As Cell Phone Use Increases, 911 Call Center Funding Decreases

Contributor: Lance Vaught
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Updated: 4/10 7:19 pm
911 call centers across the state are starting to feel the pinch of decreased funding as more Kentuckians switch from land lines to cell phones.

The reason is because cell phone users pay significantly less to use 911 than land line users. The current rate is 70 cents for cell phones compared to $3.50 for traditional home phones.

The 70-cent rate was set in 1998 and hasn't been raised since.

In February, a bill which would have raised the 911 call center price for cell phones was rejected by the House.

Garrard County Judge-Executive John Wilson said his county's call center is having to cut costs and isn't able to purchase new equipment as residents continue to switch to cell phones to communicate.

Tune in to ABC 36 News at 5 and 6pm as we look deeper into this growing funding problem.
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