FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly today criticized Guam for diverting 911 funds for other purposes. In a letter to Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo (R.), Mr. O’Rielly complained that he has not responded to a letter that Mr. O’Rielly sent in February asking why Guam did not respond to the FCC’s most recent effort to gather data about 911 deployment, including diversions of 911 fees and surcharges (TR Daily, Feb. 20). In today’s letter, he also cited the apparent transfer of nearly $4 million from Guam’s 911 fund between 2014 and 2017.
“The citizens of Guam rely on the 9-1-1 system to work in their most dire times of need,” the Commissioner said. “It is beyond disappointing to learn that your territory has made a habit of diverting these funds for other purposes. Therefore, I respectfully request that you cease such diversionary practices at once, and work with the Commission to deliver on the promises of NextGen 911 for the residents of Guam.”