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34A.2 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

1. "Access line" means a local exchange access line that has the ability to access local dial tone and reach a local public safety agency.

2. "Administrator" means the administrator of the division of emergency management of the department of public defense.

3. "Division" means the division of emergency management, department of public defense.

4. "Enhanced 911" or "E911" means a service which provides the user of a public telephone system the ability to reach a public safety answering point by dialing the digits 911, and which has the following additional features:

a. Routes an incoming 911 call to the appropriate public safety answering point selected from the public safety answering points operating in a 911 service area.

b. Automatically displays the name, address, and telephone number of an incoming 911 call and public safety agency servicing the address on a video monitor at the appropriate public safety answering point.

5. "Enhanced 911 service area" means the geographic area to be serviced, or currently serviced under an enhanced 911 service plan, provided that an enhanced 911 service area must at minimum encompass one entire county. The enhanced 911 service area may encompass more than one county, and need not be restricted to county boundaries.

6. "Enhanced 911 service plan" means a plan that includes the following information:

a. A description of the enhanced 911 service area.

b. A list of all public and private safety agencies within the enhanced 911 service area.

c. The number of public safety answering points within the enhanced 911 service area.

d. Identification of the agency responsible for management and supervision of the enhanced 911 emergency telephone communication system.

e. A statement of estimated costs to be incurred by the joint E911 service board, including separate estimates of the following:

(1) Nonrecurring costs, including, but not limited to, public safety answering points, network equipment, software, database, addressing, initial training, and other capital and start-up expenditures, including the purchase or lease of subscriber names, addresses, and telephone information from the local exchange service provider.

(2) Recurring costs, including, but not limited to, network access fees and other telephone charges, software, equipment, and database management, and maintenance, including the purchase or lease of subscriber names, addresses, and telephone information from the local exchange service provider. Recurring costs shall not include personnel costs for a public safety answering point.

Funds deposited in an E911 service fund shall be appropriated and used for the payment of costs which are limited to nonrecurring and recurring costs directly attributable to the provision of 911 emergency telephone communication service and may include costs for portable and vehicle radios, communication towers and associated equipment, and other radios and equipment permanently located at the public safety answering point. Costs do not include expenditures for any other purpose, and specifically exclude costs attributable to other emergency services or expenditures for buildings or personnel, except for the costs of personnel for database management and personnel directly associated with addressing.

f. Current equipment operated by affected providers, and central office equipment and technology upgrades necessary for the provider to implement enhanced 911 service within the enhanced 911 service area on or before July 1, 1992.

g. A schedule for implementation of the plan throughout the E911 service area. The schedule may provide for phased implementation. However, a joint 911 service board may decide not to implement E911 service.

h. The number of telephone access lines in the enhanced 911 service area.

i. The total property valuation in the enhanced 911 service area.

7. "Enhanced 911 service surcharge" is a charge set by the E911 service area operating authority and assessed on each access line which physically terminates within the E911 service area.

8. "Local exchange service provider" means a person engaged in providing telecommunications service between points within an exchange.

9. "Provider" means a person who provides, or offers to provide, E911 equipment, installation, maintenance, or exchange access services within the enhanced 911 service area.

10. "Public or private safety agency" means a unit of state or local government, a special purpose district, or a private firm which provides or has the authority to provide fire fighting, police, ambulance, or emergency medical services.

11. "Public safety answering point" means a twenty-four hour local jurisdiction communications facility which receives enhanced 911 service calls and directly dispatches emergency response services or relays calls to the appropriate public or private safety agency.

Section History: Recent form

88 Acts, ch 1177, §2 ~IC89, § 477B.2 ~I92 Acts, ch 1139, § 34 ~IC93, § 34A.2 ~I93 Acts, ch 125, § 1; 94 Acts, ch 1199, §45

Internal References

Referred to in § 34A.7

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