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What is TAF?

The Public Service Commission (PSC) of New York on June 2, 1998 in its "Order and Opinion 98-10", ordered the establishment of the Targeted Accessibility Fund, Inc (TAF). The TAF was designed to fund the following services: "Enhanced 911" (E911), "Telecommunications Relay Service" (TRS) for the hearing and speech impaired, and "Lifeline Service." Subsequently on September 25, 1998 the PSC ordered in case 96-C-1174 also to provide limited funding for "Public Interest Payphones" thru TAF.

TAF started functioning as ordered on October 1998. The TAF also as ordered by the PSC is administered by the New York Intrastate Access Settlement Pool, Inc. (Pool) and is governed by an Advisory Board in accordance with the PSC Order. The Advisory Board supervises the Pool activities associated with the implementation of TAF. The administrator is responsible for:
  • Publishing TAF "procedures" and "reporting forms"
  • Processing, review, and audit TAF data.
  • Billing and collection of TAF payments.
  • Conduct day to day operations and advise Board
  • Disbursement of TAF Settlements to participating carriers.

    As ordered by the PSC, the TAF shall be funded by all regulated Telecommunication providers (this excludes Cellular and PCS) operating in the state of New York, based upon relative net revenues.

    Enhanced 911 costs recoverable from the TAF include:
  • Costs incurred by database administration associated with the initial loading of data to its data base.
  • Initial loading and recurring costs for other local companies for collecting, processing and submitting data to the data base operator.
  • Trunking costs from the serving central office to the E911 tandem and the costs of two free trunks for the E911 tandem to Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs.)

    Telecommunications Relay Systems costs recoverable from the TAF include:
  • Cost of the TRS Operating Center & Auxiliary Relay.
  • Costs associated with TRS Board meetings.
  • Costs of auditing provider data and other Commission authorized TRS functions.

    Lifeline Service funding shall be made available for both the incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs) and the facility-based competitor, equal to the difference between the incumbentís non-lifeline and Lifeline rates.

    Public Interest Payphone (PIP) limited funding for each PIP capped at an amount equal to the recurring and local usage charges for a public access line service, as approved by the Director of Communications of the Department of Public Service.
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    October reporting dates
    Monthly reporting due
    10/22/2021
    Invoices mailed
    11/01/2021
    Payments due to TAF
    11/19/2021
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    For payment inquiries please contact the TAF Staff
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    TAF phone:
    518 443-2808
    TAF fax:
    518 443-2809

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