Re: What are all those surcharges & fees on my bill?
Administrative Fee: a fee imposed by AT&T to cover operational costs (rather than raising the overall rate.) (Not legally required.)
City Utility Users Surcharge: a surcharge imposed by your city for the use of utilities. (Legally required by your city.)
Federsal Universal Service Charge: a charge created in 1996 by the FCC to ensure, preserve, and advance universal service. (It's essentially a tax to ensure that schools, hospitals and libraries have access to the internet/telecom, and advancing technology.) (Legally required by the Federal Government.)
Regulator Cost Recovery Charge: a charge to help cover the cost for providers to comply with Federal, state and local regulatory requirements.
County 911 Service Fee: a fee imposed by your county that is used to fund the 911 emergency telecommunications services in your area. (Legally required by your county)
City Sales Tax - Telecom: a tax imposed by your city on telecommunications. (Legally required by your city.)
State 911 Service Fee: a fee imposed by your state used to fund 911 emergency telecommunications services in your state. (Legally required by your state.)
WA State Sales Tax - Telecom: a tax imposed by your state on telecommunications. (Legally Required by your State.)