Why is there a USF Fee or Tax on my bill?

Written by David McDonough

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Inrepparttar past, only long distance companies paid fees to supportrepparttar 107925 Federal Universal Service Fund. In 1996, Congress passed a law that expandedrepparttar 107926 types of companies contributing to Universal Service. Currently, all telecommunications companies that provide service between states, including long distance companies, local telephone companies, wireless telephone companies, paging companies, and payphone providers, are required to contribute torepparttar 107927 Federal Universal Service Fund.

How isrepparttar 107928 Amount a Company Pays torepparttar 107929 Universal Service Fund Determined? Telecommunications companies must pay a specific percentage of their interstate and international revenues intorepparttar 107930 Universal Service Fund. This percentage is calledrepparttar 107931 Contribution Factor. You can go torepparttar 107932 FCC’s Web site, www.fcc.gov, to seerepparttar 107933 current Contribution Factor.

The Contribution Factor changes each quarter ofrepparttar 107934 year, depending onrepparttar 107935 needs ofrepparttar 107936 Universal Service Fund andrepparttar 107937 consumers it is designed to help. Becauserepparttar 107938 Contribution Factor will increase or decrease, depending uponrepparttar 107939 projected needs ofrepparttar 107940 Universal Service Fund,repparttar 107941 amount owed torepparttar 107942 Fund by each affected telecommunications company will also increase or decrease accordingly. Different events, such as changes in demand for support or FCC regulatory action, may result in changes inrepparttar 107943 Contribution Factor. For example, increased demand for a particular Universal Service program may result in an increase torepparttar 107944 Contribution Factor, but such increase might be offset by decreased demand for a different program or a decision to credit back to carriers any unused balances that remain inrepparttar 107945 Fund.

Doesrepparttar 107946 FCC Require That Phone Companies Recover Their Universal Service Contributions From Their Customers? The FCC does not require telecommunications companies to recover their Universal Service contribution from their customers. Companies that do choose to recover their contributions from customers may do so in different ways, however, they may not shift more than an equitable share ofrepparttar 107947 contribution to any customer or group of customers. The actual percentage or fee that a company recovers from its customers may be different fromrepparttar 107948 Contribution Factor, and may vary from company to company. Ifrepparttar 107949 contribution factor increases, not all companies will adjustrepparttar 107950 fees they charge customers inrepparttar 107951 same way." Information Taken From www.fcc.gov

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Finding Your Voice: Truth-telling in the Workplace

Written by Susan J. Schutz

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****Take up your share of space—no more, no less.**** Conceptually, two people can only take up a finite amount of space. If you take up too much of that space it invites others to battle you for their fair share or to resentfully cower inrepparttar small corner you’ve left to them. Onrepparttar 107924 other hand, because nature abhors a vacuum, if you take up too little space, it invites others to expand and overpower you. Hold your head up, offer good eye contact, but keep your muscles relaxed. Slamming your truth into someone’s face invites them to instinctually recoil and/or come out fighting; never putting your needs out there for someone else to consider almost guarantees that you’ll be overlooked, stepped on, or pushed aside. Be willing to contribute whatever it is you have to offer.

**** Recognize that there can be many different “truths.”**** In most cases your perspective is neither right nor wrong, it is simply what your particular vantage point allows you to offer. Rather than working withrepparttar 107925 assumption that you have nothing to offer, or that you holdrepparttar 107926 only perspective of value, trust that each person may berepparttar 107927 only one who can offer their particular “truth.” If you leave your perspective unsaid, or drown out someone else’s voice, you will have short-circuitedrepparttar 107928 process that creates understanding, buy-in, and higher levels of creative thinking. When it is necessary to supportively confront someone you can use “I” messages to take responsibility for your own thoughts, feelings, and actions. (A frequently used formula for “I” messages includesrepparttar 107929 following four parts: 1) I think / feel…2) when you…3) because…4) I want / need…). Avoid drawing unnecessary lines inrepparttar 107930 sand, or “making someone wrong” just because you have different perspectives.

****Take your words directly torepparttar 107931 person who needs to hear them.**** Don’t count on people to read your mind or assume that they “should” already understand your perspective. Regardless of whether you’re frustrated with investors, your boss, colleagues, staff, customers, or someone onrepparttar 107932 home front, grumbling with people who aren’t in a position to effect change will only leave you feeling more powerless and/or resentful. Rather than blaming them for your unwillingness to express yourself, find a way to language and deliver your message in a timely and effective fashion torepparttar 107933 person or people who need to hear it. Use a third party as a sounding board if intense emotions or previous attempts at communication have you wanting to skiprepparttar 107934 issue altogether. (Ensure that your goal in talking with this neutral party is to bolster your ability for communicating directly and not simply to gain an ally!)

****Remember that “telling your truth” also involves listening.**** Nothing makes it easier for someone to hear what we have to offer than our own willingness to really listen—and sometimes doing so first allowsrepparttar 107935 other person to clear out their own systems and have space to consider what we most want them to hear. More than just keeping your mouth shut and impatiently tapping your foot, genuine listening involves making a real effort to understandrepparttar 107936 other’s perspective. Ask clarifying questions or paraphrase to communicate back torepparttar 107937 speaker your understanding of what’s been said.

****Use levity, humor, sincere praise and acknowledgment when appropriate.**** When we let things stay unnecessarily serious, intense, or oppositional people grow tense and impatient. Berepparttar 107938 bearer of light in your organization—be willing to deal honestly, openly, and directly withrepparttar 107939 issues that need to be discussed, yet takerepparttar 107940 opportunity to appreciate life and each other at every opportunity!

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