• 911 Fee Lawsuit
  • January 4, 2017
  • Last week, a Federal Court in Alabama partially dismissed a complaint filed by the Birmingham Emergency Communications District alleging that a VoIP provider illegally failed to collect and remit mandatory 911 charges. The provider offers both wholesale and retail services and argued that its wholesale services are exempt from the statutory obligation to collect and remit 911 charges under Alabama law. The court agreed. It determined that if it obligated telecommunications wholesalers to collect 911 it could result in a “double fee” for 911 charges imposed by both a retail and wholesale provider.