NFIB Victories in Michigan!
Small businesses have dodged a little known rule that would
have required many of them to replace their phone systems by the end of 2016. NFIB
supported legislation has extended the rule deadline from December 31 of 2016
to the end of 2019.
The Public Service Commission rule required any business with
more than 7000 square feet of space and a multi-line phone system to scrap
their phones and buy a new system in order to comply with “Enhanced 911”
The original rule was written to apply to larger businesses
with more than 40,000 square feet, but during the rules promulgation process
the square footage threshold was lowered to 7,000 square feet.
The rules also stated that businesses in violation of the
act after December 31, 2016 may be assessed a fine by the commission from
$500.00 to $5,000.00 per offense.
Although the deadline has been extended, NFIB will continue
to work to change this rule to reflect the concerns and costs to small
business before the new deadline.
For more about this issue go HERE.