Will Anatel end Telephone Popular? Understand the decision!

Telephone Popular is a government benefit to grant access to the population who do not have their own line. Understand Anatel's decision!

The National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) is reevaluating the telecommunications scenario in Brazil, with a special focus on whether or not the Telephone Popular program will be maintained.

Therefore, those who use this government program should be aware of the possibility of the benefit ending. Come and understand what motivated this decision!

Do you use Telephone Popular? Find out if it’s true that it will end and stay tuned! / Photo: publicity.

In principle, Telephone Popular is an initiative that allows low-income families registered in the Federal Government’s Single Registry to access a fixed telephone service at a reduced rate.

For a monthly cost, beneficiaries can enjoy a 90-minute allowance per month to make local calls to other landlines.

It is worth noting that this service does not cover calls to cell phones, long distance or international, and credits must be added for such calls.

Now, to be eligible for Telephone Popular, it is essential to be registered in the Single Registry, regardless of family income.

At the time of the request, it is necessary to provide the Social Identification Number (NIS) and CPF. Indigenous families can present the Indigenous Administrative Birth Registry (RANI).

Furthermore, Telephone Popular can be purchased through the call center or directly at telephone dealership stores.

The price of the service varies between R$13.00 and R$15.00, depending on state taxes and the dealership’s service region.

Although installation is carried out within 7 days of ordering, there may be an installation fee, the value of which varies from R$28.00 to R$185.00, depending on the location.

Changes in sight

The Popular Telephone program, or Special Class Individual Access (AICE), is under the microscope of Anatel due to its low demand.

Through a public consultation, Anatel exposes the possibility of ending this service, which was initially created to guarantee telephone accessibility at reduced prices for low-income families.

Despite being a commendable initiative, the reality is that adherence to the program has decreased significantly.

Anatel’s proposal, therefore, not only suggests the end of Telephone Popular, but also revisits the operation of payphones and the definition of local areas, with the intention of adapting to the sector’s new demands and technologies.

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How does this impact beneficiaries?

In short, this decision could have diverse implications, both for fixed-line telephone concessionaires and small providers, especially with regard to interconnection rules.

Anatel seeks to promote a more equitable environment, where networks can be shared, encouraging competition and, therefore, the improvement of services.

The main reason behind the reevaluation of Telephone Popular is its low adoption, which contrasts with the increase in CadÚnico.

Furthermore, the decrease in the sale of inductive cards for payphones points to a change in consumer behavior, who are increasingly opting for more modern and practical communication alternatives.

Anatel manifestation

Finally, Anatel invites the population to participate in the public consultation, expressing opinions and suggestions, in an effort to ensure that the decisions taken are in harmony with the needs and expectations of Brazilians.

This movement reflects the search for a balance between technological evolution and ensuring access and quality in telecommunications services for everyone.

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