calls or change the local calling area.

If you are currently using automatic dialing for modems, fax machines, cellular phones, security and alarm systems, pagers, or on your office telephone, you will need to reprogram numbers that are in the new area code.

For assistance with campus phones or any questions about the new area code contact the Office of Telecommunications at 898-4840.