Universal Service Fund Fee up to 18.2%
Since March of 2000, Conferencing Service Providers (CSP) have been continually raising their rates to recover contributions to the Universal Service Fund (USF) as a result of the FCC decision that audio conferencing falls into the same rules and regulations as telecommunications, as it applies to their assessment fees. This fund is a government administered program to support the provision of telecommunication services in rural and high cost areas, low revenue schools, libraries and healthcare facilities.
USF Fee Rises Again
As with most fees, the USF fee has risen steadily in just seven years from 9.5% to 18.2% as of Q1 2016. For businesses and organizations utilizing a service provider to handle their conferencing needs, these fees are a percentage of your total conferencing usage expense. If a decision is made to enter into a lengthy contract, these USF fees are a guaranteed additional expense that should be factored into the equation when looking into alternatives to your current conferencing provider.
Sonexis Stamps Out USF Fees
Thankfully there is an alternative, and that is to choose your own unique conferencing solution. The Sonexis ConferenceManager™ is a fully integrated audio, web and video conferencing platform that provides a rapid ROI, superior security and call quality. Our solution leverages existing infrastructure investments and integrates with enterprise software tools. By implementing your own premise-based solution, your collaboration is no longer subjected to the rising USF fees, resulting in immediate savings.
Discover the Sonexis Advantage
For organizations large or small, the decision to switch from a CSP to a Sonexis ConferenceManager is an easy one that helps alleviate budgetary stress. Likewise, this switch encourages users to do more remote collaboration, not less, as the ConferenceManager has the unique ability to grow with the needs of the organization on a per port basis. Sonexis is the right choice that provides perpetual license ownership and eliminates the USF fee that service providers pass to their customers.