Below you will find explanation of taxes, fees and other surcharges that may appear on your NTS bill.
911: This charge funds free 911 calls from pay phones and helps pay for enhanced 911, (which allows a street address to be determined for callers through their phone line).
Access Recovery Charge: The Access Recovery Fee is charged to NTS’ residential and business voice customers in order to offset increased costs that have resulted from recent FCC orders which have reduced the rates that NTS is able to charge other carriers to terminate calls to NTS’ customers.
Administration Fee: A monthly, per invoice fee assessed on all of NTS' retail Customers (including but not limited to Customers who subscribe to local, long distance, and/or internet services) to offset cost increases in paper, sorting, postage, and credit card, manual and ACH payment processing costs that the company incurs to bill, collect and process payments from customers.
Annual Subscriber Fee for Video Services: An annual fee collected and remitted to the FCC. All cable television systems must pay this regulatory fee per video subscriber for all communities served.
Broadcast Fee: The NTS Broadcast Fee is a broadcast TV surcharge that is applied to all NTS video customer accounts who subscribe to local broadcast TV channels. The purpose of this fee is to partially offset the increasing annual costs charged by the owners of broadcast TV stations to NTS to retransmit the programs created by those broadcast TV stations to our customers.
Convenience Fee: For bill payments that are processed by an NTS customer service representative over the telephone, a convenience fee of $5.00 will be charged to the account. NTS Communications does not charge a convenience fee for most bill payment options. There is no charge to use any one of NTS’ other convenient payment options including making a payment online and mailing your payment. NTS accepts Visa®, Mastercard ®, Discover®, and payments by bank check anytime 24/7/356 online at ecare.ntscom.com.
Federal Excise Tax: A 3 percent tax mandated by the federal government levied on all telecommunications services. It was instituted in 1898 as a “temporary” tax to offset the cost of the Spanish American War. Applies to local charges, non-regulated charges and toll charges.
Federal Universal Service Fee: The USF is a fund that helps bring affordable basic phone service to all Americans, including schools, libraries and rural health care providers. Wireless, payphone and some long distance companies add this surcharge to cover their required support for the fund.
Late Fee: NTS Service is billed in advance of the month in which the service is provided with respect to monthly recurring service charges and equipment charges (if any), including all applicable fees, taxes, regulatory fees, franchise fees, surcharges and other government assessments. Failure to receive a bill does not release the customer from the obligation to pay. Bills are due and payable by the due date that is indicated on the bill. Any bill which is not paid by the due date shall be considered delinquent. Delinquent bills will incur a Late Fee and could result in termination of service.
Local Number Portability Charge: The FCC requires all local phone companies to make numbers portable from carrier to carrier so that customers can keep their phone numbers even if they switch local carriers. Companies are allowed the surcharge to recover investments in the necessary equipment upgrades.
Monthly Subscriptions: Your monthly subscription to the NTS services that you subscribe to begins on your start of service date and renews on a monthly basis thereafter until cancelled by you. If your subscription renews on a day not contained in a given month, we will bill you, and your service period begins, as of the last day of such month. The subscription fee for Service(s) will be billed at the beginning of your service month and each month thereafter unless and until you cancel your subscription. PAYMENTS ARE NONREFUNDABLE AND THERE ARE NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS FOR PARTIALLY USED SUBSCRIPTION PERIODS. You may cancel your subscription for a service period up to the last day of the service period prior to the service period that you wish to cancel, and the cancellation will be effective at the end of the then-current billing period. Any request for cancellation after the commencement of a service period will be effective at the end of the then-current service period. Access to the Services will, if possible, continue to be provided at the location ordered or, if you move, to your new location if in a NTS-served area (subject to any installation charges).
Municipal Franchise Right-Of-Way: Compensates the municipalities for the use of public rights-of-way.
Regulatory Cost Recovery Fee: A monthly, per invoice fee assessed on all of NTS' retail Customers (including but not limited to Customers who subscribe to local, long distance, and/or internet services) for the purpose of recovering administrative costs incurred by the Company to comply with State and Federal regulatory obligations.
Sports Programming Fee: The NTS Sports Programming fee is a TV surcharge that is applied to all NTS video customer accounts who subscribe to sports networks. The purpose of this fee is to partially offset the increasing annual costs charged by the owners of sports-related stations and networks to NTS to provide this programming to our customers.
State and Local Sales Tax: State and local tax combined cannot exceed 8.25%. Applies to local charges, and non-regulated and toll charges.
Subscriber Line Charge: Created and regulated by the FCC - allows local phone companies to recover percentage of costs associated with interstate access to local phone networks. It may also appear as “FCC Charge for Network Access” or Federal Line Cost Charge.”
Texas Infrastructure Fund: Funds the provision of advanced telecommunications services to public schools, hospitals and libraries. Such funds are distributed trough grants and loans.
Texas Universal Service: This is a fund that allows affordable service to high-cost rural customers, funds the Relay Texas and Specialized Telecommunications Assistance program for the hearing-disabled, and funds telecommunications services discounts to low income customers (Tel-Assistance and Lifeline).
Utility Gross Receipts Assessment: Fee paid to Texas Government to fund the PUC and the Office of Public Utility Council (OPUC).