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National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators Releases Paper on Optimizing 9-1-1 Surcharge Revenue

Date: 2016-12-12
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The National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators (NASNA) releases a paper outlining the challenges states face in optimizing revenue from the existing telephone surcharge model for funding 9-1-1, and recommending solutions. The paper is intended to be used as a companion to the white paper released in September 2015 entitled, “Four Potential Sustainable Funding Models for NG9-1-1.” You can download the new paper here.

The original paper may also be found using that link. 

“It is important that states make every effort to optimize revenues from the current funding mechanism before attempting to implement a new one,” said Harriet Miller-Brown, NASNA’s president. 


Each state and U.S. Territory has a different statutory and regulatory framework for 9-1-1. These differences have a direct bearing on the extent to which they can ensure that all providers that are supposed to collect and remit the 9-1-1 surcharge actually do so, and that they do so accurately. These differences also have an impact on the state’s ability to enforce laws and rules regarding local government usage of 9-1-1 funds.  

About NASNA – NASNA is the voice of state 9-1-1 programs on public policy issues impacting 9-1-1. NASNA's mission is to promote statewide coordination of 9-1-1 activities in all states, to be an effective advocate for states in national 9-1-1 policy and initiatives, and to promote the development of seamless, nationwide Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1).

- People, Places & Things/ (via NASNA, 12/7/16)



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