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What is the Universal Service Fee (USF)?

    The Universal Service Fee (USF) is a charge used to recover the costs of our mandatory contributions to the Federal Universal Service Fund (FUSF).

    The FUSF is a U.S. government-administered program intended to help subsidize telecommunications and broadband services for those living in rural and high-cost areas and for low-income consumers, schools, libraries and healthcare facilities. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires companies who offer telecommunications services to contribute a percentage of their interstate and international revenues to the FUSF. We are permitted to recover the cost of our contributions to the FUSF from our customers. FUSF contribution rates are set by the FCC on a quarterly basis and are subject to change. Therefore, the FUSF amounts collected on your invoice may also be subject to change.