PA’s 911 Fee Increase Marches Closer to Governor’s Desk

Pennsylvania senators lauded one another Tuesday as they passed a bill updating the 911 emergency communications law, but they sidestepped a key detail. They’re raising your phone bill to pay for it. The legislation—the aptly named House Bill 911—raises the surcharge that funds county 911 call centers across the state to a uniform $1.65 per month. Everyone will pay more, whether they have a landline, wireless, Voice over Internet Protocol or prepaid wireless services. Pennsylvania already has a relatively high surcharge.