HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today reauthorized the telephone charge residents in Delaware County pay for their local 911 system.
Delaware County, a second-class county, did not request a change to its current contribution rate of $1 per telephone line per month. The county’s 911 service area has a population of approximately 558,979. The county is served by Verizon Pennsylvania LLC, Verizon North LLC, Commonwealth Telephone Co. d/b/a Frontier Communications Commonwealth Telephone Co., Windstream Pennsylvania LLC, and various competitive local exchange carriers (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 PUC reviews the contributions 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.
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Docket No. M-2014-2453706