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WY USF - FAQ's

Who Must File Reports and Pay Assessments?

How to Get Remittance Forms?

When to File Reports and Pay Assessments?

Penalty for Late Payments?

How Much Assessment to Pay?

Which Line to Use to Report Revenue?

Contact Information

 

 

 

 

Who must file reports and pay assessments?
All Companies realizing intrastate retail revenue from telecommunication services in Wyoming are required to report such gross revenues to the Commission and contemporaneously pay into the fund the assessment amount calculated by multiplying the Company’s gross revenue, less any wholesale transactions by the assessment rate. Administrative costs incurred by Companies making payments into the Fund shall not be used as an offset to the required payments of assessment.
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How to get remittance forms?
Download the Revenue and Assessment Form from the "Forms" page of this website. If that is not possible, please contact us so that we can mail or fax you a remittance form

Telecommunication company files its Revenue and Assessment Report and makes its payment together, usually by First-Class U.S. Mail. can file your reports and make your payments as follows:

Mail your report and your payment to:

Wyoming Universal Service Fund
2515 Warren Avenue
Suite 300
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Email: wusf@wyo.gov
Fax: 307-777-5700


Make checks payable to the "Wyoming Universal Service Fund". Please write your company's reporting code on your check.

It is possible to make payments directly to the Wyoming State Treasurer's Office by ACH or EFT. Prior approval is required. If your company is interested in making payments by ACH or EFT, please contact the WUSF Manager for more information at 307-777-5706.
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When to file reports and pay assessments?

The WUSF Revenue and Assessment Form and payment are due within 30 days of the close of any calendar month in which you have any Wyoming retail intrastate revenue, e.g. if you recognize such revenue in July of 2015, then your report and payment is due on or before August 31, 2015. Reports of revenue and payments of assessment are required no less often than quarterly. The due date of such reports and payments shall be determined for an individual telecommunications company as follows:

For assessments of $500 per month or less, payment is required quarterly. For assessments greater than $500 per month, payment is required monthly. The report of revenue and Payment of assessment WHATEVER the amount is due on or before the last day of the first month following the assessment month or quarter.
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Penalty for late payments?
Yes. Assessment amounts not timely paid when due shall be subject to a late payment charge equal to one and one-half percent (1.5%)on the unpaid amount for each month, or part therof, that the assessment remains unpaid. . Both the report and payment should be postmarked on or before the last day of the month following the end of the reporting month If the actual revenue for the month is not known within enough time to get a timely payment made, then an estimated report and payment should be filed. The actual revenue should then be reported on a true up or amended report.
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How much assessment to pay?
The amount of your assessment is calculated by multiplying your intrastate revenue from operations in Wyoming by the applicable assessment rate. The assessment rate has fluctuated since Wyoming implemented its universal service fund, and so the assessment rate depends on when the revenue was recognized for your accounting purposes.

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July 1, 2016 June 30, 2017 1.3% 90072-41-XO-16

Click here to see historical assessment rates

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Which line to use to report revenue?

Line-by-Line Instructions. References are to WUSF Revenue and Assessment Form
Line 1. Local Exchange Service. Wyoming Statute 37-15-103(a)(viii) Local exchange service means the provision of essential telecommunications service within a local exchange area. Essential telecommunications service means a customer's access to service that is necessary for the origination or termination, or both, of two-way, switched telecommunications for both residential and business service within a local exchange area. Essential telecommunications services are limited to: (A) access to interexchange services provided by interexchange telecommunications companies; (B) single line flat-rate or single line measured residence or business service; (C) transmission service and facilities necessary for the connection between the end user's or customer's premises or location and the local network switching facility including the necessary signaling service used by customers to access essential telecommunications services; (D) services necessary to connect 911 emergency services to the local network; (E) switched access, which for the purposes of this chapter shall mean the switching and transport necessary to connect an interexchange telecommunications company with the local exchange central office for the purpose of originating or terminating, or both, the interexchange telecommunications company's switched telecommunications service.

Line 2. Local Private Line. Private line definition from Newton's Telecom Dictionary: (1) A direct channel specifically dedicated to a customer's use between specified points. A line leased from a carrier, local or long distance. A non-switched circuit. One end of the line is directly connected to the other end. Here's the AT&T definition of a private line, "A dedicated, non-switchable link from one or more customer-specified locations to one or more customer-specified locations. . ." Private networks comprise numbers of private lines. Originally, private lines were, in fact, dedicated circuits which literally could be physically traced through the network. They also were known as "nailed-up circuits," as telephone company technicians hung the circuits on nails driven into the walls of the central offices. Contemporary private lines actually involved dedicated channel capacity provided over high-capacity, multi-channel transmission facilities. (2) An outside telephone line, with a separate telephone number, which is separate from the private branch exchange. The line is a standard business line which goes around the Private Automatic Branch Exchange. It connects the user directly with the local exchange carrier central office, rather than going through the Private Branch Exchange. Private lines connections are considered to be very "private" by virtue of the fact that it is not possible for a third party (e.g., technician or console attendant) to listen to conversations without placing a physical tap on the circuit. Additionally, private lines are not subject to congestion in the private branch exchange. As private lines also are not susceptible to catastrophic private branch exchange failure, they often are used to provide fail safe communications to key individuals with mission-critical responsibilities to data centers, network operations centers, and the like.

Local private line revenue as described by the FCC rules: This account shall include revenue derived from local services that involve dedicated circuits, private switching arrangements, and/or predefined transmission paths, whether virtual or physical, which provide communications between specific locations (e.g., point-to-point communications). It includes revenue from subvoice grade, voice grade, audio and video program grade, digital transmission and local private network switching as well as the revenue from administrative and operational support services associated with private network services and facilities, e.g., charges for company-directed testing, expedited installation, and service restoration priority.

Line 3. Cellular/PCS/Mobile. Cellular Mobile Telephone System (CMTS) definition from Newton's Telecom Dictionary: The original and still most common CMTS is a low powered, duplex, radio/telephone which operates between 800 and 900 MHZ, using multiple transceiver sites linked to a central computer for coordination. The sites, or "cells" named for their honeycomb shape, cover a range of one to six, or more, miles in each direction. The cells overlap one another and operate in different transmitting and receiving frequencies in order to eliminate crosstalk when transmitting from cell to cell. Each cell can accommodate up to 45 different voice channel transceivers.

Personal Communications Service (PCS): A new, lower powered, higher-frequency competitive technology to cellular. Whereas cellular typically operates in the 800-900 MHZ range, PCS operates in the 1.5 to 1.8 Ghz range. The idea with PCS is that the phones are cheaper, have less range, are digital, the cells would be smaller and closer together and the air time would be cheaper also.

Line 4. Intrastate Switched Toll (Long Distance). Includes interexchange toll, i.e. between exchanges.

Intrastate defined by Newton's Telecom Dictionary: Remaining entirely within the boundaries of a single state and, therefore, if related to telephone, falling under the jurisdiction of that state's telephone regulatory procedures.

Switch defined by Newton's Telecom Dictionary: A mechanical, electrical or electronic device which opens or closes circuits, completes or breaks an electrical path, or selects paths or circuits.

Exchange defined by Newton's Telecom Dictionary: A geographic area established by a common communications carrier for the administration and pricing of telecommunications services in a specific area that usually includes a city, town or village. An exchange consists of one or more central offices and their associated facilities. An exchange is not the same as a LATA. A LATA consists of several adjacent exchanges.

Toll equates to long distance. Long distance private network revenue as defined by FCC rules: . . . It shall include revenue derived from services extending beyond the basic service area that involve dedicated circuits, private switching arrangements, and/or predefined transmission paths, whether virtual or physical, which provide communications between specific locations (e.g., point-to-point communications.)

Line 5. Alternative Access and Directory. Alternative access provider as defined by Newton's Telecom Dictionary. A carrier providing local access and transport other than the primary local exchange carrier. Directories are Telephone Books, White Pages, Yellow Pages, etc.

Line 6 . Paging. Although one-way paging companies are no longer subject to regulation by the Wyoming Public Service Commission, the Commission has ruled that the Wyoming intrastate revenue recognized by one-way paging companies is revenue which must be reported and assessed for purposes of the Wyoming Universal Service Fund. One-way paging companies are interconnected to the public switched network.

Line 7. Pay Telephone. Payphone as defined by Newton's Telecom Dictionary used to be just a public phone that accepted only coins. Now pay phones can be coinless and can read credit cards.

Line 8. Other Services and Charges. This should include any telecommunications revenue that isn't otherwise included above.

Line 9. Total WyomingRevenue. This is the total amount of lines 1 through 8.

Line 10. Deduction of wholesale revenue. The universal service fund assessment rate only applies to retail, not wholesale, revenue. Wholesale services include, but are not limited to: switched access; the use of software defined network services for purposes of resale; interconnection for the resale of local services; and the use of wide area telecommunications service for the purposes of resale.

Click Here to See a List of Potential Charge Types and Whether or Not to Include the Charge as Gross Intrastate Retail Revenue for Assessment Calculations

PLEASE NOTE: These Charge Types are in no way a totality list. If a company has a Charge Type that is not listed, please feel free to contact the WUSF Fund Manager for a decision on whether or not a particular Charge Type should be included as Gross Intrastate Retail Revenue for Assessment calculations.
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Contact Information:
Fund Manager:
Melisa Mizel
Phone: 307-777-5706
Email: melisa.mizel2@wyo.gov