USF Rate 4Q 2015: 16.7%
USF Rate 3Q 2015: 17.1%
On June 30, 2008, the Federal Communications Commission issued a ruling stating that audio conferencing fell subject to the same rules and regulations as telecommunications as it applies to the assessment fees for the Universal Service Fund (USF).
The FCC ruling applies to all conferencing services providers in the United States.
The USF is a government administered fund to support the provision of telecommunications services in rural and high cost areas, low income consumers and to schools, libraries and healthcare facilities nationwide. All telecommunications providers contribute to the USF on an equal basis. The contribution factor changes quarterly and the current USF rate is listed above. In addition to USF, a few other federal fees, state USF fees and state and local taxes apply to telecommunications services.
Any on-demand reservationless or operated-assisted audio conference call conducted on or after October 1, 2008, from or to the United States is subject to USF fees. Included are all associated audio conferencing feature usage and applicable service fees. AT Conference invoices for October 2008 and after will have a separate line item for USF fees.
Quarterly USF rates since its inception.
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