What is the Federal End User Access Charge?

The charge is prescribed by the Federal Communications Commission and is part of the FCC’s effort to support competition in the telecom market. The Interstate End User charge is a flat monthly charge assessed directly on your bill. The FCC established the End User Access Charge as a way to reduce the access charges paid by long-distance companies but still compensate local companies for the use of our networks by those carriers to gain access to their customers. For competitive purposes, the FCC decided to make end-user customers more directly responsible for the costs of providing them service and that the access charges paid by long-distance companies should be reduced.  These funds allow local telecom providers serving high-cost rural areas to recover some of the costs of the facilities used to connect homes or businesses to the long distance network.