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AT&Tís Property Tax Allotment increase restarts the surcharge merry-go-round

  • TC2 Blog
  • 5/16/2012
  • David Rohde

Here come more changes in the percentage-based surcharge line-up. AT&T has just increased its “Property Tax Allotment” fee from 3.17% to 4.05% of applicable revenues, effective May 1. More changes in the percentage-based federal surcharges, either from the other carriers in answer to AT&T’s property tax move, or from AT&T itself on other fees, are likely to come.

How does AT&T know that the property taxes it pays on all of its POPs and telco central offices, split among all of its customers, now comes to a rather amazing 4.05% of the kinds of revenues on which you also pay universal service surcharges?