About 7% increase for broadband phone bills
Nothing surprising. The US Federal Communications Commission yesterday voted unanimously to require all broadband telephone service providers that connect to the public-switched telephone network (PSTN, the traditional switch) to contribute to the Universal Service Fund.
“By one VoIP industry estimate, customers could owe as much as $2.12 extra on a $30 monthly bill because of the changes, said Jim Kohlenberger, executive director of the VON Coalition. Traditional wireline users would pay $1.38 on a comparable bill, while wireless users pay an average of $1.21.”
“Those numbers are based on a “safe harbor” contribution rate, established by the FCC’s order, that would require all VoIP providers to calculate what they owe based on the assumption that 64.9 percent of their total revenues represent long-distance calls. The safe harbor option for cell phone providers climbed to 37.1 percent from 28.5 percent under the FCC’s order, but it remains far lower than the VoIP share.”
Jun 22, 2006 | By Nuno