The FCC has released the seventh annual report on the collection and distribution of 911 and Enhanced 911 (E911) fees and charges by the states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and tribal authorities, covering the period of January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. All data in the report are based on information submitted by 48 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Navajo Nation, and three Bureau of Indian Affairs offices. Key findings in the report include the following:
- In calendar year 2014, states and other reporting jurisdictions collected 911/E911 fees or charges totaling $2.5 billion.
- A total of 14 states reported collecting 911/E911 fees at the state level, nine reported collecting fees at the local level, and 24 states collected fees at both the state and local level.
- Eight states reported diverting or transferring 911/E911 fees for purposes other than 911/E911 – five states (California, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia) used a portion of their 911/E911 funds to support other public safety or emergency response-related programs, while three states (Illinois, New York, and Rhode Island) diverted a portion of their 911/E911 funds for either non-public safety, or unspecified, uses.
The FCC has requested public comment on the report and the information provided by states and other reporting entities. Comments are due on or before February 8, 2016, and reply comments are due March 9, 2016.