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Universal Service Fund

In 2012, the Universal Service Fund (USF) replaced and assumed the responsibility of the Universal Access Fund Company Limited (UAF), which was established in 2005 with the main objective of collecting and managing the service levy from companies operating in the local telecommunications sector, on international calls terminating in Jamaica. Its mandate had its genesis with the Telecommunications Act, 2000 and was a subsidiary of Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) Limited.

The USF is a statutory entity geared at facilitating the provision of universal access to the information superhighway by accelerating the deployment of broadband services island-wide. The USF also covers the collection of universal service obligation (USO) levy and funding for the E-Learning Project.