SC Wireless E-911 Program

Wireless E911 Fee

S.C. Code of Laws

Pursuant to §23-47-50(F), A monthly 911 charge is levied for each Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) connection with a place of primary use in South Carolina as defined by the Federal Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Act (4 U.S.C. 124C8), to include: (a) the residential street address or the primary business street address of the customer, and (b) within the licensed service area of the home service provider. The amount of the levy must be approved annually by the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office at a level not to exceed the average monthly landline telephone (local exchange access facility) 911 charges paid in South Carolina. The Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office and the committee may calculate the CMRS 911 charge based upon a review of one or more months during the year preceding the calculation of landline telephone (local exchange access facility) charges paid in South Carolina.

Under §23-47-68, a prepaid wireless 911 charge is imposed in the amount equal to the average 911 charges calculated pursuant to §23-47-50(F) (above).  

Fee Calculation:

The calculation of the wireless 911 fee relies upon the cooperation of all 50 local jurisdictions.  Each year, RFA must collect landline information from each jurisdiction for the month of July.  The information must include the number of landline subscribers in each jurisdiction or the amount of landline 911 surcharges collected in each jurisdiction for the month of July.  By collecting this data, RFA can calculate the total number of landline subscribers in South Carolina as well as the total amount of landline 911 surcharges collected in the state.  The amount of the fee is determined by dividing the total amount of fees collected by the total number of subscribers in the state.  The number is calculated out to four decimal places and then rounded down to two decimal places (as to not exceed the average monthly landline telephone 911 charges paid in South Carolina). This number must be approved by RFA and becomes the wireless 911 fee for the upcoming year.

Fee Collection and Disbursement:

Flow chart outlining the collection and disbursement of the wireless 911 fees