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911 Director Jerry Jordan discusses changes coming in 2015

Dear Editor:

The Tennessee General Assembly passed the 911 Funding Modernization and IP Transition Act of 2014 (“the Act”) on April 25, 2014. The Act, effective January 1, 2015, updates the existing model for funding 911 to account for changes in technology and consumer choice by establishing a single, uniform 911 surcharge rate.
The new uniform rate accounts for advancements in technology needed to provide Tennesseans with prompt and accurate 911 services and it is intended to adequately fund local 911 services in light of the ongoing reduction of landline use across the State. Accordingly, Johnson County residential and business lines, currently charged at $1.50 and $3.00 respectively, will be adjusted to $1.16 per month. The cellular 911 surcharge will also be adjusted from $1.00 to $1.16 per month.
Local Director of JCE-911 “Our highest priority is the public safety to the citizens of Johnson County and Town of Mountain City. 911 dispatchers remain dedicated to ensure the quality of 911 service and response.” Said the 911 Director Jerry Jordan.
The Act also supports the state’s Next Generation 911 program. Next Generation 911 will provide better information and data to first responders, which allows local 911 operators to more quickly assess an emergency and ensure that the necessary equipment and personnel can promptly respond to the scene.
“The 911 Funding Modernization and IP Transition Act of 2014 will provide the resources necessary to ensure that the citizens of Tennessee receive the best 911 service available,” said the Tennessee Emergency Communications Executive Director, Curtis Sutton.
The new uniform rate goes into effect January 1, 2015. Customers will likely notice a change reflecting the new rate on their January telephone and cellular phone bills.

Johnson County Emergency Communications E-911
Director Jerry Jordan