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What is the Universal Service Fund (USF) Fee This Quarter?

Jessica WeissJessica Weiss

Universal Service Fund

Universal Service Fund (USF) Rate

What is the current USF fee rate?

Q3 2017 17.1%
Q2 2017 17.4%
Q1 2017 17.4%
Q4 2016 17.4%
Q3 2016 17.9%

The Universal Service Fund (USF) is a government-administered fund used to support telecommunication services in rural and high cost areas to low income consumers, government facilities such as schools and libraries, and to healthcare facilities across the nation.

All telecommunication companies, including conference calling services, collect the Universal Service Fund Fee at the rate provided by the FCC.

100% of the Universal Service Fund collected by Vast Conference is passed on to the Universal Service Administration Corporation, which is responsible for collecting and disbursing of the USF fees collected.

You will see USF fees as a separate line item on your billing invoice or payment receipt. If you have any questions, please contact us.

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What does the USF Fee do?

How much is the Universal Service Fund Fee?

The amount collected is determined by the FCC and changes on a quarterly basis.

Does the USF fee apply to government and non-profit organizations?

Yes – the USF is not a tax but rather a fee, so it applies to all consumers of conference call and telecommunication services.

Do you profit from the Universal Service Fund?

No. 100% of the Universal Service Fund collected by Vast Conference is passed on to the Universal Service Administration Corporation, which is responsible for collecting and disbursing of the USF fees collected.

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Jess is Vast Conference's Marketing & Communications Manager. Reach out on Twitter @jweiss44.

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