Public Service Telephone Company

Government Charges on Bill

Federal Access per FCC

Long distance phone companies use the customer lines of local phone companies to provide long distance service. The SLC (Subscriber Line Charge) compensates the local phone company for costs associated with providing these lines. Various telephone companies list this charge under different names, such “FCC Charge for Network Access”, “Federal Line Cost Charge”, “Interstate Access Charge”, “Federal Access Charge”, “Interstate Single Line Charge”, “Customer Line Charge”, “FCC-Approved Customer Line Charge”, and “End User Fee”. Regardless of the name your telephone company uses, it is the SLC.

Federal Universal Service Charge

The Universal Service Fund is a federal government program that helps bring affordable basic phone service to all Americans. The program also assists schools, libraries, and rural health care providers in obtaining phone service. Some long distance companies add a USF charge onto their bills to cover their support requirements for this program.

Universal Service Fund

This fee pays for a federal program that provides affordable telephone service to low-income consumers, high-cost areas (e.g., rural areas), schools and libraries, and rural health care providers. This charge is also billed under titles such as the “Federal Universal Service Fee,” “Universal Connectivity Charge,” or the “Universal Service Carrier Charge.”

Who put it on your telephone bill: Your telephone company, in order to recover the costs for their contributions to the Universal Service Fund.

Who gets your money: Your telephone company contributes to the Fund based on its interstate revenues. This contribution goes to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), a private, non-profit corporation. The USAC distributes the money to eligible telephone companies which helps pay for costs associated with providing service to eligible consumers. Telephone companies are not required to bill you for this charge, but virtually all of them do.

Federal Access Recovery or ARC

Pursuant to the Federal Communications Commission Order 11-161 entitled "Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Universal Service and Inter Carrier Compensation Reform" passed on November 18, 2011.

The Access Recovery Charge or "ARC" is a gradual, measured, monthly charge adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This multi-year transition fee is just one part of the Inter Carrier Compensation (ICC) Reform.

The Access Recovery Charge is designed to recover increased network costs for access circuits used to provide service to customers. Overall, the ICC Reform is to facilitate a continued investment in the broadband infrastructure.

Enhanced 911 Charge

All telephone lines are charged a monthly 911 fee. It is imposed by the county governments on every line served by the 911 emergency service.