- The Alabama Legislature passed Act No. 2014-431 amending Sections 11-98-1, 11-98-4.1 and 1-98-5 Ala. Code, 1975, as amended which was signed into law on April 10, 2014. Under Section 11-98-5, as amended, the Board was to establish a maximum number of wireline 911 charges to be imposed on a single subscriber location for bills rendered on or after January 1, 2015.
- In order to make this determination the Board was required to conduct a study to determine what the appropriate maximum number should be in order to adequately fund the 9-1-1 system and to be fair and reasonable to commercial and institutional customers who are affected by the passage of Act No. 2012-293 which removed the cap of 100 exchange access facilities per person, per location to be charged the 911 charge.
- The Board has determined that due to time constraints imposed by Act No. 2014-431, that there could be an immediate danger to public safety if the Board was required to go through the normal notice provisions set forth in Section 41-22-5 Ala. Code, 1975 and that it is in the best interest of the State of Alabama that this emergency rule be promulgated. This emergency rule was adopted at the regular meeting of the Alabama 911 Board on September 17, 2014.
- Unless otherwise defined herein, the definitions and terms set forth in Section 11-98-1 Ala. Code, 1975, as amended and in the Board’s permanent Rules set forth in the Alabama Administrative Code 585-X-3-.01 through 585-X-3-.30, are incorporated by reference herein.
- Notwithstanding the voice communication connections upon which the 911 charge shall be imposed as set forth in Section 11-98-5 Ala.Code, 1975, as amended and in Rule 585-X-4-.01 Administrative Code, no service charge shall be imposed on more than 300 voice communication wireline connections at a single subscriber location for bills rendered on or after January 1, 2015.
- For purposes of this Rule “Single Subscriber Location” shall mean a fixed location of a particular business of a particular business, institution or entity with a unique street address or physically identifiable location.
- This Emergency Rule shall remain in full force and effect until expressly superseded by a permanent rule adopted by the Alabama Statewide 911 Board, or otherwise terminated by law (120 days after adoption), whichever occurs first.