The Alaska Universal Service Administrative Company (AUSAC) is a member-based nonprofit corporation. AUSAC is the administrator of the Alaska Universal Service Fund, which was established by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (formerly the Alaska Public Utilities Commission) on December 29, 1998. (Dockets Nos. R-97-5/R-97-6/U-98-168) AUSAC members are companies who provide intrastate telecommunications services in Alaska.
Effective January 1, 2017 AUSF Surcharge Rate 14.2%
Wanda Tankersley (ILEC) – President
Shawn Uschmann (Facility-based IXC with Wholesale Tariff) – Vice President
Tabitha Gregory (ILEC) – Secretary/Treasurer
Robert Dunn (Other Telecom Providers)
Rick Hitz (CLEC)
Lisa Phillips (Wireless Telecom Providers)
Emily Thatcher (IXC)
TA24-998 LO #L1700089 March 9, 2017 Approves interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to be included in the AUSF contribution base effective March 8, 2017. TA24-998 LO L1700089 030917.pdf
Effective August 1, 2011, most Alaskans will see changes in their phone bills as a result of new regulations supported by the telecommunications industry and adopted by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska in Docket R-08-003. These regulations allow the pricing for telephone calls within Alaska to approach the prices that apply to out-of-state calls. An adjustment to the state universal surcharge that is spread among all types of telecommunication customers is required to implement this long overdue reform.
Long distance rates for calls in Alaska will decline significantly and long distance companies have already introduced instate calling plans with rates and features that closely mirror their most economical interstate plans.
The regulations also provide economic support for rural Carriers of Last Resort. This support will enable local telephone companies, even in the most remote areas of Alaska, to maintain the essential infrastructure that connects customers to the local, wireless, and long distance networks.
The surcharge applies to local, instate long distance, and wireless service. Additionally, the Network Access Fee paid by each end user will increase to $3.69 in Anchorage (not including Eagle River) and $3.75 elsewhere, eventually rising to $5.75 over four years.