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Sat, Jul 20, 2019 4:38 PM

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Federal Universal Service Charge

My understanding is that the Federal Universal Service Charge is a percentage of my monthly bill.

 

If this is true, then why did the charge increase 83 cents when my monthly bill was identical to last months bill? 

ATTHelp

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3 y前

Hello @pfmedalen,

We understand that you have a question about your USF fee. Don't worry we can point you in the right direction.

Take a look at this thread here that has a solution that will explain what could be happening here with your USF. By clicking on the green tab, that will redirect you to the solution.

Charles, AT&T Community Specialist

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3 y前

This does not answer my question.

 

My question is why did the UFS fee increase when my monthly basic phone bill did not change if the fee is based on a percentage of the bill?

Example: If my phone bill, before all the taxes and fees are applied, is $50 each month and doesn't change, why is the USF fee higher this month than last if the fee is based on a percentage. If this is true the fee should be the same every month.

spoom2

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3 y前

Because the Feds can change the percentage any time they want and they do. 

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2 m前

I have read it is a Federal (FCC) charge on the company, based on revenues, i.e. the company pays it. They can then say they are charging you and make it look like some required federal charge but in actuality it is not!  Here is the FCC info from Contribution Methodology & Administrative Filings | Federal Communications Commission (fcc.gov)

Who Pays for Universal Service?

All telecommunications service providers and certain other providers of telecommunications must contribute to the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) based on a percentage of their interstate and international end-user telecommunications revenues. These companies include wireline phone companies, wireless phone companies, paging service companies and certain Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers.

Some consumers may notice a “Universal Service” line item on their telephone bills. This line item appears when a company chooses to recover its USF contributions directly from its customers by billing them this charge. The FCC does not require this charge to be passed on to customers. Each company makes a business decision about whether and how to assess charges to recover its Universal Service costs. Companies that choose to collect Universal Service fees from their customers cannot collect an amount that exceeds their contribution to the USF. Incumbent ETCs also cannot collect any fees from a Lifeline program participant.

spoom2

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This topic is 3 years old, closing to further posting. Thanks for your input. 

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