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Taxes and Fees

These taxes, fees and other surcharges may be applied to your bill. See below for an explanation of each charge. 

Local broadcast retransmission fee

A portion of the amount paid to local broadcast stations so we may retransmit their signals to you.

Carrier Cost Recovery Fee

The Carrier Cost Recovery Fee includes multiple fees associated with voice services. These include: Federal Access Charges, the Federal Telecom Relay Service (TRS) and Administration Fee, the Access Recovery Charge, the Local Number Portability Fee, and the Presubscribed Carrier Charge.

Federal access charge

These are charges proposed and authorized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), for providing access to, and maintenance of, the local network.

Federal TRS and administration fee

All carriers providing interstate telecommunications must support TRS, which enables telephone conversations between people with speech/hearing impairments and those without. The Federal TRS surcharge is assessed as a percentage of interstate toll charges.

Access recovery charge (ARC)

The Access Recovery Charge (ARC) is a telephone fee related to changes in FCC rules. This monthly fee is a way to recover the costs of providing access to the telephone network.

Presubscribed carrier charge

This charge is for selecting and routing calls to a long-distance carrier.

Local number portability fee

The Federal Communications Commission permits phone companies to add this charge to all phone lines as compensation for creating systems that allow residential and business phone customers the ability to retain their existing local phone numbers (at the same location) when switching from one local phone service to another.

Federal excise tax

This tax is mandated by the federal government. They are imposed on local and wireless telephone services.

Universal service fee

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created the Universal Service Fund (USF). This fee helps make voice and internet/data service affordable and available to all Americans, including low-income consumers and those living in areas where the costs of providing service is high. It also includes public and nonprofit schools and libraries serving low-income communities, as well as rural health care providers. Congress mandated that all telecommunications companies providing interstate service contribute to the USF. A carrier may include this contribution to customers’ monthly bill.

Telecom relay service charge

This state service charge helps to pay for the relay center which transmits and translates calls for hearing-impaired people.

County government 911 emergency surcharge

This surcharge is mandated by local governments to help pay for emergency services such as fire and rescue.

Gross receipts tax

This tax is on gross receipts derived from the furnishing of telephone services. The service provider collects the tax and reports the collections annually to the Department of Revenue.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fee

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fee helps fund federal government oversight and regulation of U.S. cable television operator.

Franchise fee

The franchise fee on your statement is forwarded from Midco to your local city or township, which has allowed Midco access to the public rights of way for building and operating our cable TV system in that municipality. Rates vary by municipality. The local government sets the fee, which is a percentage of the cost of specific cable TV services.

Local government channel fee

Mandated by the local government, this fee helps support capital expenditure of a local channel, such as a city, government or school channel that often carries programming such as city council meetings, school board meetings, community history and so forth. This fee is also known as the PEG fee (public, education and government). In the Midco service area, this fee only applies in Minnesota. 

State and local taxes

City taxes vary by community. For business customers, the following monthly taxes apply in each state:

  • Kansas: Taxes on all services except internet services. Taxes will apply on equipment (i.e. modems). 
  • Minnesota: Taxes on all services except internet services.
  • North Dakota: Taxes on all services except cable TV and internet services.
  • South Dakota: Taxes on all services.

TAP charge

The Telephone Assistance Plan (TAP) charge helps provide discounted telephone service to qualified customers. In the Midco service area, this fee only applies in Minnesota and is applied to each phone line.

Transit improvement tax

The transmit improvement tax supports transportation needs such as road improvements and mass transit. In the Midco service area, this fee only applies in Minnesota at a rate set by each city or township.

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