The 9-1-1 service
in the Harris County area is funded by a 9-1-1 service fee assessed
on all local exchange access lines in the GHC 9-1-1 territory.
In that area, which contains the participating jurisdictions of
GHC 9-1-1, the Board of Managers sets the fee level each year as
a part of the annual budget. GHC 9-1-1 assesses a flat fee of $.50/line/month
for residential customers, $.80/line/month (up to 100 lines) for
business customers, and $.87/trunk/month.
The fees are invoiced through the telephone bills of customers
by all telephone companies and are then transmitted to GHC 9-1-1
to fund the 9-1-1 system.
A wireless 9-1-1 service fee is also
assessed at $.50 per subscriber number per month. These fees
are transmitted to the State Comptrollers’ Office
monthly and are distributed to 9-1-1 entities based on population.
GHC 9-1-1 is currently participating in a state-wide study to
determine the most appropriate funding mechanism for subscribers
of telephone service through Voice over the Internet Protocol
(VoIP) and other broadband technologies.