The additional charges for new customers in your area are shown below, including
explanations of each charge.
The amounts shown below are based on the highest fee/surcharge rates we might assess in your state regardless of account type (consumer or business); your actual fees/surcharges may be lower. In addition to the AT&T charges
described below, you will be billed for mandatory taxes and fees imposed by federal, state, and
local governments on wireless subscribers.
- Federal Universal Service Fund
- State Universal Service Fund
- Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge
- $1.25 - $1.50
- Administrative Fee
- Other AT&T Surcharges
- %4.75+ $0.26
Surcharges and Other Fees
Federal Universal Service Charge
The Federal USF, created by the federal government, is designed to help ensure first-class, affordable telecommunications service for all consumers across the country, especially residents in high cost rural communities and low-income customers. Additionally, the Federal USF provides for discounted telecommunications services for schools, libraries and rural health-care facilities. All telecommunications providers are required to pay into the Federal USF, and their contributions may be recovered from customers.
State Universal Service Charge
Certain states have established state Universal Service Funds. The purpose of these state universal service funds is to ensure affordable telecommunications service for all consumers in the state, especially residents in high-cost rural areas and low-income customers. In certain states, all telecommunications providers are required to pay into these funds, and their contributions may be recovered from customers.
Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge
The Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge is a charge assessed by AT&T associated with payment of government imposed fees and to recover the costs of compliance with government imposed regulatory requirements. It is up to $1.50 per line and may include costs incurred in prior years that are not yet fully recovered. It is not a tax or charge which the government requires AT&T to collect from its customers. This charge is subject to change from time to time as the cost of compliance changes.
Components of the Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge include, but are not limited to: Federal Regulatory Fee, Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS), Wireless Number Portability and Number Pooling, Enhanced 911 (E911), Wireless Tower Mandates Costs, Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) Compliance Costs, Network Outage Reporting Costs, State Commission Annual Reporting Costs (Applies only in IN, KY, LA, NM, OH, SC, SD, VA, VT, WI, WV WY), and Puerto Rico Regulatory Fee (Puerto Rico Only).
The Administrative Fee is a charge assessed by AT&T that helps defray a portion of certain expenses AT&T incurs, including but not limited to: (a) charges AT&T or its agents pay to interconnect with other carriers to deliver calls from AT&T customers to their customers; and (b) charges associated with cell site rents and maintenance. It is not a tax or charge which the government requires AT&T to collect from its customers. This charge is subject to change from time to time as AT&T's costs change.
Other AT&T Surcharges
A percentage based and/or flat fee that AT&T assesses on the customer that allows it to recover its costs with regard to specific government taxes or fees imposed on the Company's gross receipts, sales and/or property. Such fees include, but are not limited to the State Telecommunications Relay Services, gross receipts surcharges, 911 access line charges, DEAF surcharges, local wireless surcharges, state infrastructure and similar surcharges, a property tax surcharge variable up to $1.00 (Puerto Rico only) and other fees imposed for government purposes. For business customers, such fees also include, but are not limited to a Property Tax Allotment surcharge of between $.20 and $.45 (currently $.31) applied with respect to Corporate Responsibility Users per assigned number (excluding Puerto Rico and where otherwise prohibited). These Surcharges are remitted by the Company to the government or used to recover costs already remitted by Company to the government, but are not mandated charges to the customer.
Surcharges and Other Fees are subject to change from time to time, although the Property Tax Allotment surcharge will not change more than once per calendar year.