Tele Circuit Network Corporation found in 2003 with its head office located at Duluth GA. Tele Circuit started its operations as a prepaid Long Distance provider which led company a huge success. Tele Circuit offer consumers simple and affordable prepaid home phone plans, a variety of prepaid service plans, easy-to-use calling features and high-quality customer service. Given its pricing and marketing strategy and the demographics of other, similar MVNOs’ customers, Tele Circuit anticipates that many of its customers will be from low-income backgrounds and will not previously have enjoyed access to home phone service because of economic constraints, poor credit history, or sporadic employment. Tele Circuit does not conduct credit checks or require customers to enter into long-term service contracts as a prerequisite to obtaining home phone service. Tele Circuit allows customers to choose a prepaid plan in which they are charged only for the chosen plan.
Lifeline Program
Universal service has been a fundamental component of U.S. telecommunications policy since adoption of the Act over 70 years ago. Section 254 of the Act codified that commitment in 1996, and embodies the Commission’s historical commitment to the concept of universal service, including for low-income consumers. Section 254(b) sets forth the principles upon which the Commission shall base its policies for the promotion and advancement of universal service. These principles require the Commission to ensure that all consumers, including low-income consumers, have access to telecommunications services at affordable and reasonably comparable rates. As part of those universal service support programs, Lifeline support helps defray the monthly costs of telecommunications services for low-income consumers by providing them with discounts off the monthly cost of telephone service, with additional discounts available for individuals living on tribal lands. While generally praising the Low-Income program’s success, the Commission has noted that “there is more that we can do to make telephone service affordable for more low-income households,” and has specifically targeted telephone subscription among low income consumers as one area for improvement. To increase awareness of the program, the Commission has expanded the qualifying criteria and adopted broader outreach guidelines, requiring carriers to better advertise the availability of Lifeline services. Through these actions, the Commission has sought to increase Lifeline participation because “When consumers are able to only intermittently remain on the network, they are not fully connected to society and the economy...The Commission has found that the low-income program ‘provide[s] the best source of assistance for individuals to obtain and retain universal service, and, therefore, help maintain and improve telephone subscribership’ and fulfill our obligations under Section 254 of the Act.”. Tele Circuit offer its Lifeline service in the states where it is designated as an ETC and throughout the coverage area of its underlying carrier.