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Arkansas may increase 911 cellphone fees


August 10, 2018

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas counties are pushing to increase the fee on cellphones to help fund 911 emergency response services.

Counties hope to at least double the fee to 65 cents per month, The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported .

Arkansas 911 centers receive more than 2.3 million calls a year, and 90 percent of them are made by cellphone, according to emergency experts. The current fee structure was created to be supported by charges to landline users and hasn't covered costs for years.

"The system today is a legacy of the landline telephone system of the 1970s," said Renee...

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