State and Federal Fees, Taxes, Surcharges
Federal Subscriber Line Charge (SLC) (Access Charge)
A flat monthly charge, established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), assessed directly to customers to help local telephone companies recover some of their costs in constructing and maintaining the local network. The SLC is part of the FCC's campaign to promote competition in the U.S. telecom industry and reflects its intent to make end-user customers more directly responsible for these costs.
Federal Universal Service Charge (FUSC)
The federal government established national programs to support universal telephone service. The federal Universal Service Fund assists with the costs of providing "affordable" services to low-income individuals and to residents in rural, high-cost areas. In addition, Congress has expanded the program to help schools, libraries and rural health care providers obtain advanced services, such as Internet access. All providers of telecommunications services contribute to the support of these programs. The amount of monthly FUSC on your bill depends on the services you order and the number of telephone lines you have.
Federal Excise Tax
A federal tax that applies to all telecommunications services, including, but, not limited to local telephone service. See I.R.S. Publication 510 at www.irs.gov for more details.
NC Telecommunications Tax
North Carolina Sales tax imposed on telecommunications services. NC G.S. 105-164
NC Cable TV Tax
North Carolina Sales tax imposed on video programming services. NC G.S. 105-164
A state/local government fee used to fund emergency 911 services, such as fire and rescue.
Telecommunications Relay Service Surcharge
A state charge used to fund relay centers and special equipment that assist hearing- and speech-impaired persons to communicate over the national telecom network. NC G.S. 62-157