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What are the taxes and fees on my monthly statement from Midcontinent?



Residential Access Line Charge:

Authorized by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for providing access to and maintenance of the local network.


Local Broadcast Retransmission Fee

In accordance with federal law, Midcontinent Communications was recently required to obtain retransmission consent from various local broadcasters in your viewing area. The Federal Communications Act prohibits cable operators and other video programming distributors from retransmitting broadcast signals without first obtaining each broadcaster's consent. Obtaining the required consent from all of the broadcasters often comes at a cost which is reflected as Retransmission Fees on your invoice. Consequently, the sum these broadcaster(s) will collectively receive for permitting us to carry their signals will cause an increase in these fees. Retransmission fees are subject to being taxed for franchise fees. Franchise fees are based off of a percentage of the total price of video services plus the retransmission fee if applicable.


Local Number Portability:

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

Hearing Impaired Surcharge:

State government imposes this monthly charge which helps to provide telephone services to the hearing impaired.


State and Federal Taxes:

This is the amount of your state and federal taxes which varies by your location. All telephone companies assess the same percentages.


Federal Universal Service Fund:  

This supports telecommunication needs of consumers in low-income households, schools, libraries and rural healthcare providers.


Gross Receipts Tax:

South Dakota: This tax is on gross receipts derived from the furnishing of telephone services at the rate of 2.5%. The service provider collects the tax and reports the collections annually to the Department of Revenue.

North Dakota: Tax is on gross receipts derived from the furnishing of telephone services at the rate of 4%. The service provider collects the tax and reports the collections annually to the Department of Revenue.


Federal Excise Tax:

These are taxes mandated by the federal government. They are imposed on local and wireless telephone services.


Federal TRS and Administration Fee:

The Federal Telecom Relay Service (TRS) fee is a fee on all carriers providing interstate telecommunications must support TRS, which enables telephone conversations between people with speech/hearing impairments and those without. The Federal TRS surcharged is assessed as a percentage of interstate toll charges.


Late Fees:

Payments are expected to be received on or before your statement due date. Payment in full must be received to avoid a late fee assessment of $5.00 on your next statement. When customers subscribe to Midcontinent’s service, they agree that the amount of the late fee is not disproportionate to any anticipated damages to Midcontinent caused by the customer’s non-payment or from the payment of less than the full amount due. For further information, view Midcontinent’s Annual Notice.


County Government 911 Emergency Surcharge:

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

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