3rd Report to Congress On State 911 Fees and Charges
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FCC RELEASES THIRD ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS ON STATE
COLLECTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF 911 AND ENHANCED 911 FEES
Public Safety Bureau Also Issues Public Notice to Collect Additional Information
on State Use of 911/E911 Fees
Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission today released its third annual report
regarding states that have diverted any portion of the 911 fees they collect for purposes other than 911
programs. The Report to Congress on State Collection and Distribution of 911 and Enhanced 911 Fees
and Charges was submitted to Congress on November 1, 2011. The Commission submits this report
annually pursuant to the New and Emerging Technologies 911 Improvement Act of 2008 (NET 911 Act).
The information contained in the report is based on information provided to the Commission by states and
U.S. territories regarding their collection and expenditure of fees or charges to support 911 or Enhanced
911 (E911) services.
This year's report identifies seven states that, in part, used some portion of 911 fees for non-911 purposes
in 2010. This represents a decline in the number of states that reported diverting 911 fees for non-911
purposes in previous years: the Commission’s first annual report in 2009 identified 12 states that had
diverted 911 funds, while the second annual report in 2010 identified 13 states that had diverted funds.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, “The good news this year is that the number of states diverting
9-1-1 funds to purposes other than public safety is going down. As we move towards a next-generation 9-
1-1 system, the FCC is today seeking input on how to most effectively use 9-1-1 fees to enable the
transition to sending text, video and photos to 9-1-1, and on recommendations to Congress to ensure that
its laws have real teeth.”
Specifically, Arizona, Illinois, Oregon and Rhode Island diverted 911 fees to their state’s general fund.
Virginia and West Virginia used the diverted fees for other public safety-related purposes. South Dakota
could not provide expenditure information at this time.
In conjunction with release of this year’s report, the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau issued
a Public Notice proposing to collect more detailed information from states and U.S. territories regarding
their collection and use of 911 fees, including whether such fees are or can be used to support Next
Generation 911 (NG911) initiatives. The Public Notice also seeks comment on whether the FCC should
recommend potential legislative changes to Congress that would provide greater accountability in the
collection and expenditure of 911 funds.
Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Chief, James Arden Barnett, Jr., Rear Admiral (Ret.) said,
“We are pleased that this year’s report indicates that a smaller number of states are diverting 911 funds
than in previous years. However, fee diversion remains a concern, and we are committed to improving
our information collection and reporting to ensure transparency and accountability in 911 fee collections
and expenditures as Congress intended.”
To learn more about this year’s report, visit www.fcc.gov or follow us on Twitter @FCC.
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