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June 5, 2013
To: All Telephone Service Providers - Regulatory and/or Tax Department
SUBJECT: 9-1-1 Service Fee Rate Change
In 2012, the Alabama Legislature altered the method of providing funding for 9-1-1 service in Alabama by completely overhauling the process for collecting consumer fees on voice communication services in Alabama. This law, Public Act 2012-293 (hereinafter referred to as “the Act”), created a 13-member board, including representatives of the Emergency Communication Districts (“ECDs”) and providers of telecommunication services, to among other duties and responsibilities, determine baseline funding for existing ECDs and establish a statewide rate based upon funding needs. For the last several months, this Board has been working in compliance with the requirements of the law that will ultimately lead to a single, statewide service charge on all voice communication service connections in Alabama.
This year's trip to Washington, D.C. was great as always. Alabama was represented well as it is always is. This is our best time to get with our representatives in Washington, D. C. and let them know our concerns for our Alabama 911 system. If you never been, you should really go next year. If you have gone in the past, you know how important it is and hopefully you can keep attending.
NENA honored one of the organization's past presidents, John Ellison, with the prestigious William E. Stanton Award for his continued devotion to and advocacy of public safety and 9-1-1. John was unable to attend the conference, so the Alabama NENA delegation accepted his award by his request with the song "Sweet Home Alabama" playing in the background. We are proud of John and greatly appreciate his dedication to 9-1-1.
Thank you John and Congratulations.
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