GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Universal Service Fund assessment level, on an interim basis, may increase from 2.4% to 2.7% of gross intrastate retail revenues for telecommunications services for the 2023 fiscal year, a June 2 Wyoming Public Service Commission notice stated.

Statewide, the imputed price benchmark would be $30.

The notice said the decision is subject to notice, protest, intervention, change, further investigation, opportunity for hearing and further order of the Commission. Anyone who wants to file a statement, intervention, protest or request for a contested case hearing in this matter must do so in writing by July 1.

Residents can review the publicly available documents relating to the Wyoming Universal Service Fund at the Commission’s offices during regular business hours or online at dms.wyo.gov/external/publicusers.aspx (enter Record No. 16983).

Customers who want to compute the change in their monthly bill can contact their telecommunications provider or the commission during regular business hours.

Petitioners must note both why there are grounds for an intervention or request for a hearing and what their position and interest is in the proceeding. They are asked to note the docket number, which is 90072-49-XO-22.

If a request for a hearing is granted, there will be an additional intervention period, the notice stated.

Individuals who want to participate and need reasonable accommodation for a disability can call the commission at 307-777-7427 or write to 2515 Warren Ave., Suite 300, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002. People who have communications impairments may contact the commission through Wyoming Relay at 711.

The Wyoming Telecommunications Act of 1995 authorized the fund to assist local exchange carriers that provide essential phone services in areas of Wyoming where customers have to pay higher rates for phone service, the commission’s website said.