This article is a perfect reason why law matters so much to emergency management. In this case, Pennsylvania’s Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act allows for a cost sharing method for financing local 911 systems. The act authorized $1.50 surcharge monthly for land line telephone subscribers and $1.00 surcharge monthly for cell phone. With the move of many telephone service subscribers from land lines to cell phones the fund began to lose money and is to the point that it needs to be reworked completely in order to keep up with the demand and costs associated with keeping 911 systems operational and up to date in the state.
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