Community based providers are more and more venturing into video services to generate revenue, remain competitive, and offer customers a diverse array of services. And, while the video business may be "deregulated," rolling out "entertainment" services brings a full set of rules and regulations. From FCC reporting mandates, to copyright filings, to local franchise requirements, JSI is well-equipped to assist. On the video side, providers must respond to franchise, retransmission, programming, and related agreements, not to mention, customer notice, reporting, and recordkeeping and technical requirements. In addition to copyright statements and royalty fees, which must be filed semi-annually, JSI develops company-specific video compliance manuals and assists with required notices and agreements, as well as recurring filings, such as: state franchise authority-certificate amendments, cable community registration (FCC Form 322), signal leakage (FCC Form 320), cable EEO annual report (FCC Form 396-C), broadband reporting (FCC Form 477), FCC and broadcast TV station notifications, and the negotiation of retransmission, pole attachment, and leased access programming agreements. JSI also helps to determine how to best set up service tiers and programming offerings to reduce the amount of copyright royalty fees paid each year.
To help manage your business, JSI can conduct an on-site review of your video/cable system to ensure compliance. During this review, JSI will consult on your overall video operations and inspect the many agreements that companies are required to maintain, such as public inspection files, EEO public files, retransmission and programming agreements. The review concludes with JSI's findings and recommendations. JSI can also help community based companies and cooperatives with video/cable business development, building detailed business cases for the acquisition of existing cable facilities, reselling satellite-delivered services, and IPTV deployment. JSI also vigilantly monitors FCC proceedings for new and changing rules, such as closed captioning, video programming, and broadband census-tract reporting.
With some pursuits, it may be that the rules can be "broken or bent," but in the video arena, if you break the rules, you're out of the game. If you understand the urgency of playing by the rules and desire the peace of mind that comes in relying on the most knowledgeable video players, JSI is just the teammate you're looking for. For more information about JSI's video services, contact John Becci (firstname.lastname@example.org) in JSI's Maryland office, at 301-459-7590.