For the Cumberland Times-News
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has reauthorized a telephone charge residents in Bedford County pay for their local 911 system.
The county did not request a change to its current contribution rate of $1.50 per telephone line per month. Bedford County’s 911 service area has a population of approximately 49,760. The county is served by Verizon Pennsylvania Inc., CenturyLink, Frontier Communications of Breezewood Inc. and various competitive local exchange carriers.
The Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act of 1990 provides for a statewide 911 emergency communication system to be administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The law allows counties to recover the cost for 911 systems by assessing a fee on every telephone line.
Local phone companies collect the fee for the counties.