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Expanding services with minimal expense requires strategic business plans, network assessments, market analysis and pricing, affiliate and interconnection agreements, and regulatory support. JSI has been a trusted business partner for more than half a century and offers a full array of business development consulting services designed to help you make the most of your competitive opportunities and challenges.  Branching into exciting new services can be a daunting task, but JSI’s team of staff experts is well versed in all aspects of the strategic planning, build-out, implementation, and promotional stages along the way.

Services

Successful service launches begin with thorough research of the market and current business opportunities. JSI is equipped to provide comprehensive business and financial analyses, including:

  • New Business Opportunities
  • Business Case Development/Financial Analysis
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Pricing Analysis
  • Multi-Year Financial Projections
  • Network/Infrastructure Considerations
  • Geographic Review
  • Toll, Local Calling Plan and EAS Analysis
  • Technology Decisions
  • Primary Market Research
  • Market Surveys & Focus Groups

For more information, please contact Valerie Wimer, Bhavini Sokhey, or Brian Sullivan at 301-459-7590.

Independent providers face unprecedented threats when providing competitive video services. Your company must consider financial, investment, operational, programming and technological issues to determine whether “video is the answer” for you. Many companies are now looking at out of the box options when adding video to their service mix.

JSI’s staff specializes in customized, thorough video business case analyses. JSI will work with you to evaluate and build a detailed financial business case to help determine the impact of video services provisioning on your company’s financial well-being. Our analysis includes:

  • Multi-year Financial Statement Projections
  • Return on Investment Analysis
  • Partnering Opportunities
  • Information to Assist in Securing Debt Financing

Venturing into the video business is complex, our team will assist you in each phase of implementation. Our knowledge and experience will help you create a successful, long-term strategy that allows you to compete with larger providers. JSI provides support in:

  • Technology Analysis & Decisions
  • Programming Decisions
  • Developing Back-Office Systems and Support
  • Compliance and Regulatory Requirements
  • Service Pricing and Bundles
  • Over-the-Top Video (OTT) Cost Solutions

Contact Valerie Wimer or Bhavini Sokhey at 301-459-7590 for more information on JSI’s video business strategies.

The speed of technology requires providers to continuously look at new lines of business to meet customer needs and demands. To increase your odds of success, you must do your homework before deploying any new product or service. JSI’s experts can provide insight from concept to implementation to management. We can help you consider:

  • Business Viability
  • Competition
  • Resources Allocation
  • Financial Expectations and Ramifications
  • Regulatory Considerations
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Policy & Rules Documentation

For more information, please contact Valerie Wimer at 301-459-7590.

If you are looking to expand your footprint, JSI offers clients complete support in implementing and managing a CLEC or VoIP operation. Our knowledge of the planning, implementation, and management processes accelerates your speed to market, reduces service launch complications, and promotes effective marketing. CLEC and VoIP studies and implementation services include:

  • Business Case Analysis
  • Implementation Plan & Timelines
  • Interconnection Agreements
  • Negotiate Partner & Provider Contracts
  • Marketing Support
  • Service Pricing and Bundling
  • On-Going Process and Renewal Checklists
  • Tariffs
  • Customer Contracts

Contact Valerie Wimer at 301-459-7590 for more information on our CLEC studies and implementation services.

Local Number Portability (LNP) continues to evolve, particularly now that we’re moving toward an all-IP network. JSI provides LNP and numbering services that support companies’ day-to-day porting requirements, including:

  • Service Order Administration (SOA) management, which allows clients to submit requests online for numbers to be ported in NPAC
  • LNP training to broaden your staff’s understanding of LNP requirements, as well as those of other providers operating within your service area
  • LNP compliance with interconnection agreements and FCC rules

JSI also is active in the national standards committees such as the NANC and the LNPA-WG that are shaping the future of LNP and represents the views and interests of its clients. To ensure clients are up to date on important LNP issues being discussed by these industry working groups, changes to numbering and porting as the industry moves to an all-IP network and all aspects of the LNPA vendor transition, JSI offers “The LNP Essentials” bundle. The bundle subscription includes our monthly newsletter, The LNP Standard, one free annual webinar, quarterly LNP conference calls and special publications.

For information about LNP training, compliance or “The LNP Essentials” bundle, contact Bridget Alexander. For number porting and SOA management, contact Karen Hoffman. Both can be reached at 301-459-7590.

JSI offers an array of database and code management resources to improve the routing and essential billing of calls coming through your network. Your company will benefit from our years of experience with these reporting requirements, allowing you to rest assured that your network details will be addressed, your customer calls will be completed, and you will be able to effectively and accurately bill for the calls on your network:

  • Obtaining NPA-NXX codes and thousands-block assignments from NANPA and the Pooling Administrator
  • Updating the BIRRDS database with routing and rating information for the LERG
  • Obtaining OCN, CLLI, ACNA and other company identifying numbers
  • Managing CIC code administration and filings
  • Filing Numbering Resource Utilization/Forecasts (NRUF) and FCC Mandatory Pooling Forecasts
  • Updating NECA’s FCC Tariff 4 database for managing billing percent and wire center records
  • Providing monthly NPA-NXX Code Activation Reports (NNCAR) in an easily searchable online format

JSI also can help you properly reflect your network changes when undergoing a switch collapse or migrating to an IP network.

Contact Karen Hoffman for assistance with numbering and database management services or Bridget Alexander for help managing your company’s CIC. Both can be reached at 301-459-7590.

JSI’s Rural Health Care (RHC) outreach solutions package provides accurate information that you can use to familiarize your local healthcare facilities with the Healthcare Connect Fund. The package explains how healthcare facilities can partner with providers to provide better medical care through affordable, federally subsidized broadband access.

The RHC outreach solutions package includes materials customized for your company and community:

  • Outreach Letter – Contact facility administrators, board members and technology officers directly about the Healthcare Connect Fund and its importance for the community.
  • Presentation Materials – Conduct face-to-face meetings with the help of a presentation outlining the program details.
  • Talking Points – Field media inquiries, provide updates at business forums and educate employees about the program with key program details.
  • Handout – Provide a concise summary of important program benefits, information and dates.

For more information about the RHC outreach package, please contact Dee Dee Longenecker at 512-338-0473.

With schools eager to expand their networks, and competitors aggressively marketing E-rate solutions, the time is ripe to develop a well-conceived strategy for delivering E-rate services. JSI can help you capture your local schools’ and libraries’ E-rate dollars. Our experienced team has assisted clients with E-rate questions and planning since the program’s 1996 inception. Among the E-rate services we offer are:
  • Monitoring Form 470 Requests on USAC’s Website (our “E-Rate Connect Service”)
  • Customized Telco Training
  • E-rate Marketing Plans
  • Identifying Eligible and Non-eligible Services
  • Composing and Negotiating Service & Maintenance Contracts
  • USAC-Required Reporting
  • Developing Quotes or Bids for Services
  • Calculation of Educational discounts, Taxes, Fees & Surcharges
  • Tracking E-rate Funding Commitments
  • Compliance Guidelines & Forms for Gift Giving
  • Educational Service Tariffs
  • Audit Responses & Record Retention Compliance

For more information on any of JSI’s E-rate services, contact Dee Dee Longenecker in JSI’s Texas office at 512-338-0473.

JSI works with clients to document their business arrangements in a manner that is enforceable and compliant with FCC regulations as they add deregulated services, partner with new companies, and assert their interconnection rights. JSI can develop and negotiate agreements and also help enforce the terms of those agreements throughout its duration. We have the experience and expertise to help you negotiate:

  • Interconnection Agreements (including those between ILECs and wireless providers)
  • Inter-Company Agreements
  • Ethernet Agreements
  • End-User Agreements
  • Pole & Conduit Agreements
  • Programming Agreements
  • Fiber & Facilities Leases
  • Partnership Agreements
  • Wholesale Network Agreements
  • Service Level Agreements
  • Affiliate Transaction Agreements
  • FCC Arbitration Proceedings
  • Other Agreements

For additional information on agreements, negotiations or arbitration, please contact Valerie Wimer or John Kuykendall at 301-459-7590, or Lans Chase at 770-569-2105.

Increasing competition and market-force dynamics makes marketing and branding key to success for community based telecom providers. It is critical to connect with your customers and fine tune all parts of your image – your logo, your marketing materials, your employees’ interaction with customers, and even how your CSRs answer the phone. To customers, who you are and what you do are every bit as important as the products and services you sell.

In cooperation with our partner, Plus One Strategic Communications, JSI can assist with marketing plans, strategies, campaigns, and initiatives to enhance your company’s image and make it “top of mind” with customers:

  • Company Logos
  • Product Brands and Logos
  • Message Creation / Content Development
  • Marketing Collateral
  • Website Development
  • Social Media

For more details about our marketing services, contact Brenda Cordwell at 301-459-7590.

All telecom providers – ILECs, CLECs, cable TV, wireless, and VoIP providers – strive to provide services at a value that beats the competition while still generating a profit. This can be difficult when local service benchmarks are increasing along with NECA charges. JSI can help determine your competitor’s true price beyond the promotional rates, plus analyze your company’s costs to best structure the services offered to customers. JSI can perform:
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Service Cost Analysis
  • End-User Call Analysis
  • Toll, Local and EAS Studies
  • Pricing and Multi-Year Pricing Recommendations
  • Recommendations on Service Descriptions and Bundles

To learn more about our service pricing and bundling methodologies, contact Valerie Wimer at 301-459-7590.

The world’s telecom networks are quickly moving from time division multiplexing (TDM) to Internet Protocol (IP) technologies. Unlike other technology transitions, this one not only has challenges on making the technology work, but it is also driving many regulatory changes. It is also forcing the telecommunications world to actually integrate with the data world. JSI can help ease the transition by providing assistance with:
  • Network Architecture Migration
  • Numbering & Routing Changes
  • Navigating Interconnection Arrangements with IP Trunking
  • Complying with Current Tariffs with New IP Technologies
  • Discontinuing Services that are No Longer Needed in the IP World
  • Leveraging the Benefits of IP

For more details about our IP transition services, contact Valerie Wimer 301-459-7590.

Broadband providers must meet several regulatory requirements, and with recent changes to Net Neutrality rules, the FCC’s spotlight is clearly on these items.

JSI can craft and modify appropriate policies and notifications outlining how your company handles identity theft protection, network management, and copyright infringement.

As well, your website could be putting your company at risk of federal enforcement. It not only needs to inform your customers about your services, but also must include information about your network policies, company practices, and acceptable use disclosures. JSI’s Website Compliance Review Service audits your site to ensure that it is up to date with the necessary and recommended disclosures and policies regarding:

  • Net Neutrality
  • CALEA
  • Red Flag Requirements
  • Privacy & Security

For assistance with broadband policies and notifications, contact Cassandra Heyne. To request a full website review, contact Terri Parrilla. Both can be reached at 301-459-7590.

All companies should maintain a comprehensive and accurate Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) to help make a very stressful situation tolerable, reduce chaos, and minimize service disruption. JSI offers an EOP template which helps companies capture and retain all of the information necessary in an emergency situation, including:

  • Resources, data and assets to be protected, and who, at the company, is responsible for that protection
  • Company contacts for all types of emergencies, including third parties to contact for assistance
  • A general preparedness checklist
  • Insurance information for all types of emergency situations – cyber, assets, loss of business
  • Communications plan for both internal and external communications
  • Company restoration policies
  • Record retention policies
  • All state and federal rules and regulations that need to be complied during a service outage

The EOP template also includes data and cyber security emergency preparedness guidelines, a data breach incident response plan, and an active shooter response plan.

If you would like more information about JSI’s Emergency Operations Plan template, please contact Dee Dee Longenecker in JSI’s Texas office at 512-338-0473.

Today’s successful telecom companies have strong, well-trained front-line sales associates, as well as a company-wide sales culture. JSI can provide best practices and training tailored for your company’s needs and help you establish or revamp your consumer and business sales divisions.

  • Sales Management
  • Training Options
  • Best Practice Playbook
  • Staffing Services & Hiring Guide
  • New Hire Training Guide
  • Sales Compensation Plans

For more information, contact Traci Brunner at 281-665-8170.

Why JSI

  • JSI is a proactive partner, closely attuned to the financial, technological, business and policy developments unfolding across the industry.
  • Our team regularly meets with the FCC and PUC staff on regulatory initiatives and provides expert testimony in federal and state proceedings.
  • JSI plays a prominent role in industry and association forums and champions the interests of community based independent providers as policy is debated and formed.
  • Our staff is knowledgeable, accessible and consistently receives positive feedback.
  • We give back to the industry and local communities through various charitable activities.

What Clients Say

Though we are probably not one of their largest customers, they treat us like we are their only customer. They are always there and prompt when we need them to help us navigate this most complex industry. We are fortunate to have them as a partner.
Jeff Leslie, ITS Telecom

 

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