ALBANY, N.Y. (1/14/08)--The Universal Sharing Network (UsNet) board of directors announced a 5% reduction in the price of in-network member verification charges. The decrease in price took effect Jan. 1 and is the second reduction in four years. Forty-six credit unions are active in the network. Collectively, they offer 97 UsNet-sponsored CU Service Centers in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. More than 11 CU Service Centers have contracted to open this year. UsNet is part of a national network of credit unions committed to expanding services to their members through CO-OP Shared Branching. Members of participating credit unions can do business from any CU Service Center in New York and in the U.S.--a total of 2,900 locations in 46 states. Shared branching also is available in Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Ecuador and Puerto Rico.