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PHILADELPHIA TELEPHONE CUSTOMERS TO BE ASSESSED FEE FOR 9-1-1 ENHANCED EMERGENCY SYSTEM

 PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 24 ~PRNewswire~ -- Beginning Dec. 1, all city of Philadelphia telephone customers will pay a $1 per line fee for the 9-1-1 Enhanced Emergency System.
 The charge will appear on telephone bills and revenues will be passed on to the city.
 Legislation signed last year empowers counties and some cities to assess telephone subscribers a monthly fee to defray costs of 9-1-1 emergency systems. That same legislation requires local telephone companies like Bell of Pennsylvania to collect the fees and turn them over each month to the city or county.
 Thousands of people have dialed 9-1-1 since it was established in Philadelphia in 1987, and the emergency response saved countless numbers of lives or prevented serious crimes from occurring.
 The charge will be included on a separate line on the telephone bill:
 Public Safety Emergency Telephone Act (9-1-1) Fee: $1.00
 For any questions about the 9-1-1 Enhanced System or about the amount of the 9-1-1 fee, call City Hall Information, 215-686-1776, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
 If outside Philadelphia County and have been billed in error, call the Bell of Pennsylvania WE CAN HELP CENTER, 800-555-5000.
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 ~CONTACT: Sharon Shaffer of Bell of Pennsylvania, 215-466-4540~


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