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Pennsylvania House Passes Bill to Hike 9-1-1 Surcharge

May 8, 2015
RE:          Pennsylvania House Passes Bill to Hike 9-1-1 Surcharge

HARRISBURG, PA - Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives Passed House Bill 911 on Monday, forwarding a legislative initiative to raise surcharge fees collected on wireless devices.

Currently, landline surcharges range from $1 to $1.50 monthly, depending on the County and the cellular charge is $1 per month. The bill proposes that the fee increase to $1.65 per month and is to be assessed against wireless devices that are capable of contacting a 9-1-1 center.

The number of cellular devices has grown exponentially in the twenty years that the 9-1-1 fee has been in place. Technology has fast outpaced the funding and local 9-1-1 centers are starved for funding to keep up with the technology explosion.

This new bill will potentially pump millions of dollars in revenue to support the necessary changes.

The Pennsylvania Senate will now take up the measure.

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