NASNA White Paper Outlines 4 NG 9-1-1 Funding Models for States
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 | Comments

The National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators (NASNA) released a white paper on four possible approaches that states could implement to ensure adequate and sustainable funding for next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1).

Each state and territory has different statutory and regulatory frameworks for 9-1-1, and some states don’t have a state-level mechanism for 9-1-1- coordination or funding. Differences in governance and funding authority have a direct bearing on the degree to which they can implement measures to ensure that providers collect and remit 9-1-1 fees from subscribers and customers.

The four models include the current model, where the assessment of fixed monthly fees on voice calling services fund 9-1-1. Another model would involve collecting a sales tax for 9-1-1. The third model would attach a fee to health insurance plans. A state universal service fund (USF) is the fourth model outlined in the paper. A USF could be funded with a subscriber-based fee on gross receipts of wireline and wireless retail telecommunications services.

All four models have pros and cons outlined in the 16-page paper. Several rejected funding models are also outlined in the paper.

“Each option has its pros and cons, but as an organization whose members’ day jobs include responsibility for 9-1-1 funding, we believe each option deserves further consideration as part of a long-term sustainable funding mix for 9-1-1,” said Harriet Miller-Brown, NASNA’s president. “We also understand that one or more of these options may not be appropriate in a given state, so each state must determine for itself what is feasible and should not reject an option without doing due diligence.”

The white paper is available here.

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