The Communications Act of 1934, as amended, requires that the FCC establish mechanisms to fund universal service as well as the shared costs of interstate telecommunications relay services (TRS), local number portability administration (LNPA), and the administration of the North American Numbering Plan (NANPA).

The administrators of each of these programs use the revenue reported on the FCC Form 499-A to calculate and assess any necessary contributions. On a monthly basis, USAC provides the administrators with data from the most recent FCC Form 499-A filed. This data includes contact information, receipt date information, and reported revenues. For the LNPA administrator, USAC also provides regional percentage information.

USAC, as the data collection agent, can only answer questions specific to the data reported on the FCC Form 499-A. Questions regarding contribution amounts, billing procedures, or the support and cost recovery mechanisms for TRS, LNP, and NANP must be directed to the appropriate administrator using the contact information below:

Fund Administrator Customer Service Number
TRS RolkaLoube – Public Utility and Telecommunications Consulting (717) 585-6605
LNPA Telcordia Technologies dba iconectiv (844) 560-8050
NANPA North American Numbering Plan (NANP) (613) 760-4512
ITSP Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (877) 480-3201, Option 6

What do the different funds do?

Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) enables an individual who is deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or who has a speech disability to communicate by telephone or other device through the telephone system at no additional cost. Every common carrier interstate telecommunications services and every VoIP provider (including interconnected and non-interconnected) must contribute to the TRS Fund. See 47 C.F.R. Sections 64.601(b), 64.604.

Local Number Portability (LNP) enables end users to keep their telephone number when switching from one telecommunications service provider to another. The shared costs of long-term number portability attributable to a regional database shall be recovered from all telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers servicing a given region. See 47 C.F.R. Section 52.32.

North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANP) is a numbering scheme for the public switched telecommunications networks (PSTN) within the United States, Canada, and participating Caribbean countries. All telecommunications carriers and interconnected VoIP providers in the United States shall contribute to meet the costs of establishing numbering administration. See 47 C.F.R. Section 52.17.

In addition, the FCC utilizes the revenue data contained in the FCC Form 499-A to bill carriers Interstate Telecommunications Service Provider (ITSP) regulatory fees. The ITSP is collected to cover the regulatory costs associated with the FCC’s enforcement, policy and rulemaking, user information, and international activities. See 47 U.S.C. Section 159(a).