The Federal Universal Service Charge (FUSC)
is a fee that Verizon (and other wireless providers like at&t)
charges its customers to pay for its mandated contribution to the Universal Service Fund,
which was created by the FCC.
This fund has programs that help people in rural communities get telecommunication services for prices similar to those in urban area.
They also help low income families get hooked with phone service cheaply,
and help pay for teleconferencing systems that are used by rural hospitals,
and internet access for schools.
It`s a fund that does a lot of good,
but make no mistake this is a hidden tax that you are paying.
there is NOTHING in the law that says Verizon must recoup or recover the costs of its necessary contribution by charging its customers.
Passing this surcharge on to you is something that the company itself has decided to do.
don`t believe your Verizon rep when they try to tell you that there is nothing they can do about this charge because it is a government thing.
it is a government charge,
that`s not debatable.
But it is not a mandatory governmental surcharge that YOU have to pay,
only Verizon is truly on the hook.
All telecommunications companies must contribute to this fund,
they don`t automatically have to make their customers pay for it.
when Verizon increases this fee and notifies you of the change,
this is something you can fight if the rate increase has a material adverse affect on you.
It is a bit vague to say what exactly a material adverse affect is,
but there should be enough room in the legal definition for you to claim that any percentage change in this or any fee dramatically alters your budget and therefore you cannot remain a customer under the circumstances.
You should be able to withdraw from your contract without paying the early termination fee,
but Verizon is going to make it extremely difficult for you to do this,
despite your legal right.