Definition of Charges, Taxes & Fees
CHARGES RELATED TO SERVICE
Activation Costs are charges that may be assessed at the establishment of service representing the costs for equipment (including applicable taxes), an activation fee, and a deposit, if applicable.
A Device Replacement Fee is assessed if you purchase a new device at a promotional price prior to the end of your current 24-month promotional contract period. This fee is prorated based on the length of time you had the device under your current promotional offer contract.
An Early Termination Fee is charged if you received the maximum promotional discount for your device and disconnect service prior to the completion of the 24-month promotional contract period. This fee is prorated based on the length of time you had the device under your current promotional offer contract.
Monthly Access is the fixed amount you pay each month, which is determined by your chosen voice/data plan and features. Your monthly access charge will remain the same each month unless you switch plans or add or remove features. Any changes to your service take effect immediately.
Usage Summary/Costs reflect the total airtime, amount and/or cost of voice or data usage. Usage may be categorized by where it occurred (e.g., in your Primary Area) or by the cost (e.g., free, included in your voice or data plan, a one-time charge, or as an additional charge not covered by your existing services).
TAXES, SURCHARGES & FEES
The Administrative Recovery Charge is a monthly surcharge that C Spire is permitted to assess on a per-line basis and is related to the Federal Intercarrier Compensation Rules, which set the rates charged between carriers for telecommunications traffic.
The Regulatory Recovery Charge is a monthly surcharge that C Spire is permitted to assess on a per-line basis in order to defray the following: fees paid to support government programs such as the Telecommunications Relay Service and Local Number Portability & Number Pooling; other charges assessed by the FCC; costs for State/Local business licenses and annual reporting; and additional indirect costs associated with administering and complying with government programs and regulations.
The State Special Tax represents various state taxes levied on interstate calls. The amount and application of these taxes may differ by state. This affects calls originating in your Primary Area (Local Calling Area) and terminating outside your Primary Area (Local Calling Area).
The State CMRS/911 Service Charge was enacted by state legislatures to support the maintenance and improvement of the 911 system. The monthly fee varies by state.
The State 911 Training Service Charge provides for the training of personnel and ongoing maintenance of the statewide 911 system, including the construction of enhanced facilities and the installation of new equipment.
State and Local Sales Tax represent various state and local taxes levied on wireless service. The amount and application of these taxes may differ by state and municipality.
The Universal Service Fund is a per-line charge to recover the amount that telecommunications providers must contribute to the Universal Service Fund, which ensures that telephone service is available to low-income or rural families, communities and health-care providers and that access to the Internet is affordable for schools and libraries. The Universal Service Administration Company administers the fund and the rate may be adjusted quarterly as mandated by the Federal Communications Commission.