The Louisiana Supreme Court has affirmed an order of the Louisiana Public Service Commission establishing a state universal service fee for telecommunications service providers operating in the state. T-Mobile, a wireless provider operating in Louisiana, appealed the LPSC’s order, arguing that the USF fee constituted a tax and, thus, the LPSC lacked jurisdictional authority to mandate the charge. The Supreme Court disagreed, finding that the charge constituted a fee, not a tax, and that the LPSC had the jurisdiction to impose a USF fee under both the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and the Louisiana Constitution.  A copy of the decision is available at the following link: