FCC Report Shows Four States Diverted 911 Funds for Other Purposes

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The FCC has released its fifth annual Report to Congress on state collection and distribution of 911 and Enhanced 911 (E911) fees and charges.  The report provides information on how states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and tribal authorities collected and used 911 and E911 fees and charges during the time period of January 1 to December 31, 2012.  All data in the report is based on states’ and territories’ responses to an FCC questionnaire.  Some of the report’s important findings include:

  • In calendar year 2012, 19 jurisdictions collected 911/E911 fees at the state level, 10 collected fees at the local level, and 22 states collected fees at both the state and local levels.
  • Of those responding, a total of 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico used collected funds exclusively for 911/E911 purposes, and a total of four states (New York, Rhode Island, Illinois, and Kansas) used some portion of collected funds to support other programs or programs not specifically described in state statute or code.

The FCC is requesting public comment on the report, the information provided to the Commission by states and other reporting entities, and the reported expenditure of funds for Next Generation 911 services.  Comments are due on or before February 24, 2014, and reply comments are due March 25, 2014.

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