The Commission’s Office of Managing Director (“OMD”) released a Public Notice announcing that the proposed universal service contribution factor for the first quarter of 2018 will be 0.195 or 19.5%. Last quarter, the contribution factor was 0.188 or 18.8%.
The rate is calculated based on the ratio of total projected quarterly costs of universal service support mechanisms to contributors’ total projected collected end-user interstate and international telecommunications revenues, net of projected contributions. For the first quarter of 2018, the projected revenue requirement ( or “costs”) of universal service support is $2.081480 billion and the projected industry revenue is $12.871991 billion. The quarterly contribution base is then adjusted to $10.682606 billion. If the Commission fails to act within 14 days following the release of the Public Notice, then the calculation is deemed to be approved.
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