ANSWERED: Understanding taxes, fees and other charges on your Comcast bill
From time to time, we may adjust service prices and fees. These increases help us consistently improve our network, products and services, as well as cover the rising costs to our business.
You may not realize that we pay programmers like Fox, ESPN, HBO® and others to be able to bring you their programming. Programming fees - what we pay to programmers - are one of our largest costs and increase regularly. Changes to the fees we charge ensure your access to top networks and the latest entertainment.
We're sharing this information to be more transparent about what drives changes in your bill. Below is a list of common fees, taxes and other charges, along with their explanations.
Other ChargesBroadcast TV Fee
The Broadcast TV Fee is an itemized charge that you'll see on your bill. This charge is not a government-mandated fee and will increase from time to time. It is based on our costs of providing the local broadcast stations that we carry on our cable systems in each area. These costs include the fees that the broadcast stations charge us to carry them on our cable systems, which are among our largest increasing costs. The Broadcast TV Fee is not included as a part of our promotional pricing or pricing under your minimum-term agreement and can increase during your promotion or minimum-term. You'll receive advance notice before an increase takes effect.
Federal Universal Service Fund (FUSF)
This charge is imposed by Comcast to recover its contribution to the FUSF, which is a federal fund that ensures the availability of affordable communications services to low-income and rural customers (as well as eligible schools, libraries and health care providers). It is neither government-mandated nor a tax. The Federal Communications Commission modifies the contribution rate on a quarterly basis; the rate is published at https://www.fcc.gov/general/contribution-factor-quarterly-filings-universal-service-fund-usf-management-support.
Other Service Providers
Third-party companies, such as Netflix, billed through your monthly bill may increase their pricing from time to time. Each third-party company is responsible for notifying you of their price change. Their adjusted pricing will be reflected on your monthly bill.
Regional Sports Fee
The Regional Sports Fee is an itemized charge that you'll see on your bill. This charge is not a government-mandated fee and will increase from time to time. It's based on our costs of providing the regional sports networks that we carry on our cable systems in each area. These costs include the fees that regional sports networks charge us to carry them on our cable systems, which are among our largest increasing costs. The Regional Sports Fee is not included in our promotional pricing or pricing under your minimum-term agreement and can increase during your promotion or minimum-term. You'll receive advance notice before an increase takes effect.
Regulatory Cost Recovery
This fee is assessed by Comcast to recover the cost of certain federal, state, and/or local impositions related to voice and video service. It is neither government-mandated nor a tax.
If you rent your TV Box, modem or voice equipment from Xfinity, you may see a separate line item on your monthly bill. Your equipment rental fee could be included in your service charge or be provided as part of a promotion, in which case you may not see a separate charge for that equipment. However, depending on your package, we may charge separately for the equipment. If you are receiving equipment under a promotion, you will be charged the rental fee for that equipment when your promotion ends. This rental fee may change from time to time, and you will receive advance notice before an increase takes effect.
State Universal Service Fund
This charge recovers Comcast’s required contribution to your state’s Universal Service Fund, which is a state fund that ensures the availability of affordable communications services to low-income and rural customers (as well as eligible schools, libraries and health care providers).
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Taxes, Fees and Surcharges911 Fee
This fee helps states and localities fund their 911 and E911 systems, along with other emergency services. The amount of this fee varies by state, and in some states the fee may vary by locality. This fee represents a greater part of what the state or local governments charge us based on voice services.
Charged only in New Mexico, this tax is imposed on live pay per view professional sporting/athletic contests. The purpose of the fee is to cover the costs associated with regulating any professional contest conducted live in the state.
Fees collected annually by the FCC from cable operators to reimburse the FCC for administering its regulatory responsibilities under the Communications Act of 1934. FCC rules permit cable operators to recover the regulatory fees from cable subscribers in 12 monthly installments.
Federal Excise Tax
The federal government requires this tax on some types of voice services.
Franchise fees are paid to local governments as compensation for Comcast's use of the public rights-of-way and easements. The Federal Cable Act authorizes cable operators to collect from customers the full amount of franchise fees paid to local governments.
Local Utility User Tax
Some local governments impose this tax on users of certain communications and/or video services.
Public, Educ & Govt Fee
Public, educational and governmental (PEG) access channel fees are assessed by cable franchising authorities for costs associated with those local channels.
State and Local Communications Services Taxes
These state or local taxes are imposed on communications services such as voice, data, audio or TV services.
State and Local Gross Receipts
This tax is imposed by state and local governments on Comcast's gross revenues. We assess these taxes to recover the costs of certain state and local taxes that we're charged. These taxes vary by state and in some states, the tax may vary by locality. The fee we charge you is not government-mandated, but these costs are outside our control and so are passed through to our customers. This fee may change from time to time.
State and Local Sales Tax
Sales tax varies by state, and in some states, it may vary by locality.
State Excise Tax
Some state governments impose this tax on video or voice services.