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March 12, 2014

Paying for 911 service

NORMAN — Many of us are dumping landlines in favor of cellular telephones. Attaching a telephone to a person rather than a place makes more money for telephone services, but it also cuts some of the fees that are designated for 911 services.

The state Senate this week approved a bill that would let counties raise the 911 fee charged on some cell phones. The Tulsa World reported that those charges could increase from a minimum of 50 cents up to $2.25 per billing cycle.

It also allows counties to use the money to pay for maintenance and personnel, as well as operations.

Cleveland County’s 911 service is operated through the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments. The issue is one of local control. If counties want to assess a 911 fee on their cellular services, they ought to be able to do so.

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