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Title 30 : Public Service


Subchapter 003 : COLLECTION

(Cite as: 30 V.S.A. § 7521)
  • § 7521. Charge imposed; wholesale exemption

    (a) A Universal Service Charge is imposed on all retail telecommunications service provided to a Vermont address. Where the location of a service and the location receiving the bill differ, the location of the service shall be used to determine whether the Charge applies. The Charge is imposed on the person purchasing the service, but shall be collected by the telecommunications provider. Each telecommunications service provider shall include in its tariffs filed at the Public Utility Commission a description of its billing procedures for the Universal Service Fund Charge.

    (b) The Universal Service Charge shall not apply to wholesale transactions between telecommunications service providers where the service is a component part of a service provided to an end user. This exemption includes network access charges and interconnection charges paid to a local exchange carrier.

    (c) In the case of mobile telecommunications service, the Universal Service Charge is imposed when the customer's place of primary use is in Vermont. The terms "customer," "place of primary use," and "mobile telecommunications service" have the meanings given in 4 U.S.C. § 124. All provisions of 32 V.S.A. § 9782 shall apply to the imposition of the Universal Service Charge under this section.

    (d)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, beginning on September 1, 2014, in the case of prepaid wireless telecommunications service, the Universal Service Charge shall be imposed as follows:

    (A) If the provider sells directly to a consumer in a retail transaction, the provider may collect the Charge from the customer at the rate specified in section 7523 of this title; or

    (B) if the provider does not sell directly to the consumer, or if the provider sells directly to the customer in a retail transaction but elects not to collect the Charge from the customer, the Charge shall be imposed on the provider at the rate determined in subdivision (2) of this subsection (d).

    (2) The Public Utility Commission shall establish a formula to ensure the Universal Service Charge rate imposed on prepaid wireless telecommunications service providers under subdivision (1)(B) of this subsection reflects two percent of retail prepaid wireless telecommunications service in Vermont.

    (3) As used in this subsection, "prepaid wireless telecommunications service" means a telecommunications service as defined in subdivision 203(5) of this title that a consumer pays for in advance and that is sold in predetermined units or dollars that decline with use. (Added 1993, No. 197 (Adj. Sess.), § 5, eff. Oct. 1, 1994; amended 2001, No. 144 (Adj. Sess.), § 36; 2013, No. 191 (Adj. Sess.), § 29.)