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PUC Approves 911 Renewal Plans for Greene, Lycoming and Pike Counties




June 01, 2006

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today reauthorized the telephone charge residents of Greene, Lycoming and Pike counties pay for their local 911 system.

Greene County, a sixth-class county, did not request any change in the current contribution rate of $1.50 per telephone line. Telephone companies provide service for more than 20,125 telephone access lines in the county. Verizon PA Inc., ALLTEL Pennsylvania Inc., West Side Telephone Co., Marianna & Scenery Hill Telephone Co. and various competitive local exchange carriers serve the county.

Lycoming County, a fifth-class county, did not request any change in the current contribution rate of $1.25 per telephone line. Telephone companies provide service for more than 120,040 telephone access lines in the county. Verizon PA Inc., Verizon North Inc., ALLTEL Pennsylvania Inc., Commonwealth Telephone Co., Pennsylvania Telephone Co., Frontier Communications Canton and various competitive local exchange carriers serve the county.

Pike County, a sixth-class county, did not request any change in the current contribution rate of $1.50 per telephone line. Telephone companies provide service for more than 39,000 telephone access lines in the county. Verizon PA Inc., Verizon North Inc., Lackawaxen Telephone Co. and various competitive local exchange carriers serve the county.

The Public Emergency Telephone Act of 1990 provides for a statewide 911 emergency communication system to be administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).  The law allows the counties to recover the cost for 911 systems by accessing a fee on every telephone line.

Local phone companies collect the fee for the counties. The maximum fee that can be collected per telephone line is $1 for first- and second-class counties; $1.25 for third through fifth class counties; and $1.50 for sixth- through eighth-class counties.

The PUC reviews the contribution rates to make sure they do not exceed the allowable amount.  The PUC then forwards a decision to PEMA.  The PUC has 90 days to submit its recommendation to PEMA as to whether a proposed contribution rate should be approved or modified.  The plan and the surcharge are effective from the date of the PUC order for a period of three years.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission ensures safe, reliable and reasonably priced electric, natural gas, water, telephone and transportation service for Pennsylvania consumers, by regulating public utilities and by serving as responsible stewards of competition. For recent news releases, or more information about the PUC, visit our website at www.puc.state.pa.us.

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Greene County - Docket No. M-00930489

Pike County – Docket No. M-00950649

Lycoming County – Docket No. M-00920357



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