USF Contribution Factor For Q4 2015 Lowered to 16.7%

Today the FCC’s Office of Managing Director issued a Public Notice announcing the proposed Universal Service contribution factor for the fourth quarter of 2015:  16.7%, down from the third quarter’s 17.1%. 

Assuming the FCC takes no action on the proposed contribution factor in the next two weeks, 16.7% will be the operative USF contribution factor for the fourth quarter this year.  Carriers are reminded that they “may not mark up federal universal service line-item amounts above the contribution factor.”