An application has been filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to increase the 9-1-1 surcharge from 70 cents to $1 per month. The increase will affect all users of exchange telephone, wireless, wireline and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) telecommunications services within Delta County. If the application is approved by the PUC, the increase will take effect Feb. 21.
The requested surcharge increase is necessary to pay for and maintain the county dispatch center, which serves all law enforcement, fire and ambulance services without imposing user fees. A $500,000 upgrade is anticipated this year, with half the cost being funded by a Department of Local Affairs grant. Comments or objections may be filed with the PUC at http://www.dora.state.co.us/pls/real/CCTS_oWEB.comment.form. Comments may also be mailed to the offices of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 250, Denver, CO 80202.