Definitions for "Access Charges"
are the fees charged by the owner of a transmission or distribution network to producers that want to gain access to the grid.
Access charges can apply to both long-distance calling cards or your regular long-distance service. These fees are charged by local carriers to their customers for using the local network to place and receive long-distance calls. These charges may be made to both your long-distance carrier as well as to you, the consumer. The charge to the consumer is called subscriber line charge, or SLC, and is a flat monthly charge. For additional information, take a look at PICC below.
Charges a long distance provider pays to a local telecommunications company to complete long distance calls.