Understanding Taxes, Surcharges & Fees On Your Bill

Below is a chart of the taxes, surcharges and fees that may appear on your bill.



TAXES, FEES & SURCHARGES TAXES, FEES & SURCHARGES FOR:
Telephone (T), Cable (C), or Data (D)
IMPOSED ON:
Customer (C), Grande (G), Grande passed through to Customer (G,P) or Surcharge imposed by Grande (S)
DEFINITION Location on the Bill where the charge appears in the Tax, Surcharge or Fee Section
Federal Excise TaxTCA federal tax on local telephone services and surcharges.Telephone
Federal Universal Service FundTG, PA federal surcharge on interstate and international telephone services to support universal service programs such as the schools and libraries discount program. The Federal USF may also be assessed on phone surcharges.Telephone
Regulatory FeeCG, PThis fee is an annual assessment imposed by the FCC pursuant to Public Law 103-66, Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993. The FCC uses these monies to offset costs associated with its enforcement, public service, international and policy and rulemaking activities.Cable
911 Tax TCThe E911 system utilizes a system to route emergency telephone calls to the appropriate Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). The enhanced 911 system allows the PSAP operator to automatically see the phone number and address of the person calling. The E911 fee covers the expenses for the E911 system. All lines (residential and commercial) are subject to a monthly E911 charge per line which is imposed by the state, city or county.Telephone
State, County and City Sales TaxT, C, and DCA tax levied by a state or local government on the sale or rental of tangible personal property and/or certain services such as telephone and cable services.Telephone, Cable, Data
Utility Gross Receipts AssessmentTG, PA state surcharge imposed by the Public Utilities Commission on intrastate telecommunication services.Telephone
State Universal Service FundTG, PA state surcharge on intrastate telephone services to support universal service programs such as the schools and libraries discount program.Telephone
State E911 Equalization Surcharge TCA state surcharge imposed on each local exchange access line to support E911 systems. Telephone
Franchise Fee - CableCG, PA fee paid to a municipality to allow use of the public streets and rights-of-way and operate a cable television system within that municipality. This is a contractual agreement with the town/city and is normally assessed on all cable revenue.Cable
PEG Access FeeCG, PThis fee is part of the Franchise agreement and is passed thru to cable subscribers. The fee is to support Public, Educational, and Governmental facilities, equipment and services.Cable
Subscriber Line ChargeTSMonthly recurring charge applied to all phone line, trunk, and PRI services offered pursuant to Grande's tariffs and/or price lists. There are no exemptions associated with this product charge. Rates are subject to change. This charge is not government mandated nor a tax or fee imposed on you by the government. It is a surcharge Grande assesses and retains. Telephone
Network Access and Maintenance FeeDSA fee defray costs associated with building and maintaining Grande’s fiber rich broadband network, as well as the costs of expanding network capacity to support the continued increase in customers’ average bandwidth consumption. This fee is not a government mandated tax or fee imposed on you by the government. This is a fee that Grande assesses and retains. Data
Regulatory Recovery FeeTSThis fee is assessed to recover the cost of complying with certain federal impositions related to voice service. It is a monthly charge to defray a portion of the fees paid to support government programs such as Telecommunications Relay Service and Local Number Portability, along with other charges assessed by the FCC, and additional indirect costs associated with administering and complying with government programs. This charge is not a customer tax or fee assessed by a government agency. It is a surcharge Grande assesses and retains. Telephone
Broadcast SurchargeCSRecovery of a portion of the rapidly increasing costs charged by local broadcast TV stations for carriage rights. This fee is not a government mandated tax or fee imposed by the government. This is a fee Grande assesses and retains. Cable
Entertainment SurchargeCSRecovery of a portion of the rapidly escalating charges levied by entertainment networks such as Viacom, AMC, Scrippts Networks and others. This fee is not a government mandated tax or fee imposed by the government. This is a fee Grande assesses and retains. Cable
Sports SurchargeCSRecovery of a portion of the rapidly increasing costs of sports related programming. This fee is not a government mandated tax or fee imposed by the government. This is a fee Grande assesses and retains. Cable