AN ACT PROVIDING THAT INTERCONNECTED VOIP SERVICE PROVIDERS SHALL REMIT THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY SERVICE SURCHARGE TO THE STATE TREASURER, ALLOWING LOCAL EXCHANGE, CMRS, AND VOIP PROVIDERS TO CHOOSE WHETHER TO INCLUDE THE SURCHARGE ON CUSTOMERS' BILLS, DIRECTING ALL PROVIDERS TO REMIT THE FEE TO THE STATE TREASURER, ALLOWING ALL PROVIDERS TO DEDUCT A ONE PERCENT ADMINISTRATIVE FEE FROM THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF SURCHARGE REVENUE, AND CLARIFYING THE SALES TAX TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CHARGES RELATED TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY SERVICE.
Amends GS 62-157 (Telecommunication relay service), adding Interconnected VoIP service and VoIP provider to the terms and definitions for use in this section. Establishes that the Utilities Commission (Commission) will allow all local service providers to impose a monthly surcharge on all residential and business local exchange access facilities to fund a statewide telecommunications relay service (previously, the Commission required the local service providers impose a monthly surcharge on all residential and business local exchange access facilities). Also allows CMRS providers and VoIP providers to impose the monthy surcharge. Allows local service providers, CMRS providers, and VoIP providers to deduct a 1% administrative fee from the total amount of the permissible surcharge submitted to the State Treasurer or 911 Board.
Makes technical and conforming changes.
Effective January 1, 2014, applying to all telecommunications service relay surcharges on or after that date.
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