What are USF Fees?

Universal Service Fund (USF) fees are imposed by the FCC on telecommunications companies, and intended to ensure that everyone in the U.S. has access to telephone services. USF fees change quarterly and can be found on the FCC website.

The proposed USF fee for Q1 2018 is 19.5%.

Who pays USF Fees?

All telephone service companies, including landline, wireless, and VoIP providers, are required to pay USF fees.

How are USF Fees calculated?

The FCC calculates USF fees as a percentage (aka Contribution Factor) based on the needs of the Universal Service Programs. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) is responsible for collecting information and fees from phone companies and reporting back to the FCC. The USAC is the appointed administrator, while the FCC determines policies and fees.

Historial USF Fee Schedule
Year Quarter Rate
2018 1Q 19.5%
2017 1Q 16.7%
2Q 17.4%
3Q 17.1%
4Q 18.8%

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