FCC Commissioner Updates State Action on 9-1-1 Fee Diversion
Monday, June 11, 2018 | Comments

FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly posted a blog with updates on the states that diverted 9-1-1 fees to other functions or failed to submit paperwork to the FCC on their 9-1-1 funds.

Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Illinois and Puerto Rico responded positively to the commissioner’s calls to fix the issue. Corrective legislation with bipartisan support was submitted in the Rhode Island legislature. Illinois said no diversion occurred in 2016 or 2017; a previous typo was corrected. Oklahoma submitted a letter saying it has not diverted funds, and Puerto Rico has committed to rectifying the issue by its 2018 report.

New Jersey held hearings to consider changes to the state constitution to end forced 9-1-1 fee diversion to the general fund. Other states and territories — New Mexico, West Virginia, New York, Missouri, Montana, Guam and Northern Mariana Islands — have either not responded to FCC letters or taken no action to reverse the 9-1-1 fee diversions.

“In reality, the effort to end 9-1-1 fee diversion has had mixed results,” O’Rielly said. “Of the five self-reported diverting states and seven states and territories that did not respond to the commission’s inquiry (for a total of 12), two states remedied filing errors to clarify that they are not diverters, one state and one territory are in the process (one with firm commitments) of ending diversion within their borders, one state started exploring ways to stop the practice, and seven states and territories have not yet made progress on either providing the commission with their state data or ending the despicable practice of stealing 9-1-1 fees for their own personal spending.”

The chart and blog are here.

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