Summary of Taxes and Other User Fees on Your Bill
Following is an explanation of some of the regulatory charges that appear on your phone bill each month.
• Alaska Network Access Fee (“NAF”) – The Regulatory Commission of Alaska (“RCA”) adopted a new Intrastate Access structure to lower the rates that Iong-distance phone companies pay for using the local exchange companies’ networks. As a result of the change, the Commission instituted a Network Access Fee or “NAF” beginning April 1, 2005. Although not required, the surcharge provides an opportunity for long distance carriers to reduce in-state long distance calling rates.
The RCA has set the NAF at $3.69 per line in Anchorage and $5.75 in all other communities as of August 1, 2015.
• E-911 (“Enhanced 911”) Emergency System Surcharge – The E-911 system provides support for emergency communication services provided by municipalities. The surcharge is authorized by Alaska law (AS 29.35.131-29.35.137). The statutes provide that an E-911 surcharge of up to $2.00 per month, per local access line and phone number, and may be imposed where an enhanced 911 system is utilized. ACS remits the proceeds from these surcharges, less a small administrative fee, directly to the municipalities that have adopted them by ordinance.
• Regulatory Cost Charge (“RCC”) – The Regulatory Cost Charge is a surcharge applied to all regulated instate retail customer billings to pay the local and long distance phone companies’ share of the budget of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.
The RCC rate as of July 1, 2021 is set at 1.514% of billing for local phone charges and 2.665% for Intrastate long distance service billings.
• Alaska Universal Service Fund Surcharge (“AUSF”) – The AUSF is a surcharge on a customer’s local and Intrastate services to pay the state portion of the Lifeline Program. This program helps qualified low income customers receive basic telephone service. The surcharge also provides financial support for certain high-cost rural companies and offers limited assistance for the operation of public interest pay telephones.
The AUSF rate as of January 1, 2019, is set at 10.00%.
• Universal Access Surcharge (“UAS”) for Telecommunications Relay Service - Alaska Statute 42.05.296 requires that telephone companies provide service to the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired subscribers so that they can communicate by telephone. The regulations require cost recovery through a surcharge added to the local service rate. The rates are as follows:
|"UAS" Description||"UAS" Rate|
|Per Voice line or trunk||$.01|
|Per Voice Over IP (VoIP) line or trunk||$.01|
• Local Sales Taxes – Alaska Communications is required to collect local taxes on behalf of organized cities and boroughs within Alaska.