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PUC Approves 911 Renewal Plan for Delaware County

Published on 2/26/2015

Filed under: Telecommunications

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.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and utilities; ensures safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protects the public interest; educates consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; furthers economic development; and fosters new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner.

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Docket No. M-2014-2453706




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