The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 12, 2013

State PUC approves 911 renewal plan for Union County


The Daily Item

— HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission today reauthorized the telephone charge residents in Union County pay for the local 911 system.

Union County, a seventh-class county, did not request a change to its current contribution rate of $1.50 per telephone line per month.

Union County’s 911 service area has a population of approximately 44,945. The county is served by Windstream Buffalo Valley, Inc.; 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 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.