Messaging carrier surcharges


Emily Champion


Starting in November 2020, we'll no longer be applying blended network access fees to traffic across all Messaging products. Instead, we'll pass along exact carrier surcharges as unique line items on your invoice. This will affect the Local A2P, Short Code, and Canada blended network access fees.

Why did Bandwidth originally go with blended network access fees for Local A2P and Canada?

Originally, we decided to implement a blended network access fee instead of per-carrier surcharges to provide a predictable billing model for our customers. 

Why is Bandwidth switching to the per-carrier billing method? 

Based on customer feedback as well as the proposed carrier surcharge methods. As additional carriers begin implementing their new routes, the convenience and predictability of the flat-rate model doesn't  outweigh the transparency of per-carrier surcharge billing. With both factors in mind, we've decided to implement per-carrier surcharges across all products. 

If I prefer blended network access fees, can I still be billed using that method?

No. All customers will now be billed according to the per-carrier surcharge model.

Will my bill increase or decrease?

It’s likely that you'll either see no significant change or a slight decrease in your monthly bill for Local A2P and Canadian surcharges.

When will I first see this change?

This change will be reflected on your December 7th invoice. 

Can I see the carrier name in the MDR to predict surcharges ahead of time each month?

While Message Detail Records (MDRs) shouldn't be used to reconcile invoices, you can view the carrier name in MDRs as a tool to estimate an approximate range of surcharges you may see on your invoice.

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