Bill would impose fee of 93 cents on prepaid phones for 911
People who purchase prepaid cellphones would pay an extra fee of 93 cents to support local 911 systems under a bill that has cleared the Kentucky House of Representatives.
Local governments operate emergency 911 services. They pay for them with money collected from a fee on phone services, including landlines and cellphones. Cellphone customers with two-year contracts pay a fee of 70 cents per month. But people who purchase prepaid phones pay less.
A bill that cleared the House would impose a flat fee of 93 cents on prepaid customers. The higher fee accounts for the fact that, on average, prepaid customers purchase phone cards nine times a year instead of 12 times.
Retailers oppose the bill, arguing it would cost them too much money. The bill now heads to the state Senate.