Federal Program Fee
The Federal Program Fee recovers the contributions that Vonage must make to the Federal Universal Service Fund (USF) under Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations.
Federal USF is used to support:
- Affordable telecommunications services to schools, libraries, and rural health care facilities.
- Subsidies for telecommunications service in high-cost areas and for low-income households.
- Telecommunications services for individuals with hearing and speech disabilities.
The Federal Program Fee applies to all charges for interstate (from one state to another) and international telephone calls, not including taxes, for all 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories.
This fee may be increased or decreased up to four times a year (once per quarter), depending on the needs of the Universal Service programs. The largest increase in the fee is typically incurred January through March of any given year.
Effective January 1, 2016, the rate is 12.6%.