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Tracfone might have to pay up for 911 fees

Are you among the growing number of prepaid customers who is charged a 911 fee when buying a top-up card? More and more states are passing laws that attempt to levy on prepaid users the same 911 fees that postpaid users pay monthly. There are some obstacles, the biggest one being the inability to charge such a fee for online purchases. A recent ruling in Kentucky might change all that. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn ruled that Tracfone owes the State of Kentucky $4.7 million in 911 fees dating from 2003. Tracfone asserts that it has not paid Kentucky said 911 fees, because they do not apply to prepaid users. This issue is certainly not closed, however. Expect Tracfone to take counter action shortly.
Via JC Online.

3 Responses

  1. Sugerdad Says

    Darn right Tracfone should stick to their guns! All this 911 fees to be paid by customers at point of sale, has been a very recent thing, with different states only passing that regulation in the past three months or so – why now suddenly should a judge in Kentucky predate all these regulations? Bet ya there’s a firm of attorneys sporting big smiles.

    Posted on September 9th, 2011 at 8:23 pm
  2. Sal W Says

    Hmmm…I can think of a few obstacles. I have no issues with paying the fees-tis only right that anyone likely to use the service, should pay for it. Not sure how it will all work, but does that mean that if I run out of minutes before the month is up, and buy a second minute card, I will have to pay again, within the same month? Also, Tracfone was so affordable for low usage, I put my whole family on them- the kids, myself, even my parents use their SVC offering for seniors. So when I go out to buy minutes for them all, am I charged on each card? How does this work with contract users’ family plans-are they charged 1ce per billing, or for each line on their bill?
    As for the court ruling, I would imagine there will be other prepaid providers who have also not paid this fee-much money still to exchange hands! It seems a bit unfair to date things back so far if there are no clear rules defined!

    Posted on September 10th, 2011 at 9:36 am
  3. Fry Says

    Go Tracfone, don’t let those A–holes pull a stunt like that. As for YOU SAL W, ur prolly one of those who donates to ur local FD and PD when OUR property taxes pay for your local FD & PD, this INCLUDES the 911 service, plu EVERY COUNTY in every state gets FEDERAL FUNDING every year. So why should ANYONE pay a 911 service fee. Oh and don’t forget, when an Officer is dispatched to murder,robbery,breakin,attack,etc.. or the Fire dept comes to a home or business for an emergency, why should we get a BILL from the FD & PD when they are already getting money from property taxes and Fed Funding. Now do you think that’s fair? Especially since 80% of firemen are VOLUNTEERS, ie THEY DO NOT GET PAID!

    Posted on February 20th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

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