FCC: 7 States, Territories Divert 9-1-1 Fees in 2011 (1/15/13)
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | Comments

Seven U.S. states and territories used at least a portion of 9-1-1 fees and charges for non-9-1-1 related purposes during 2011, according to a new FCC report. The number of states diverting funds is the same as last year.

Five states, Arizona, Illinois, Maine, Rhode Island and New York, reported that they assigned collected 9-1-1 fees and charges to their state’s general fund. Guam used collected fees for other public safety-related purposes. Georgia reported that it didn’t use funds collected from prepaid phones for 9-1-1 use, but didn’t specify how it used the collected money.

Two states, New Jersey and West Virginia, said they used 9-1-1 fees for other public-safety-related purposes consistent with state funding statutes. The commission didn’t receive responses from the District of Columbia or Louisiana.

The report is the fourth-annual 9-1-1 fee report submitted to Congress as required by the New and Emerging Technologies 911 Improvement Act of 2008 (NET 911 Act).

The FCC also asked for comment on the newly released report and on the specific responses submitted by states and other reporting entities. The commission is especially interested in comments on the collection and distribution of 9-1-1 and enhanced 9-1-1 fees and charges in the non-responding jurisdictions. Comments are due Feb. 13, and reply comments are due March 15.

The FCC’s full 9-1-1 report is available here.

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