- Beginning July 1st, US telecommunication costs increased by almost 7%!
- Universal Service Fund (USF) fees have increased to 26.5%, the highest it has ever been.
- Abilita can help you navigate this increase and find ways to save other costs on your bill.
One of the largest and probably the most ignored line item on your telecommunications bill is something called the Universal Service Fund (USF). This is a fund established by the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The purpose is to support the funding of technology projects of schools, libraries, rural health care, etc. in areas that are determined to be “high cost”.
The funding of the USF is paid by the providers and carriers, and the calculation for the contribution is done on a quarterly basis. And, of course, this is passed on to the users. Beginning July 1 that charge went up to 26.5% (up from 19.6% the previous quarter) and is the highest it has ever been. In addition, the FCC is considering adding additional services to the contribution base.
Your phone bill is going to increase! For more information on the USF Contribution Fee, read this article on NoJitter.com.
Although the USF surcharge rate increased and will continue to be a large line item, there may be ways to lower the base line. Now may be the time to do a complete telecommunications review and audit to determine if there are ways to optimize services to lower costs and to review contracts.
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