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Regulatory Charges and Surcharges

1.1 Federal Universal Service Fund Surcharge

 

The Federal Universal Service Fund Surcharge (“FUSF”) is an non-discountable monthly charge. The FUSF is equal to Customer’s total net FUSF-Applicable Charges (as defined below), multiplied by the FUSF percentage. The FUSF percentage will be equal to the quarterly Universal Service Fund contribution factor established by the FCC (subject to rounding) in effect as of the bill date. The applicable quarterly contribution factor can be found at http://www.fcc.gov/omd/contribution-factor.html

 

FUSF-Applicable Charges
FUSF-Applicable Charges consist of all charges for jurisdictionally interstate (including international) Telecommunications Services. Charges for communications or transmissions between two points outside the US are not FUSF-Applicable Charges.

 

FUSF Waiver
AIRESPRING will waive the FUSF with respect to specifically identified FUSF-Applicable Charges to the extent that Customer demonstrates to AIRESPRING’s reasonable satisfaction that:

 

Customer (a) has filed a Universal Service Worksheet with the Universal Service Administrator covering the twelfth month prior to the month for which Customer seeks the waiver (i.e., to be eligible for a waiver in February 2005, Customer must have filed a Universal Service Worksheet with the Universal Service Administrator covering February 2004) or (b) was not required to file a Universal Service Worksheet covering such period, either because Customer was not then providing telecommunications services or because Customer was then subject to the FCC’s de minimis exception to the FCC’s filing requirement;

 

the charges with respect to which the waiver is sought are for services purchased by Customer for resale; and

 

Customer will file a Universal Service Worksheet with the Universal Service Administrator in which the reported billed revenues will include all billed revenues associated with Customer’s resale of services purchased from AIRESPRING for the period during which the waiver is sought.

 

The FUSF will not be waived with respect to: (a) charges for services purchased by Customer for its own use as an end user; (b) charges for which the bill date is on, prior to, or within thirty days after, the date on which Customer applies for a waiver with respect to those charges; or (c) charges for services resold by Customer, if Customer (or another provider that buys services directly or indirectly from Customer) is not subject to direct Universal Service contribution requirements.

 

Application to Certain Rate Plans where charges are not identified on a jurisdictional basis, the FUSF rate will be applied against the amount of the charge that AIRESPRING reports as subject to the FCC’s quarterly Universal Service Fund contribution factor.

 

1.2 Property Tax Surcharge

 

The Property Tax Surcharge is an non-discountable monthly charge, applied to recover property tax assessments and other fees imposed by certain taxing jurisdictions upon local exchange carriers, AIRESPRING or upon its underlying carriers and passed on directly or indirectly to AIRESPRING. The Property Tax Surcharge is equal to Customer’s total net charges for all Services and applicable Surcharges, multiplied by 2.34%.

 

 

1.3 Regulatory Cost Recovery Surcharge

 

The Regulatory Cost Recovery Surcharge is a non-discountable monthly charge, applied to recover amounts paid to federal, State, and local governments for regulatory costs and AireSpring’s cost of compliance. The Regulatory Cost Recovery Surcharge is equal to Customer’s total charges for all Services and applicable Surcharges, multiplied by 3.41%.

 

1.4 Carrier Administration Charge

 

The Carrier Administration Charge is a non-discountable monthly charge, applied to help defray certain costs we incur, currently including (i) charges we, or our agents, pay local telephone companies for delivering calls from our customers to their customers, and (ii) fees and assessments on network facilities and services received directly or indirectly by AireSpring. The Carrier Administration Charge is equal to Customer’s total charges for all Services and applicable Surcharges, multiplied by 2.80%.

 

1.5 Payphone Access Charge

 

A non-discountable Payphone Access Charge shall apply to each coinless call that AIRESPRING identifies as placed from a domestic payphone, either to a Customer Toll-Free Number or by Customer or a User to an access code.

 

Payphone Access Charge $0.65 per call

 

1.6 State Universal Service and Regulatory

 

When a state, state agency or political subdivision of the state imposes a regulatory fee or assessment SUCH AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, STATE UNIVERSAL SERVICE, 911 OR PUBLIC UTILITY FEE on AIRESPRING or AIRESPRING services in connection with the services provided to Customer, the amounts of such fees or assessments will be billed to Customers in such a taxing jurisdiction BASED ON PLACE OF PRIMARY USE. When a state, state agency or political subdivision of the state imposes upon AIRESPRING the obligation to bill and collect a regulatory fee or assessment SUCH AS, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, STATE UNIVERSAL SERVICE, 911 OR PUBLIC UTILITY FEE from Customer in connection with the services provided to Customer by AIRESPRING, the amounts of such fees or assessments will be billed to Customers in such a taxing jurisdiction BASED ON PLACE OF PRIMARY USE.

 

Applicability of Section Applies to all Services where the relevant taxing jurisdiction imposes the obligation to collect such charges.

 

1.7 Primary Interexchange Carrier Charge (PICC)

 

AireSpring has updated its tariff for Presubscribed Interexchange Carrier Charge (PICC). The Presubscribed Interexchange Carrier Charge (PICC) is a monthly recurring charge applied for each business outbound long distance switched access line, as provided in the Rate Table below. The line status determination is based on available AireSpring, underlying carrier and/or LEC-provided information. If AireSpring cannot determine the line status based on available AireSpring and/or LEC-provided information, the multi-line charge applies.

 

Rate Table: Presubscribed Interexchange Carrier Charge (PICC) Line Status Carrier Line Assessment

 

Single-Line $0.00

 

Multi-Line $4.40

 

Centrex Line $0.47

 

BRI Line $4.40

 

Switched Access PRI Line $24.00

 

1.8 Federal Administrative Expense Fee

 

The Federal Administrative Expense Fee is a non-discountable monthly charge. The Federal Administrative Expense Fee is equal to Customer’s total net FUSF-Applicable Charges multiplied by 1.18%.

 

The Administrative Expense Fee recovers a portion of AIRESPRING’s internal costs associated with the Federal Communications Commission’s Universal Service Fund.

 

1.9 Return Check Fees

 

A Return Check Fee may be applied to Customer’s bill for each occasion that a check, bank draft, or an electronic funds transfer item is returned for the reason of insufficient funds or no account.

 

Return Check Fee, per occasion $45.00

 

2.0 Access Recovery Charge

 

The Access Recovery Charge (ARC) is a non-discountable monthly charge applied to recover the cost of administration of local loops ordered by AireSpring on behalf of customer from third party providers. The Access Recovery Fee is equal to the total of all local loop/circuit MRC’s, multiplied by 4.99%.

 

2.1 Access Arbitrage Surcharge

 

According to the terms of service, Customer agrees to not intentionally route AireSpring non-RBOC (non-Regional Bell Operating Companies owned and operated tandems) termination or origination minutes. AireSpring will monitor Customers monthly call distribution and identify excessive traffic originating from or terminating to High Cost Area (“HCA”), defined as high-cost LATAs and non-Regional Bell Operating Company served telephone numbers. AireSpring reserves the right to apply an Access Arbitrage Surcharge or High Cost Area (HCA) Surcharge of up to $0.04 per minute of use to the number of minutes by which Customer’s HCA and Non-RBOC outbound terminations and inbound originations exceed usual and customary call patterns for business users.

 

2.2 Extreme High Cost Areas (XHCA)

 

For customers with Blended Rate Plans on the Qwest, Global Crossing or Verizon underlying networks, calls originating from or terminating to certain LATA/OCN’s, defined as Extreme High Cost Area (XHCA) LATA/OCN’s, a list of which may be found at www.airespring.com/terms (the “XHCA List”), and which is incorporated into this Agreement by this reference, shall be billed at separate rates as specified on the XHCA List.

 

2.3 Service Reconnection Fee

 

Should AireSpring interrupt service for non-payment or other breaches, service cannot be restored if the Local Exchange Carrier (LEC) or any intermediate disconnections have occurred. Customer’s service may be restored upon payment or elimination of the breach prior to LEC or any intermediate disconnection. In such cases, a re-connection fee will apply. Charges are $175 for each dedicated service, and $19 per Billing Telephone Number (BTN) for Switched Services.

 

2.4 Excessive Call Attempts Surcharge

 

Customers that utilize the AireSpring underlying network for termination of Long Distance services shall be subject to an Excessive Call Attempts Surcharge. A minimum outbound call completion ratio (defined as percentage of completed calls versus attempted calls) of 50% (fifty percent) is required, and is calculated on total outbound call attempts on a monthly billing basis per unique customer account. All incomplete calls below this threshold will be assessed a per call attempt surcharge of $0.005. As an example, if during a monthly billing period, Customer attempts 100,000 outbound calls, and completes 45,000 outbound calls, then the call completion ratio for this customer is 45%. Therefore, in this example, the customer is 5% below the minimum threshold requirement of 50%. Therefore 5% of the total call attempts of 100,000 will be surcharged, resulting in a surcharge of 5,000 call attempts at $0.005 per call attempt.

 

2.5 Short Duration Surcharge

 

For Customers Utilizing the Qwest or Paetec Underlying Network

 

For customers utilizing the Qwest or Paetec underlying network for call termination and origination, whose total Short Duration Calls (defined as calls with a duration of 6 seconds or less) are more than 10% (ten percent) of total calls during a monthly billing period, a Short Duration Call surcharge of $.01 per call will be assessed for all Short Duration Calls above the 10% threshold (The calculation is based on and is applied against 1+ Long Distance and 8xx Toll Free Domestic calls. International and other call types are excluded from the calculation).

 

Qwest / Paetec Example 1:

 

Customer makes 100,000 calls during a monthly billing period and 12,000 of those calls are considered Short Duration (defined as calls with a duration of 6 seconds or less). Customer will be billed $.01 multiplied by 2,000 calls for a total of $20 for the Short Duration Call surcharge.

 

Qwest / Paetec Example 2:

 

Customer makes 100,000 calls during a monthly billing period and 9,000 of those calls are considered Short Duration (defined as calls with a duration of 6 seconds or less). Customer will have no surcharges assessed as they fell below the 10% threshold.

 

For Customers utilizing the Global Crossing Underlying Network

 

For customers utilizing the Global Crossing underlying network for call termination and origination, whose total Short Duration Calls (defined as calls with a duration of 6 seconds or less) are more than 10% (ten percent) of total calls during a monthly billing period, a Short Duration Call surcharge of $.02 per call will be assessed for ALL Short Duration Calls (The calculation is based on and is applied against 1+ Long Distance and 8xx Toll Free Domestic calls. International and other call types are excluded from the calculation).

 

Global Crossing Example 1:

 

Customer makes 100,000 calls during a monthly billing period and 12,000 of those calls are considered Short Duration (defined as calls with a duration of 6 seconds or less). Customer will be billed $.02 multiplied by 12,000 calls for a total of $240 for the Short Duration Call surcharge.

 

Global Crossing Example 2:

 

Customer makes 100,000 calls during a monthly billing period and 9,000 of those calls are considered Short Duration (defined as calls with a duration of 6 seconds or less). Customer will have no surcharges assessed as they fell below the 10% threshold.

 

“The calculation is based on and is applied against 1+ Long Distance and 8xx Toll Free Domestic calls. International and other call types are excluded from the calculation.”

 

For Customers utilizing the Verizon Underlying Network

 

AireSpring may, upon request/demand from Verizon, suspend services upon 10 (ten) days notice to Customer if Customer’s average length of call (ALOC) over a calendar month is less than 78 Seconds. In addition, AireSpring, upon request/demand from Verizon, may suspend or limit service when the volume of terminations to a specific geographic locale exceeds the available terminating capacity.

 

Excessive outbound or inbound local calling, which is not consistent with usual and customary business use or a prohibited use shall be subject to an overage charge of $0.0100 per minute.  Prohibited uses for local calling applications include but are not limited to: auto dialing, voice or fax broadcasting, inbound or outbound call center activity, resale or wholesale applications of services, conference calling or calling card platforms or any other similar use that may be construed by the FCC, FTC, or any other regulatory authority to be these types of calls.

 

2.6 Directory Assistance Per Call Charge

 

Directory Assistance (including ‘411’ and ‘npa-555-xxxx’ calls) charge $1.99 per call.

 

2.7 AT&T Underlying Network Recovery Fee

 

The AT&T Underlying Network Recovery Fee is a non-discountable monthly charge applied to help defray certain local access service recovery surcharges Airespring incurs from AT&T when Airespring uses an AT&T access network connection in providing service to Airespring’s customers.  This surcharge will not be applied to other Airespring services that do not utilize AT&T’s access network.  The AT&T Underlying Network Recovery Fee shall be five percent (5%) of the charge for the applicable services.  “AT&T” is a registered trademark of AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P. AT&T Intellectual Property, Inc.

 

2.8 AT&T Wireless Administrative Fee

 

The AT&T Wireless Administrative Fee is a non-discountable monthly charge applied to help defray certain expenses including i) the cost of charges AT&T or its agents pay to interconnect with other carriers to deliver calls and ii) charges associated with cell site rents and maintenance.  This fee will not be applied to other Airespring services that do not utilize AT&T’s wireless network service.  The AT&T Wireless Administrative Fee shall be $0.76 per AT&T wireless line, regardless of whether the line is used for voice or data traffic.  “AT&T” is a registered trademark of AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P. AT&T Intellectual Property, Inc.

 

2.9  Texas Franchise Tax Recovery Fee

 

The Texas Franchise Tax Recovery Fee is a non-discountable monthly 0.7% assessment of billed charges to help recover the Texas Franchise Tax fees imposed by the State of Texas.