Officials Want To Increase E-911 Fee


By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV/KTWT-TV) Since the 1980's, phone users have paid a one dollar monthly fee, known as e-911, to help fund the cost of emergency 911 service and now the Idaho statewide interoperability executive council wants to increase the fee.

Idahoans could be seeing an increase on their home phone and cell phone bills.

All to improve the Idaho emergency 911 system and enhance radio networks for public safety officials.

"I think they should use the money elsewhere for law enforcement rather than add more fees to our cell phones” said Lori Michals, opposed to the fee increase,

"I don't think they should raise it, I pay on my regular phone and the cell phone and I feel like its high enough” said Mary Fields, opposed to the fee increase.

The emergency 911 fee hasn't been increased since it was created in 1986.

Officials are hoping for a 75-cent boost...totaling a dollar-75 monthly fee.

25-cents would go to the county you live in for communication upgrades and 50-cents would go to the state for a radio network upgrade.

"If they're going to increase it to improve the system I would be all for it. There is a lot of need out there for 911 calls and if they're slow getting to an emergency they need to upgrade the system” said Lindy Abshire, agrees with fee increase.

Regional law enforcement agencies are faced with maintenance fees that total in the thousands from software updates to maintaining radio systems.

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