Press Releases

Uniform 911 Surcharge for Landlines, Cell Phones Takes Effect Statewide

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance; January 21, 2015:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s new, uniform 911 surcharge took effect January 1, 2015, updating the state’s longtime model for funding 911 operations and providing for changes in technology and consumer choice.

On April 25, 2014, the Tennessee General Assembly passed the 911 Funding Modernization and IP Transition Act of 2014 which established a single $1.16 charge per month for residential and business lines in Tennessee.  In some cases, customers’ rates increased while others saw their rates decrease. The cellular 911 surcharge was adjusted from $1.00 to $1.16 per month.

The new uniform rate will help cover the costs of necessary technological upgrades needed to provide Tennesseans with prompt and accurate 911 services while adequately funding local 911 services in light of the ongoing reduction of landline use across Tennessee.

“The 911 Funding Modernization and IP Transition Act of 2014 will provide the resources necessary to ensure that the citizens of Tennessee receive the best 911 service available,” said Tennessee Emergency Communications Executive Director Curtis Sutton.

Additionally, the surcharge supports the state’s Next Generation 911 program. Next Generation 911 will provide better information and data to first responders, which allows local 911 operators to more quickly assess an emergency and ensure that the necessary equipment and personnel can promptly respond to the scene.

The new rate will be reflected on customers’ January telephone and cellular phone bills.

Press Releases

Ramsey Issues Statement on Syria, Obama Tweet

Statement from the office of Tennessee Lt. Gov Ron Ramsey; September 12, 2013:

Lt. Governor Ramsey issued the following statement to media outlets requesting further comment on yesterday’s social media posts seen on Facebook and Twitter.

“Every September 11 since that tragic Tuesday in 2001 has been a day of remembrance. We remember those who died, those who served and those who carry on. But we must also remember those who attacked us and why. The Syrian rebels connections to Al-Qaeda are well-established and well-known. I am proud to stand with leaders like Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Rand Paul against coming to the aid of our enemies, enemies who continue to hate our country from afar as they kill Christians in their own country.”

Links of interest:

Lt. Governor Ramsey’s social media posts