Surcharges

Surcharges

American Messaging Services surcharges include Federal Universal Service, Regulatory and Network Administrative Charges. They may also include other charges related to our governmental costs. We set these charges; they are not taxes. The amounts and what they pay for may change.


Universal Service Fund Charge

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 requires our Company to support the Federal Universal Service Fund. The Federal Universal Service Fund provides subsidized funding to low income and high cost customers (i.e., the low-population density areas), schools, hospitals, and other public service entities for the purchase of telecommunications services. Beginning April 1, 2003, the Federal Universal Service Charge (FUSC) was listed separately on the customer's bill. All accounts will be accessed a monthly charge. This is a service fund charge rather than a tax; therefore, tax exempt accounts are still required to pay these charges. The rate is based on a quarterly published rate by the FCC and is subject to change.


Regulatory Fee

The Regulatory Chg” listed on your bill is the Regulatory charge that is American Messaging's charge, not the Federal Government's. American Messaging created the charge to help recover costs of regulation. We have designed a single, monthly per-line charge. It is not a tax and customers who have a tax-exempt status are not exempt from this charge. It is billed to all customers and it is permitted by the FCC. This fee is subject to change.


Network Administration Fee

This fee helps American Messaging offset the continually rising costs associated with growing our networks, maintaining fully redundant systems, 24/7, and maintaining overall system integrity. The Network Admin Fee will only be applied to recurring charges, and not applied to one-time items. This is our fee, not a tax and is subject to change.