Michigan regulators approve 911 surcharges on cell phones

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Cell phone bills are going up in much of Michigan this July.

State regulators on Tuesday approved 911 surcharges in 68 counties. Proposed surcharges in 46 of the counties were lowered before gaining final approval.

The action is the result of a new state law that allows counties to charge 911 fees to cell phone users.

Counties previously could impose a monthly 911 fee only on landline bills, which critics said unfairly shouldered those users with paying for emergency systems while cell phone use drastically increased.

Cell users will pay 911 surcharges ranging from 18 cents to $2.51 per month, depending on where they live.

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