HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today reauthorized the telephone charge residents in Wayne, McKean and Bucks counties pay for their local 911 system.
Wayne County, a sixth-class county, did not request a change in the current contribution rate of $1.50 per telephone line per month. Wayne County’s 911 service area has a population of 47,722. The county is served by Verizon Pennsylvania Inc., Verizon North Retained Inc., the Hancock Telephone Co., The North-Eastern Pennsylvania Telephone Co., South Canaan Telephone Co., Deposit Telephone Co., and various competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs).
McKean County, a sixth-class county, did not request a change in the current contribution rate of $1.25 per telephone line per month. McKean County’s 911 service area has a population of 45,936. The county is served Verizon Pennsylvania Inc., Armstrong Telephone Co. – North, Frontier Communications – Oswayo River Inc. and various CLECs.
Bucks County, a second-class A county, did not request a change in the current contribution rate of $1.00 per telephone line per month. Bucks County’s 911 service area has a population of about 650,000. The county is served Verizon Pennsylvania Inc., Frontier Communications Commonwealth Telephone Co. and various CLECs.
The Public Safety 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. Under the Act, the maximum fee that can be collected per telephone line per month 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 Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and utilities to ensure safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protect the public interest; educate consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; further economic development; and foster new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner.
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Docket Nos. M-2010-2197842; M-2010-2198946; M-2010-2201359