Federal Universal Service Charge (FUSC) Rate Change Effective July 1, 2015

St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John, USVI –July 3, 2015- As a result of action taken by the Federal Communications Commission that affects carriers nationwide, Innovative Telephone, Innovative Wireless and Innovative Long Distance customers will notice a change in the Federal Universal Service charge that took effect on July 1, 2015.

The Federal Universal Service Charge (FUSC) Surcharge Factor recovers the costs associated with the carrier’s contributions to the federal universal fund program. The government-mandated program is designed to help keep service rates affordable for all customers, in all areas of the United States. Effective July 1, 2015, there has been a change in the FUSC surcharge factor from 17.10% to 17.40%. For residential telephone customers and single-line business subscribers, the FUSC charge has increased from $1.27 to $1.29. Multi-line telephone business subscribers experienced an increase from $1.78 to $1.82 per line. PBX lines rates have increased from $2.36 to $2.41 per line.


Customers with questions regarding this notice should contact the Innovative Business Office at 340-779-9999. Innovative’s Business Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays.