California Universal Service Contribution Obligations Extended to Interconnected VoIP Providers


On October 9, 2011 the Governor of California signed into law new legislation that requires the California Public Utilities Commission to begin assessing state universal service contributions on Interconnected VoIP providers.  As a result, VoIP providers are now required to contribute to the following California universal service programs:

  • California High-Cost Fund-A Administrative Committee Fund;
  • California High-Cost Fund-B Administrative Committee Fund;
  • Universal Lifeline Telephone Service Trust Administrative Committee Fund;
  • Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program Administrative Committee Fund;
  • California Teleconnect Fund Administrative Committee Fund; and
  • The California Advanced Services Fund.

Clients should contact the attorney assigned to their account with any questions or concerns about ensuring compliance with the new contribution requirements.

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