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Wireless Dealer Magazine CITA 2013 Issue

W D M A r K A n s A s , g e o r g i A A n d M A s s A C h u s e T T s i M p o s e A p e r s u b s C r i b e r f e e o f $ 0 . 6 5 o r $ 0 . 7 5 . Maryland currently imposes an E911 fee on wireless services. But, the fee does not apply to prepaid services. A bill pending before the Maryland state senate proposes to adopt an E911 fee for prepaid wireless services. Thus, while the point of sale model has not been adopted by all jurisdictions, recent history teaches that states continue to shift toward point of sale collection of E911 fees. The trend is a positive development for the prepaid industry as well as states and wireless consumers as it provides for transparent collection of needed funding for E911 systems, while minimizing administrative costs for prepaid wireless service providers. The wireless industry can most likely expect more states to adopt point of sale legislation, moving toward a more uniform E911 fee collection regime. And, even in those jurisdictions that have not embraced the point of sale model, legislators are increasingly adopting prepaid specific collection options in recognition of the difficulties associated with collection from prepaid customers. As a result, prepaid wireless providers may finally get some relief from burdensome compliance with the complex web of state E911 surcharge laws. Jonathan S. Marashlian is the Managing Partner at Marashlian & Donahue, LLC, The CommLaw Group, a Washington, D.C. area law firm specializing in federal and state telecom and technology matters, with a concentration in stored value/prepaid. Jacqueline R. Hankins, an Associate at the firm, assisted in the preparation of this article. Jonathan can be reached at jsm@commlawgroup.com. Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should not act upon the information in this article without seeking professional counsel. 145


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