FCC to Launch 811 as National "Call Before You Dig" Number

Staff | September 28, 2010

The countdown is on with five weeks to go until the new 811 is launched to the public.

811 is the new FCC-designated national N-11 number created to eliminate confusion of multiple "Call Before You Dig" numbers across the country. Beginning May 1, the service will connect callers with local One Call Centers who notify the appropriate local utilities, who then send crews to the requested site to mark the approximate location of underground lines.

"With more than 680,000 incidents each year causing lost revenue to the utility industry and more importantly, injury to the professional excavating community and homeowners, spreading the word about 811 is more important than ever," said Common Ground Alliance President Bob Kipp.