A Glossary of the Charges You Pay When Subscribing a Digital Service

A Glossary of the Charges You Pay When Subscribing a Digital Service

TV, Internet, or Home Phone—Begin to learn more about the charges you pay when subscribing to any of the digital services for your residential or commercial purpose. Let us walk you through some of the essential charges, surcharges, penalties, and fees you are levied, when you pay the monthly bill for any of the services you have subscribed to as a single play plan, or as a double play or triple play bundle.


Here is a list of some most significant charges and fee, you see on your monthly billing:


Acquisition Fee


An acquisition fee is charged by the digital service provider to cover the expenses, usually of the administrative variety, that they incur in arranging the services for the user.


Activation Fee


It is a one-time fee that a company charges upon the creation of a new account for any service to a new user. For example, a TV, Internet, or phone service provider may charge a user an activation fee in addition to the first month's bill.


Additional Charges


Sometimes, digital service providers may adjust maintenance charges, extra taxes, or burden of area-related line loss charges as additional charges into your bill.


Broadcast Fee


A broadcast fee may be charged by a TV service provider to provide access to local channel broadcast networks which are not included in your base package price. Usually, these charges are not imposed by the federal or local government.


Early Termination Fee


Digital services providers may bind you in a contract for a specific period when you subscribe to their services. In case the subscriber wants to leave the contract in the mid of the period, an early termination fee is charged as an incentive for the other party and as a penalty for the user in terms of the violation of the agreement.


Equipment Fee


It is the fee levied by the provider in case any equipment has been leased to or bought by the subscriber.


Installation Charges


These are the one-time charges which are required to pay at the time of installation of the equipment for the service subscribed.


Landline Charges


It is a monthly fee charged against the subscription of the home phone service.


Late Payment Fee


In case the subscriber doesn’t pay the monthly recurring payment, a late payment fee is added in the cill of the coming month.


Overage Fee


All internet services provider doesn’t offer any data capping. In the case of the limited allowance of the data for the usage exceeds, the internet services charge a data overage fee.


Recovery Fee


It is obsolete now. But, earlier it was an extra charged fee that usually went towards the maintenance and expansion of the network.


Recurring Billing


A subscription allows the subscription services to charge users a service as a one-time fee or recurring payments every month, quarterly, or bi-annual. So, the charges after a pre-defined period charged to a user against a subscription of the service are called recurring billing.


Rental Fee


It is also a type of equipment fee when the service providers issue user equipment such as DVR, modem, or Wi-Fi router on rent.


Sales tax


It is a tax on the sale of every digital service paid by the consumer.




These are the mandatory taxes imposed by the government such as 911 Emergency Service, Telecommunication Relay, and Toll-Free number charges.




Value Added Tax or VAT is a consumption tax placed on the digital services subscribed by the customer imposed by the government.

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*Please see plans, pricing, and features details at the providers’ page.