September 30, 2008 - A recent ruling by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) stated that telecom service providers must now track all revenue.

In order to comply, AccuConference must file forms with the USAC and pay fees assessed by the FCC on all telecom revenue.

How will I be affected?
Any call in the United States will be subject to this fee.
Will I be charged these fees for web conferences?
No, these fees mandated by the FCC apply only to audio conferencing.
Will AccuConference competitors be charging these fees as well?
Yes. The FCC order states that all telecommunication providers, including conferencing, must comply and has given the USAC permission to make sure companies are in compliance.
Do non-profit organizations have to pay these fees as well?
Yes, this fee is mandated for all telecommunication services. Non-profit organizations are not exempt from this fee.
Do these fees apply to cell and/or VOIP phones?
Yes. The USF fee applies to all telecommunications regardless of the type of device used.
Does this apply to international conference calls?
USF fees are based on end-user revenue.
How much are the fees?
• Currently the fee averages around 11%. For a detailed listing of the current and actual rates, please visit: http://www.fcc.gov/omd/contribution-factor.html.
Are other telecommunications companies charging these fees?
Yes. The FCC ruling states that all telecom providers must assess USF fees.
Will these fees be credited back if I ever receive call credit?
Yes. If you ever require a conference call credit, applicable fees on what is being credited back will be included.
What is the USF and what part of government regulates it?
USF stands for "Universal Service Fund". The FCC regulates the fee and the collected funds are filtered through the USAC to provide phone service for rural areas and help to filter internet access into schools and libraries.
What is the USAC?

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) is a not-for-profit corporation that administers the Universal Service Fund (USF), which is mandated by the Federal Communications Commission. The USAC assists in providing telecommunication services to low income communities, rural health care providers, schools and libraries. They also ensure that high cost services are available in urban areas.

http://www.usac.org/default.aspx

What was the order?

"On June 30, 2008, the Commission released the InterCall Order, in which the Commission determined that InterCall, Inc. (InterCall) and all similarly situated audio bridging service providers are required to contribute directly to the universal service fund (USF).As part of the InterCall Order, the Commission also directed the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to conduct outreach to both stand-alone audio bridging providers and integrated teleconferencing service providers to ensure that such providers properly contribute directly to the USF based on their interstate and international end user revenues derived from providing audio bridging services."

The FCC Public Notice is available here.

When will these fees begin to be assessed?
FCC rulings require fees to begin being assessed from AccuConference on October 1, 2008. These fees will appear on billing statements for all conferences initiated after October 1, 2008. Most clients will see the fee on their invoices after October 1, 2008.

The FCC can be contacted at:

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
http://www.fcc.gov

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