Cell Phone Money Not Going To 9-1-1

Millions of dollars which should be going for emergency communications in New York state – like 9-1-1 – are instead being diverted to other uses, the New York Post reports.

The newspaper cites a new report from the Federal Communications Commission, which found that of the $189 million the state collects annually in cellphone fees – one of those annoying charges that gets tacked onto your cellphone bill each month – 42 percent goes into the state’s “general fund.”

All of the money is supposed to be spent on emergency communications, under federal rules.

“This harmful behavior short-changes call centers and prevents necessary upgrades, thereby threatening the public’s safety at their most vulnerable time, or it deceives consumers by…

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