FCC to Seek Comment on 9-1-1 Fee Diversion
Tuesday, September 08, 2020 | Comments

The FCC plans to release a notice of inquiry for its September meeting seeking comments on the effects of 9-1-1 fee diversion and exploring additional steps the commission or others can take to discourage states from diverting 9-1-1 fees.

Between 2012 and 2018, states have diverted more than $1.275 billion in fees collected for 9-1-1 services to non-9-1-1 purposes.

“This fee diversion threatens public-safety by siphoning away the funds needed to maintain and upgrade 9-1-1 systems,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “But, thanks to the leadership of FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly, this problem has been getting the tough scrutiny it deserves.”

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