Founded in 1959, Franklin Telephone Company is a privately owned enterprise that is responsible for operating the telephone system in various counties in Mississippi. The company maintains a fiber-optic cable network of more than 500 miles within its various exchange areas. Franklin Telephone Company also provides voice, data, Internet and digital cable television services. It coordinates Lifeline and Link-Up programs, which assist low-income individuals to pay their telephone bills and are part of the federal Universal Service Fund program. Franklin Telephone Company offers services under the SnapPhone, SnapNet and SnapVideo brand names.