Vermont Universal Service Fund

Overview

The Vermont Universal Service Fund (VUSF) was established by Vermont law in 1994  through the enactment of 30 V.S.A. § 7501 for the purpose of creating a financial structure that will allow every Vermont household to obtain basic telecommunications service at an affordable price, and to finance that structure with a proportional charge on all telecommunications transactions that interact with the public switched network.

The VUSF supports five purposes in the following order of funding:

The statutes governing the VUSF can be found on the Legislature's Vermont Statutes web page. They include:

How the VUSF is funded

The VUSF statute provides for the imposition of a universal service surcharge on all retail telecommunications service provided to a Vermont address. All telecommunications providers must bill their customers for the VUSF charge, and deposit the funds collected through the surcharge in the VUSF fund.

VUSF annual audits

The VUSF is audited by an independent auditor annually. The reports from the auditors are posted below.

YE 6/30/15 & 6/30/14, cover letter

YE 6/30/14 & 6/30/13

YE 6/30/13 & 6/30/12

VUSF Administrator

The VUSF is administered through a contract awarded following competitive bid by the PSD. The current contractor for the Vermont Universal Service Fund is Solix Inc. The monthly performance reports are posted below.

V.U.S.F January 2016

V.U.S.F February 2016

V.U.S.F. March 2016

V.U.S.F. April 2016

V.U.S.F. May 2016

V.U.S.F. June 2016

V.U.S.F. July 2016

V.U.S.F. August 2016

V.U.S.F. September 2016

V.U.S.F. Report October 2016

V.U.S.F. Report November 2016

V.U.S.F. Report December 2016

V.U.S.F. Report January 2017

V.U.S.F. Report Feb 2017

V.U.S.F. Report March 2017

 

 

Prepaid Wireless

Providers of prepaid wireless services are required to contribute to the VUSF. The Public Service Board issued an order with more information on 9/3/14, linked below:

PSB order on prepaid wireless contributions