cell phone users will pay a surcharge to help cover a federally
mandated program allowing police to track cell-phone calls under
a bill the governor signed last month.
monthly fee, which has not been set yet, will start in 2005 and
be added to cell phone bills until 2008, The Journal Times reported.
Jim Doyle said in a statement the new law would enable emergency
personnel to respond more quickly when someone dials 911 from a
addresses a significant public safety need by encouraging the development
of enhanced 911 service for wireless phones,” Doyle said. “The legislation
will establish ‘public safety answering points’ that will pinpoint
the location of a 911 call that originates from a cell phone.”
emergency calls on landline phones, dispatchers currently do not
have the ability to determine a cell-phone caller’s location, a
task especially difficult on highways.
governments had been waiting for the state to pass the surcharge
before moving ahead with the technology to trace cell phone calls.