With the monthly telephone bill some customers get confused in understanding about various charges and items. So, according to FCC rules the telephone companies provide clear information about the bill you are paying. Before you receive the telephone bill the company identifies the service provider that is associated with each charge. If the bill contains addition charges than the local service then it should distinguish between the non payment bill and local service.
The telephone companies mention their toll free numbers on each bill from which you can clear all your doubts regarding telephone bill. Some of the charges that appear on the wire line or wireless telephone bill are:
- Access charges,
- Federal Excise Tax,
- State and Local taxes,
- Universal Service Charges,
- LNP and TRS charges,
- Other charges.
Access charges are charged to the subscribers or to other telephone companies by the local telephone company for using the local network. These charges are not a government charge and FCC sets maximum access charges per telephone line. The access charges are mentioned in the telephone bill as:
- Federal Access Charge,
- Customer or subscriber line charge,
- Interstate Access charge.
FEDERAL EXCISE TAX:
It is termed as three percent tax which is applied to the local service bill and is separated from the long distance service.
STATE AND LOCAL TAXES:
These taxes are given by state, local and municipal governments on goods and services. It is mentioned in the bill as gross receipts.
UNIVERSAL SERVICE CHARGES:
It allows to access telecommunication services at the reasonable price for those who are living in the rural, high cost areas and also near schools etc. The companies include wireless, wireline, paging service and VOIP.
The various other charges are: Directory assistance, Monthly calling plan charge, Airtime charges, Roaming charges, Text messaging etc.