Illinois USF Procedures

Administrative Procedures

The Illinois Small Company Exchange Carrier Association, Inc. (“ISCECA”) is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation established pursuant to the Illinois Commerce Commission’s Thirty Seventh Interim Order dated July 20, 1988 in Docket No. 83-0142. Vantage Point has administered the Illinois USF (Illinois Small Company Exchange Carrier Association Fund – ISCECA) since 1998.

All companies that have received Certificates of Service Authority under Section 13-403, 13-404 and 13-405 of the Public Utilities Act shall be contributors to the Illinois Universal Service Fund except those companies that qualify as “de minimis carriers” as described below hereafter referred to as “Contributing Carriers”. Carriers with contributions projected as less than $2,400 per year will be considered “de minimis carriers” and will be exempt from contributing to the Illinois Universal Service Fund (“IUSF”). The status of a carrier as a “de minimis carrier” will be established at the beginning of each plan year and will not change during that plan year.

The assessment for funding shall be based on intrastate retail telecommunications revenues generated in the State of Illinois less uncollectible revenues related to the Illinois intrastate retail revenues. Intrastate telecommunications means communications or transmission between points within the State of Illinois. For purposes of determining this assessment, revenues collected from the imposition of the end user surcharge for the Illinois Universal Service Fund will not be considered intrastate retail telecommunications revenues.

The Fund Administrator shall have authority to develop procedures and forms for collecting information from all Contributing Carriers including “de minimis carriers”. In general, such procedures should adhere, to the extent possible, to the procedures used in FCC Form 499-A while maintaining consistency with the definition of the intrastate retail revenues described above.

The initial fund period commenced on October 1, 2001. The initial funding was based on 2000 Illinois Intrastate Retail Revenues gathered by the Staff of Commission through a data request to the Contributing Carriers.

Subsequent funding periods commenced annually on October 1 of each calendar year. Initial funding for subsequent periods were based on the Illinois Intrastate Retail Revenues of the prior calendar year, until the October 2020 fund year.

Final funding for each funding period prior to October 2020 was determined based on the Annual True Up Procedure described hereafter

Beginning with the October 2020 fund year, funding for each period will be based on the Illinois Intrastate Retail Revenues of the most recent fund year (October through September), with no Annual True Up Procedure.

Contributing Carries to the IUSF will be required to assess a uniform percentage surcharge to their customers on the intrastate retail revenues charged to customers to provide for recovery of their contribution to the fund. The uniform percentage that a Contributing Carrier will assess is the percentage used in calculating the assessment on the Contributing Carriers.

In the initial year of the fund, to accommodate potential delays in being able to implement billing of the percentage surcharge, each Contributing Carrier may adjust the uniform percentage surcharge applied to customers’ bills during the months in which they are capable of billing the surcharge, by multiplying the uniform percentage surcharge times twelve and divide by the number of months they will actually bill the surcharge during the first year.

The initial administrator for the fund will be the Illinois Small Company Exchange Carrier Association (“ISCECA”). Consistent with the 27th Interim Order in the Docket No. 83-0142 the maximum administrator fee of $150,000 cannot be exceeded without Commission approval.

The ISCECA continues to comply with administrative requirements established in Docket No. 83-0142.

The administrator will report to the Illinois Commerce Commission any company that does not comply with the reporting or contribution requirements of the IUSF so that the Commission may take appropriate action.

The general formula for the determination of the assessment percentage (which is also the end user surcharge percentage) is as follows:

A factor to recognize the possibility of uncollectible amounts from Contributing Carriers may be included in arriving at either the Fund working cash requirements or the Illinois Intrastate Retail Revenues of Contributing Carriers.

The fund administrator will collect all necessary information from the carriers directly by issuing an annual data request prior to July of each year. The data gathered by the fund administrator will be used solely to calculate contributions to the Illinois universal service support fund. In situations where the fund administrator collects proprietary information, the fund administrator will treat the data in accordance with any confidentiality agreement.

The assessments for individual Contributing Carriers will be determined by multiplying the assessment percentage times that carrier’s Illinois intrastate retail revenues for the prior fund operating year (October through September).

Annual assessments will normally be paid to the Fund Administrator in twelve equal monthly amounts.  Each contributing carrier will receive a payment voucher showing their monthly contribution amounts and payment schedule prior to the start of the fund operating year.

Assessments will normally be due by the first day of the month.