Cell phone users in West Virginia may soon pay the highest
wireless 9-1-1 service fees in the country, if a bill before the governor is
Under HB 3208, users would pay $3 a month for the emergency
service on each cell phone, which would be more than double the current $1.48.
According to a study by the Cellular Telecommunications and
Internet Association, the increase would make it the highest charge for 9-1-1
services in the country. Some states, including California and Hawaii, however,
charge as a percentage of the total bill.
The bill also redistributes 911 funding between West
Virginia’s 55 counties, the Charleston Daily Mail reported. Instead of
basing it upon the number of land-line telephones in the county like the
current fee does, all counties will receive an equal 0.85 percent of the
An additional $1 million from the increase will be used to
build cell towers, many of which will benefit rural areas, the Daily Mail reported.