FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly said in a blog posting today that there have been “mixed results” from efforts to convince states to stop diverting 911 fees for other purposes or to urge them to report to the Commission whether they are or not. He said he has “visited some of the diverting states and wrote to those states and territories that did not respond to the Commission’s request for data. After such time, it seems appropriate to ask: have things improved? In reality, the effort to end 9-1-1 fee diversion has had mixed results.
Of the five self-reported diverting states and seven states and territories that did not respond to the Commission’s inquiry (for a total of twelve), two states remedied filing errors to clarify that they are not diverters, one state and one territory are in the process (one with firm commitments) of ending diversion within their borders, one state started exploring ways to stop the practice, and seven states and territories have not yet made progress on either providing the Commission with their state data or ending the despicable practice of stealing 9-1-1 fees for their own personal spending.”