Pacific Telephone Company – an Inexpensive Prison Phone Service
A new and inexpensive way of calling friends and family is brought to inmates from Pacific Telephone Company. They can contact their near and dear ones, even if they are located far away, with such a prison phone service.
An FX or Foreign Exchange phone number can be installed on the subscriber’s existing telephone line or home line. Pacific Telephone Company installs this FX and makes it a local number for inmates calling from prison. There are no changes made to the telephone for the subscriber and he can continue to receive or make calls as before.
The inmate from the correctional facility can call the new FX number and not the previously existing number of the family or the subscriber. In order to access the FX line of the inmate must use the PAC or the Personal Access Code issued to him by the BOP or Bureau of Prisons. The BOP Prison phone system levies a charge of $0.06 for making such calls due to the fee charged for local call origination.
The call made by the inmate is then routed through the security system of the prison just like before, so that the SIS facility can record the call and monitor it. Thus, all requirements as per the BOP, Bureau of Prisons Program according to statement 5264 are followed. The call then reaches the central office of the local telephone company and the prisoner can get the service of prison phone calls in this way.
From the local telephone company, the call is passed on to the ICX, which is the Network Access Point belonging to Pacific Telecom and from here, it is seamlessly connected to the ITB channelized networking trunking system. After passing through this system, the call gets transmitted to the Network Hub Points of Pacific Telecom that are nearest in location to the home of the family or friend who has subscribed for the service.
The call is then passed through the normal phone lines from the Network HUB and reaches the local phone companies central office through the switch network access. This is the central office that is located at the nearest point to the subscriber’s home. The call can then be heard on the FX line of the local number of the subscriber in his home.
What are the Call Charges?
The call costs charged by Pacific Telephone as part of its network termination fees are as low as $0.06 for a minute. The inmate can make a call for fifteen minutes and will only be charged $1.80 for the call at $0.12 for a minute. This compares quite favorably with the charges made by the BOP, which come to $3.45 for a 15 minute call at the rate of $0.23 for one minute. When the subscriber opts for the FX telephone number (FXTN) from pacific Telephone, a fee of $1.25 is charged each month along with the usage fee of 6 cents per minute for any calls made.
The call can ring on any type of telephone, whether it is a PCS phone, home or office phone or a personal cell phone. This is the advantage of Pacific Telephone FX numbers. Another positive feature is that the number of minutes that are left unused by the subscriber at the end of the month do not expire, like in the case of other suppliers of prison phone service systems. In the case of subscribing with Pacific Telephone Company, there is no usage charge and the minutes can be carried over to the subsequent month.
The CAPUC, which is the State of California Public Utilities Commission, has registered the Pacific Telephone Company as a registered member with number #1110. In addition, the company is also registered with the FCC, or the Federal Communications Commission with the number FRN019494061. The company pays tariffs that are compulsory according to the FCC Universal Service Fund and based on regulation E911. Even if the subscriber wants an international long distance call from the inmate, it is possible to choose the option of the FX numbers from the Pacific Telephone Company, with the inmate being able to call any number located anywhere in the world.Prison Phone Calls.
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