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    OKARCHE, Okla. (AP) - A new law that goes into effect next month
    will require Oklahoma communities like Okarche and others across
    the nation to provide 911 service.
    Residents of the Canadian County town are among the last in the
    state to be without the emergency call service, which has been used
    in other states since the late 1960s.
    The Association of Central Oklahoma Governments is coordinating
    911 service for the western part of the county after area residents
    approved a fee to fund it.
    "There were in excess of 150 numbers in central Oklahoma you'd
    have to remember for police, fire or EMS (emergency medical
    services)," said Stephen Willoughby, 911 coordinator for the
    association. "Now you have to remember one."
    The new federal law, which goes into effect on Sept. 11,
    requires someone to answer a 911 call no matter where a person
    calls from, said Trish Weedn, Oklahoma Association of Regional
    Councils executive director.
    Technological limits kept western Canadian County from having
    911 service, but the eastern part of the county has had the service
    for 14 years.
    In 1988, residents in eastern Canadian County agreed to pay 3
    percent of their basic telephone costs to fund the system.
    Residents in the western part of the county approved a 5 percent
    cost March 14, 2000.
    Geary, Union City and Okarche don't have 911 service, while
    Calumet was added to the service last week. Workers are providing
    physical addresses for homes that originally were identified by
    rural routes.
    The cost for western Canadian County's first year of 911 service
    is about $88,000, Willoughby said. That doesn't include the
    answering equipment already purchased, which cost more than
    Customers will pay about 70 cents per month for each telephone
    Other Oklahoma communities without 911 service include Purcell
    in McClain County, and Chattanooga and Edgewater Park in Comanche
    Comanche county residents passed a tax in 1994 to fund the
    service for Chattanooga and Edgewater Park, but residents there are
    still without the service. It was supposed to go online in January.
    Kingfisher added 911 service in January.
    Exactly how many Oklahoma communities are without 911 service is
    unknown. Oklahoma Department of Public Safety officials say they
    are working on a database of communities without 911, but won't
    have figures until the end of August.
    "There are still a lot of rural areas that don't have 911
    service," Weedn said.
    About 6 percent of the United States does not have 911 service,
    according to a report by the National Emergency Number Association.
    The areas not covered - about 231 counties - lack the money to
    fund 911 service.

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    That is truly pathetic... There should be 0% of the country that doesn't have 911. This is one of those situations where the citizens don't know what's for their own good and a tax hike should be mandatory and up for debate or voting.... Unfortunately that's not how it's done...

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