This surcharge helps fund communication solutions for hearing- and speech-impaired individuals.
The surcharge does not apply with Remote Call Forwarding service.
A relay service makes sure messages are relayed between a hearing-impaired customer with a Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) and someone who does not have a TDD. As a side note, the Telecommunications Relay Service is required by Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and to the extent possible, must be "functionally equivalent" to standard telephone services.
This surcharge is collected by Brightspeed and paid to the appropriate state authority. The state authorities use the funds collected to provide telecommunications services for those with special needs.
In some states, this surcharge may appear on the bill combined with other similar surcharges, including:
Taxes and fees
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