The Access Recovery Charge, or “ARC”, is a gradual, measured, monthly charge adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This multi-year transition fee is just one part of the Inter Carrier Compensation (ICC) Reform. The Access Recovery Charge is designed to recover increased network costs for access circuits used to provide service to customers. Overall, the ICC Reform is to facilitate a continued investment in the broadband infrastructure.
Summary as of July 1, 2018
Residential Line Accounts — $3.00 per month ARC fee
Single-line Business Accounts — $3.00 per month ARC fee
Multi-line Business Accounts — $3.00 per month ARC fee
(Note: The ARC fee will not be charged to Lifeline customers.)
Though the FCC Reform will impact Ben Lomand Connect/Vol First and our customers, we strive to give you the best products, services, and price. If you would like more information about the reform, please visit the FCC website or contact any of our local offices/numbers listed below.
Local office numbers
Additional local numbers
What is a capital credit?
Ben Lomand Telephone Cooperative is a non-profit membership corporation. This means the money received from members for services should be just enough to meet expenses. In practice, we operate the business to make a profit so we can be sure to have enough money to cover all expenses. To preserve our non-profit status, we return this profit to our members. Members are those customers who live in our cooperative service area, have landline phone service with us, and have paid a membership fee.
How are Capital Credits assigned?
When the books are closed and audited at the end of the year, the exact amount of profit is determined. This amount is then credited to the members based on the amount of business each member did with Ben Lomand that year.
How are Capital Credits paid?
Payment of Capital Credits is not automatic. Ben Lomand’s Board of Directors decides when to pay the credits based on the financial condition of the organization.
Taxes on Capital Credits
Ben Lomand does not report Capital Credit assignment or payment of Capital Credits to the IRS. These amounts are considered to be a refund of overpayment of services. Your Capital Credit refund however, may or may not be taxable depending on your tax filing status. Please contact your advisor for more information.
When you move
Capital Credit checks are mailed to the last known address. Please stay in touch if you move, so you can be assured of receiving your checks in the years to come. To report a change of address, contact any service representative in our business office. Capital Credit refund checks that are not cashed are sent to the State of Tennessee as unclaimed property after 3 years. All dormant checks are subject to a yearly handling fee that is deducted from the amount of the check before it is turned over to the state.
In Case of Separation or Divorce
Checks are payable to the person(s) whose name is on the membership, regardless of who pays the bill. In the case of a separation or divorce, the person continuing to occupy the residence should contact the business office to change the membership name, if necessary.
In Case of Death
In the case of a single membership, at the time of death, all Capital Credits are payable to the estate. The executor of the estate should report the death to our business office.
In case of a Joint Membership
When one member dies, a change in the membership name must be made to ensure the future capital credits can be cashed by the surviving member.
Explanation of your Telephone Bill
This is the basic charge for unlimited local calling. It includes all equipment needed between the central office and your home. It also includes access to a long-distance company, access to directory assistance, and directory listing.
This fee is collected and sent to the county you live in to support access to emergency assistance such as fire, and ambulance.
Federal Universal Charge
This charge is the method in which the telephone company recovers its contribution to the Universal Service Fund. This fund supports programs such as Lifeline, schools, and libraries.
FCC Access Charge
This mandatory charge applies to every telephone and appears as a separate line item on telephone bills. This charge is applied whether or not the user ever places a long-distance call over the network. Access charges differ for residential and business users, and single lines versus multiple line users.
The Access Recovery Charge or “ARC” is a gradual, measured, monthly charge adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This multi-year transition fee is just one part of the Inter Carrier Compensation (ICC) Reform. The Access Recovery Charge is designed to recover increased network costs for access circuits used to provide service to customers. Overall, the ICC Reform is to facilitate a continued investment in the broadband infrastructure.
Go to our website for more information regarding online billing (SmartHub).
For secure payment by phone call (855) 874-5356. American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover accepted.
Billing & Collection
The first bill sent to a new customer is for the service already used (from the date of the installation to the billing date) plus one month in advance. The billing date appears on the first page of the bill. Bills are due and payable when rendered. Bills are past due 15 days from the billing date.
NOTE: Past due bills are subject to disconnect without further notice. Your service may be disconnected for failure to pay any portion of the bill. When service is disconnected for nonpayment, a charge is made for restoral after complete payment of the amount due.
Non-Sufficient Fund Checks
Upon receipt of an NSF check from the bank, you will be notified. NSF checks are not re-deposited unless it is a bank error. A handling charge will be collected for NSF checks. If the NSF check results in the disconnection of the telephone service, a reconnection charge will also apply.
A fee will be charged to reconnect service.
What is it?
- Provides trouble isolation and repair of customers Inside Wires and Jacks (must be installed in compliance with FCC local building and fire codes).
Why do I want it?
- Think of it as a maintenance plan you might select for your major appliances, electronics, etc.
- For just $2.00 per month, you can avoid the $40.00 trip charge you would incur if you need to call for telephone repair service.
- You will receive professional installation and repair from the trained staff at Ben Lomand.
What does it cover?
- If you experience problems such as: static on the line, cutoffs, cannot hear, etc., your wire maintenance agreement will cover the charge for a professional to come to your home, evaluate, and repair the problem (provided the problem is caused by the wiring or jacks). The technician may also be able to suggest an alternative to solve the trouble.
What doesn’t it cover?
- Repair of the telephone set.
- The inside wire and jacks must have been originally installed based on FCC local building and fire codes.
- Buried cable between buildings not installed by the telephone company.
- New Installation locations.
|Antigua (pay phones only)||#2|
|Barbados (pay phones only)||1-800-888-8000|
|(from Gomel & Mogilev)||8*-10-800-103|
|Belize (pay phones)||815|
|British Virgin Islands + ~||1-800-999-9000|
|Canada (CC) &||1-800-674-2121|
|Chile (CC) using CTC^||800-207-300|
|Chile using ENTEL^||123-00316|
|China (CC) %||108-12|
|Czech Republic (CC) %22||00-42-000112|
|Dominican Republic (CC)||1-800-999-9000|
|Egypt (CC)~ within Cairo||355-5770|
|Egypt (CC)~ outside Cairo||02-355-5770|
|French Antilles (CC)$||190019|
|Federated States of Micronesia||624|
|Haiti (CC)+||001-800-444-1234 or 190|
|Hong Kong (CC)||800-1121|
|Iran+||Special Phones Only|
|Jamaica (select hotels)||873|
|Japan~ using KDD^||0039-121|
|Japan~ using IDC^||0066-55-121|
|Korea (CC) using KT^||009-14|
|Korea using DACOM^||0039-12|
|Korea phone booths+||Red button 03, then press *|
|Lebanon (CC)+ using BLC network||600-624|
|Lebanon using PTT within Beirut||425-036|
|Lebanon using PPT outside Beirut||01-425-036|
|Netherlands Antilles (CC)+||001-800-950-1022|
|Nicaragua (CC) within Managua||166|
|Nicaragua outside Managua||02-166|
|Papau New Guinea (CC)||05-07-19140|
|Puerto Rico (CC)&||1-800-674-2121|
|San Marino (CC)~||172-1022|
|Saudia Arabia (CC)||1-800-11|
|Slovak Republic (CC)||00-42-000112|
|South Africa (CC)||0800-99-0011|
|Sri Lanka within Colombo||440100|
|Sri Lanka outside Colombo||01-440100|
|Trinidad & Tobago||Special Phones Only|
|Turks & Caicos||1-800-888-8000|
|United Arab Emirates||800-11|
|United Kingdom using BT^||0800-89-0222|
|United Kingdom using MERCURY^||0500-89-0222|
|U.S. Virgin Islands (CC)&||1-800-674-2121|
|Vatican City (CC)||172-1022|
|(CC)||Inter- and Intra- country calling available|
|+||Not available from all phones|
|*||Wait for second dial tone|
|^||International telecommunications carrier|
|%22||Not available from public pay phones|
|~||Public phones may require deposit of coin or phone card for dial tone|
|%||Available from most major cities|
|&||Use the 800 card access number on the back of your BLC calling card|
What is the Lifeline Program?
Established by the FCC to ensure that telephone service is available and affordable for low-income telephone subscribers. Administered by the TN Regulatory Authority, the Lifeline program reduces the monthly local service portion of your telephone bill. Lifeline does not assist with the long-distance portion of your bill or with special features such as Caller ID or Call Waiting.
Do you need help paying for telephone service?
If so, you may be eligible to enroll in the Lifeline program if you participate in one of the following (Tennessee criteria):
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA)
- Veterans Pension or Survivor’s Pension
- Income-based eligibility
- Additional eligibility programs for Tribal lands
There are two ways to apply for Lifeline
- If you receive one of any of the available public assistance programs, call Ben Lomand Connect to provide you with an application.
- If you “DO NOT” receive public assistance, you may qualify if your total household gross monthly income is at or below the guidelines.
Tennessee Public Utility Commission (TPUC)
502 Deaderick Street 4th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
815-0318 — Warren Co. & McMinnville
738-0318 — White Co.
692-0318 — Grundy Co.
467-0318 — Pelham
946-0318 — Van Buren Co.
596-0318 — Hillsboro
394-0318 — Beech Grove
Voice Mail Options
Press 1 to get NEW MESSAGES
1 = Repeat message
2 = Save message
3 = Delete message
4 = Reply to message
5 = Copy message
# = Leave as new message and go to next message
* = Back to main menu
Press 2 to SEND a MESSAGE
– Enter 10 digit number or group list then press # #
– Record message and press #
– To send message press #
Press 3 to work with GREETINGS MENU
1 = Personal greeting
2 = Extended absence greeting
3 = System generated greeting or change recording of name
5 = Greeting they will hear while you’re on the phone
6 = Out of hours greeting
* = Exit Menu
Press 4 to change MAILBOX SETTINGS
1 = Work w/group list
2 = Hands free and time saver options
3 = Security options
5 = Notification options
6 = Additional settings
* = Exit Menu
Press 6 to hear DELETED MESSAGES
1 = Repeat
2 = Restore
3 = Permanently delete
4 = Reply
5 = Send a copy
Leave Mailbox & Logon as another Subscriber
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– Enter pin code followed by #
– Dial 0
To EXIT Mailbox
– Dial *
All users will need to dial into their voice mail to initialize their new mailbox. Messages will not be able to be retrieved until mailbox is initialized.