Newfoundland and Labrador expanding basic 911 phone service provincewide

The Canadian Press
May 20, 2014 09:26 AM

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador will charge wireless and landline telephone service subscribers a fee of less than $1 a month to help expand basic 911 service.

A new non-profit corporation will set up and operate the 911 telephone system with oversight from a board of directors.

About 40 per cent of residents now have basic 911 access on the Northeast Avalon and in Corner Brook, Labrador City and Wabush.

Plans to expand service by the end of this year would allow callers across the province on landlines or with a cellular signal to reach a 911 call centre.

Fees have not been confirmed but will be less than $1 a month for wireless and landline subscribers to pay for the new 911 bureau.

Many remote parts of the province don't have 911 or cellphone coverage and must dial a seven-digit emergency number on landlines.

Provincial funding for existing 911 services would be eliminated under the new system.

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