6 States Divert 9-1-1 Fees During 2016
Thursday, February 08, 2018 | Comments

Six states — New Jersey, West Virginia, Illinois, New Mexico, Rhode Island and New York — diverted 9-1-1 fees for purposes other than 9-1-1 during 2016. The total amount of 9-1-1 funds diverted was nearly $129 million or about 5 percent of the total 9-1-1 fees collected.

The data is part of a new FCC report to Congress that collected data from 46 states, the District of Columbia (D.C.), American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

D.C. and 38 states reported engaging in next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) programs in 2016. The total amount of NG 9-1-1 expenditures from 9-1-1 fees in that year was $205.5 million or about 7.4 percent of total 9-1-1 fees collected. Thirteen states have deployed statewide Emergency Services IP Networks (ESInets).

Collectively, 811 public-safety answering points (PSAPs) had text-to-9-1-1 capabilities as of the end of 2016. Another 1,026 PSAPs were expected to be capable by the end of 2017 for a total of 1,837 text-capable PSAPs.

The majority of states — 34 states — spent no 9-1-1 funds in 2016 on 9-1-1-related cybersecurity programs for PSAPs.

In 2015, eight states and Puerto Rico diverted a portion of collected 9-1-1 fees for non-9-1-1-related purposes.

The FCC submits the 9-1-1 fee report to Congress annually as part of the New and Emerging Technologies 911 Improvement Act of 2008. The commission is seeking comments on the report. Comments are due March 9, and reply comments are due March 26.

The 2016 report and past reports are here. The public notice on the latest report is here.

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