Chapter 21.04
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION SERVICES

Sections:

21.04.010    Definitions.

21.04.020    Enhanced 911 surcharge.

21.04.030    Enhanced 911 emergency reporting system – Area.

21.04.040    Enhanced emergency reporting systems – Designated.

21.04.010 Definitions.

In this chapter, the following definitions apply:

911 PSAP selective router demarcation point” is the physical point at which the public network of a telecommunications company ends and the private network of the borough’s 911 system begins.

911 service area” or “enhanced 911 service area” means the area within the borough that has been designated to receive enhanced 911 service; the area designated to receive an enhanced 911 system is not a “service area” under Article X, Section 5 of the Alaska Constitution.

Borough” means the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Enhanced 911 equipment” means any equipment dedicated to the operation of, or use in, the establishment, operation or maintenance of an enhanced 911 system, including customer premises equipment, automatic number identification or automatic location identification controllers and display units, printers, recorders, software and other essential communication equipment.

Enhanced 911 system” or “system” means a telephone system consisting of network, database and enhanced 911 equipment that uses the single three-digit number, 911, for reporting a medical, fire, police, or other emergency situation, and which enables the users of a public telephone system to reach a public safety answering point and includes the personnel required to acquire, install, operate and maintain the system.

Local exchange access line” means a telephone line that connects a local exchange service customer to the local exchange telephone company switching office and has the capability of reaching local public safety agencies, but does not include a line used by a carrier to provide interexchange services.

Local exchange service” means the transmission of two-way interactive switched voice communications furnished by a local exchange telephone company within the Fairbanks North Star Borough, including access to enhanced 911 systems.

Local exchange telephone company” means a telephone utility certified by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska to provide local exchange service in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Public safety answering point” means a 24-hour local communications facility that receives 911 service calls and directly dispatches emergency response services or that relays calls to the appropriate public or private safety agency. (Amended during 2016 republication; Ord. 2013-64 § 4, 2013; Ord. 2010-59 § 3, 2011; Ord. 93-057 § 2, 1993. 2004 Code § 8.03.020.)

21.04.020 Enhanced 911 surcharge.

A. A surcharge per local access line is imposed on all local exchange access lines and each wireless telephone number that is billed to an address in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, excluding Eielson Air Force Base, to fund the enhanced 911 system. This surcharge shall be reviewed annually by the assembly to determine whether the level of surcharge is adequate, excessive or insufficient to meet the anticipated enhanced 911 system needs.

B. A local exchange customer may not be subject to more than one 911 surcharge per local exchange access line. A customer that has more than 100 local exchange access lines from a local exchange telephone company in the borough is liable for the 911 surcharge only on 100 local exchange access lines. A wireless telephone customer may not be subject to more than one enhanced 911 surcharge for each wireless number.

C. The local exchange telephone company or wireless telephone company shall include the 911 surcharge, stated separately and included in the total amount owed, in the bills delivered to its customers. A customer is liable for payment of the 911 surcharge until the amounts have been paid to the telephone company.

D. The local exchange telephone company or wireless telephone company shall remit the amounts collected to the borough no later than 60 days after the end of the month in which the amount was collected. From each remittance made in a timely manner under this subsection, the telephone company is entitled to deduct and retain the greater of one percent of the amount collected or $150.00 as the cost of administration for collecting the 911 surcharge.

E. A local exchange telephone company or wireless telephone company is not obligated to take legal action to enforce collection of the 911 surcharge. However, if a telephone company is attempting to collect an unpaid debt from a customer, the telephone company shall also attempt to collect any unpaid 911 surcharge that the customer owes. If a customer pays a portion of a bill that includes a 911 surcharge, the amount paid shall be prorated between the telephone company and the 911 surcharge. The company shall annually provide the borough with a list of the amounts due for the nonpayment of 911 emergency surcharges, together with the names and addresses of those customers who carry a balance for the nonpayment of the 911 emergency surcharges. The local exchange telephone company is not liable for uncollected amounts.

F. The borough may, at its own expense, require an annual audit of a local exchange telephone or wireless telephone company’s books and records concerning collection and remittance of the 911 surcharge.

G. Amounts received by the borough for the 911 surcharge shall be deposited into a separate fund established in accordance with FNSBC 7.04.070(B), which shall be used only for the enhanced 911 system. Appropriations from the fund shall be made in accordance with FNSBC 7.04.030. (Ord. 2014-29 § 2, 2014; Ord. 2013-64 § 2, 2013; Ord. 2010-59 § 2, 2011; Ord. 2006-13 § 2, 2006; Ord. 93-057 § 3, 1993. 2004 Code § 3.60.010.)

21.04.030 Enhanced 911 emergency reporting system – Area.

A. Pursuant to AS 29.35, any local exchange telephone company providing service within the borough shall cooperate in the establishment of an enhanced 911 emergency reporting system.

B. The area served by the enhanced 911 system shall be the entire Fairbanks North Star Borough, excluding Eielson Air Force Base. (Ord. 2014-29 § 3, 2014; Ord. 2013-64 § 3, 2013; Ord. 93-057 § 2, 1993. 2004 Code § 8.03.010.)

21.04.040 Enhanced emergency reporting systems – Designated.

A. The borough may purchase, lease or contract for any enhanced 911 equipment or services required to establish or maintain an enhanced 911 system at public safety answering points from a local exchange telephone company or other qualified vendor of an enhanced 911 system.

B. If the enhanced 911 system is to be provided for an area that is included in more than one telephone company service area, the borough may enter into such agreements as are necessary to establish and operate the system.

C. The borough hereby designates both 911 Cushman Street and 800 William C Leary Lane in Fairbanks as the two 911 PSAP selective router demarcation points solely for the purposes of 911 call delivery by telecommunications carriers. (Ord. 2013-64 § 5, 2013; Ord. 93-057 § 2, 1993. 2004 Code § 8.03.030.)