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Subscriber Line Charge
This flat monthly charge was established by a U.S. congressional ruling related to the 1983 Bell System settlement. It was intended to reduce the level of access charges long distance providers pay local phone companies for the use of local networks, therefore promoting competition among long distance providers.
What is it?
It's the part of interstate long-distance rates that pay for some of the cost of the local portion of the telephone network.
The subscriber line charge helps local telephone companies recover some of the costs associated with connecting telephone lines to your home or business. Long distance carriers take advantage of those local lines to connect their long distance calls, and this charge contributes the infrastructure needed to make the telecommunication system work. Regulated by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), this fee is assessed to all incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) end users.
Also known as:
FCC-Approved Customer Line Charge
FCC Subscriber Line Charge
Interstate Subscriber Line Charge
Customer Subscriber Line Charge
Federal Line Fee
Interstate Access Surcharge
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