New, Uniform 911 Surcharge Will Help Tennessee Provide Fast, Accurate 911 Service

NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s new, uniform 911 surcharge took effect January 1, 2015, updating the state’s longtime model for funding 911 operations and providing for changes in technology and consumer choice.

On April 25, 2014, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the 911 Funding Modernization and IP Transition Act of 2014 which established a single $1.16 charge per month for residential and business lines in Tennessee.  In some cases, customers’ rates increased while others saw their rates decrease. The cellular 911 surcharge was adjusted from $1.00 to $1.16 per month.

The new uniform rate will help cover the costs of necessary technological upgrades needed to provide Tennesseans with prompt and accurate 911 services while adequately funding local 911 services in light of the ongoing reduction of landline use across Tennessee.

“The 911 Funding Modernization and IP Transition Act of 2014 will provide the resources necessary to ensure that the citizens of Tennessee receive the best 911 service available,” said Tennessee Emergency Communications Executive Director Curtis Sutton.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.