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2:53 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

With Landline Phones in Decline, Officials Seek New 9-1-1 Funding Streams

As the administrators of local 9-1-1 services hold their annual conference in Frankfort this week, a state lawmaker says they‘re facing a funding crisis.

9-1-1 services in Kentucky are supported mostly through a fee on landline phones, but Sen. Tom Buford says that is no longer a stable source of revenue.

"We are growing in a terrible situation of how to fund these 9-1-1 services, as land-based phones are disappearing," Buford told lawmakers this week.

Buford says local officials will be appealing to lawmakers for solutions to the problem. According to Kentucky’s Commercial Mobile Radio Board, there were 2.3 million landline phones in the commonwealth in 2001. That number is now about 1.6 million.

The number of cell phones has jumped from 1.2 million to 3.6 million during the same period.