On December 14, 2020, the FCC released the proposed contribution factor for the first quarter of 2021 at 31.8 percent. The contribution factor requires telecommunications companies to pay a percentage of their interstate end-user revenues to the Universal Service Fund. The FCC announcement also “…emphasizes that carriers may not mark up federal universal service line-item amounts above the contribution factor.  Thus carriers may not, during the first quarter of 2021, recover through a federal universal service line item an amount that exceeds 31.8% of the interstate telecommunications charges on a customer’s bill.”
 
The first quarter 2021 contribution factor Public Notice can be viewed here.