MO Universal Service Fund
MISSOURI UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND

Welcome to the website for the Missouri Universal Service Fund.

ARE YOU A CONSUMER INQUIRING ABOUT RECEIVING LOW INCOME OR DISABLED DISCOUNTS ON YOUR VOICE TELEPHONY BILL?

You may qualify for a discount on your monthly landline telephone bill if you are receiving low income or disability benefits under certain programs such as:


LIFELINEDISABLED
MO HealthNet (f/k/a Medicaid)Veteran Administration Disability
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (Food stamps)State Blind Pension
Supplemental Security IncomeState Aid to Blind Persons
LIHEAPState Supplemental Disability Assistance
Federal Public Housing AssistanceFederal Social Security Disability
National School Free Lunch Program
T.A.N.F.
135% of the Federal Poverty Level
You may also qualify for Lifeline discounts if your annual income level meets 135% of the Federal Poverty Level.

To find out more about this assistance or to obtain an application form, please contact your voice telephony provider.



INFORMATION FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES:

THE ANNUAL NET JURISDICTIONAL REVENUE REPORT IS READY FOR 2015 CALENDAR YEAR. PLEASE SUBMIT ONLINE OR USE PRINTABLE FORM. DUE DATE FOR THIS ANNUAL REPORT IS 5/13/16.

Board approved Applications for Support can be obtained by clicking on the appropriate link below:
Missouri Application for Lifeline or Disabled Program
Missouri Application for Lifeline Program
Lifeline Proof of Eligibility Samples

8/12/14 - IMPORTANT NOTICE
ASSESSMENT RATE DECREASE EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2014...NEW RATE WILL BE 0.0010 (0.10%)
LOW INCOME AND DISABLED SUPPORT REIMBURSEMENT MAXIMUM INCREASED TO $6.50 EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2014

The Missouri Public Service Commission issued an order (Case No TO-2014-0333) decreasing the Missouri Universal Service Fund assessment rate from 0.0017 (0.17%) to 0.0010 (0.10%) EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2014. Telecommunications companies will need to modify charges to consumers by the effective date and then report using the new assessment rate for the October 2014 reporting period.

Monthly filers – Please begin remitting with the new rate when you submit your October 2014 Assessment Determination Remittance forms.

Quarterly filers – Please begin remitting with the new rate when you submit your 4th Quarter 2014 Assessment Determination Remittance forms.

Also included in the Commission order was approval to increase the reimbursement rate for low income and disabled subscribers to $6.50. Telecommunications approved by the Board to receive support should begin using the new form effective with the October 2014 Application for Support reporting period.

USING ONLINE SUBMISSION OF FORMS SAVES TIME AND REDUCES ERRORS. For those companies submitting their assessment forms online, the system will insert the correct rate based on the reporting period you enter on the online form. Forms entered for reporting periods prior to the month and quarter ending on 9/30/14 will calculate your amount due based on the 0.0017 (0.17%) rate; forms entered for reporting periods beginning with the month and quarter starting dates of 10/1/14 (and going forward) will calculate your amount due based on the new 0.0010 (0.10%) rate.

If you are not already registered to submit your forms online, please click here to be directed to the Online Form Submission section of the website. Once there, you will click on "Assessment Determination Remittance Form (ADRF)" or "Application for Support Eligibility (AFS)", then on the words "registration form" to register a username and password. Once your username and password registration is approved by the administrator, you will receive an email indicating your username and password is ready to use to submit your forms online. There will be a short delay between entering your registration and approval by the administrator. Please be advised that only one username and password can be registered for each telecommunications company. The following forms are available for online submission:
    • Assessment Determination Remittance Form. Once the form has been submitted online, simply send in your payment via check or electronic funds transfer (ACH or Wire) and your payment will be matched to the electronically-submitted form. Please be mindful of payment due dates...if applicable, late fees/penalties will be assessed based on when your payment is received not when you electronically submitted the form.
    • Application for Support Eligibility Form. This form applies to those certificated/registered telecommunications companies who have been approved by the Missouri Universal Service Board to receive support from the Fund for discounts provided to low income and disabled subscribers.
    • Annual Net Jurisdictional Revenue Form. This form applies to all certificated/registered telecommunications companies and is required to be filed annually with the administrator regardless of your net jurisdictional revenue level.