The Universal Service Fund is an Agency under the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology mandated to ensure access to information and communication tools to facilitate development. In 2005, the USF began operation as the Universal Access Company Limited following a Ministerial Order which mandated that all domestic telecommunications providers are obligated to collect a universal service levy on all inbound telephone calls.
The levy is imposed on International calls terminating on local networks. Calls terminating on fixed lines incur a levy of US$0.03 and US$0.02 on mobile lines. The funding acquired from this levy is used to further our mission to provide universal access to all Jamaicans, regardless of age, class or geographic location. We are committed to ensuring that one of the greatest developmental tools in the world is available to our citizens in order to create a complete knowledge-based society that we all can be proud of.