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22 11, 2021

Webinar: Benefiting from the Broadband Infrastructure Bonanza, Dec. 7

2021-11-22T13:47:17-05:00November 22, 2021|Webinars|

Now is the time to prepare for this historic opportunity

The federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides $65 billion for broadband-related infrastructure over the next five years, including nearly $42.5 billion in state grants to be used for broadband buildout projects. The availability of this much money is already drawing the attention of non-traditional broadband providers, many of whom will be clamoring to get a slice of the broadband pie. Although the funds will not start flowing out until 2022, now is the time to educate yourself about what will be available, how it can be used, and what you can do now to prepare for a successful future.

Join us for a special webinar on Tuesday, December 7 at 2 p.m. EST to learn more about the infrastructure bill and the sea change this is going to cause in our industry. JSI experts Douglas Meredith and Carl Perry will be discussing:

  • How the money will be divided between traditional providers and new entrants, including electric cooperatives;
  • Priorities for each program;
  • Possible timing of program funding;
  • Ways to best position yourself for the changes this money is going to trigger (here’s a hint, the answer is fiber); and
  • How to prepare for ongoing funding needs after FY2026.

Registration for this webinar is $249 per company. (Can’t make it on the 7th? We offer recordings of our webinars as well.)

Register

Contact Brenda Cordwell in JSI’s Maryland office at 240-556-1295 for more information about this webinar or questions about registration.

22 11, 2021

FCC Seeks Comment on the Affordable Connectivity Program

2021-11-22T10:38:19-05:00November 22, 2021|e-Lerts|

On November 18, 2021, the FCC issued a Public Notice seeking comment on its implementation of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). The ACP is part of the enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and expands and modifies the current Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP) with a $14.2 billion appropriation and changes to the household eligibility requirements. The Commission seeks comment on how to transition from the EBBP to the ACP and welcomes input on how the ACP will operate as a long-term program. Comments are due December 8, 2021. Reply comments are due December 28, 2021.

The biggest change from the EBBP to the ACP is the monthly support amount for households located on non-tribal lands. This monthly support will decline from $50 per month to $30 per month. (The monthly benefit for eligible Tribal households remains unchanged at $75.) The effective start date of the ACP is established in the Act and will be December 31, 2021. There will be a 60-day transition from the EBBP benefit to the lower ACP benefit.

One provision of the ACP allows an enhanced benefit above the standard non-tribal $30 per month benefit, up to $75 per month for households served by providers in “high-cost areas” and where the provider can show a “particular economic hardship.” How providers in high-cost areas benefit from this provision is one area where the Commission seeks industry input.

JSI will be tracking this docket closely and will provide further details as the rules for the transition to the new ACP are finalized. If you have questions about the ACP or would like JSI to assist with filing comments, please contact Lans Chase at 770-569-2105, Liz Kayser at 512-338-0473, or Douglas Meredith at 801-294-4576.

19 11, 2021

Senior Policy Counsel – Maryland HQ

2021-11-23T17:02:47-05:00November 19, 2021|Career Opportunities|

JSI is hiring a Senior Policy Counsel in its Greenbelt, MD office for our Regulatory Affairs Department, which assists telecom, broadband, and video/cable and wireless clients comply with a host of federal and state rules and regulations, including assessing regulations and their impact; design and enactment of effective compliance procedures; and assistance in filing required applications and waivers.  The Senior Policy Counsel will oversee a federal USAC compliance team, including a Staff Consultant and Paralegal, as well as other team members who handle USAC compliance matters.  The Senior Policy Counsel will also oversee compliance with USAC’s federal broadband testing and HUBB reporting.

The Senior Policy Counsel will also have responsibilities for working with colleagues, the Vice President, and others in the firm to develop new service offerings for current and potential clients.

Qualificationa:

  • JD and bar admittance
  • Three years’ legal experience in the telecommunications industry with two years administering and advising on federal USAC programs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with experience drafting legal and regulatory documents
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to work with a diverse staff across geographic regions and departments
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Entrepreneurial and team-based mindset
  • Program and team management experience

At JSI, you will have a career that is rewarding and challenging on every level of the organization. JSI is committed to providing our employees with:

  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • A diverse, dynamic, and stimulating work environment
  • Educational opportunities
  • Work-life balance
  • A competitive salary and benefits package

Interested candidates should send a resume to Kai Velasquez.

18 11, 2021

Senior Financial Consultant

2021-11-18T08:51:42-05:00November 18, 2021|Career Opportunities|

JSI seeks a senior financial consultant for its Greenbelt, Maryland, headquarters.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide analytical evaluation for both tactical and ad-hoc business opportunities
  • Interface with our clients’ C-level staff to provide financial counsel
  • Formulate and shepherd long-range strategic business planning and business performance optimization
  • Track and forecast funds status, run reports and reconcile financial transaction data in support of daily operations
  • Lead quantitative development of business case documentation (e.g., needs analysis, cost/benefit analysis)
  • Identify and suggest process improvement opportunities
  • Develop work products that clearly synthesize information into recommendations for clients
  • Facilitate client meetings to gather data and understand client needs and desired outcomes

Requirements:

  •  Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance required
  • Advanced Degree in Accounting or Finance a plus
  • Must possess both financial acumen and a demonstrated background in the development and execution of multi-faceted business plans
  • Proven track record in developing strong relationships with clients, prospects, and business partners
  • Years of experience: minimum five years of financial services experience
  • Deep dedication to client satisfaction
  • Strong analytical, organizational, presentation, and digital literacy
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential

At JSI, you will have a career that is rewarding and challenging on every level of the organization. JSI is committed to providing our employees with:

  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • A diverse, dynamic, and stimulating work environment
  • Educational opportunities
  • Work-life balance
  • A competitive salary and benefits package

Ready to talk to us? Send resume to kvelasquez@jsitel.com

18 11, 2021

Senior Accountant – Maryland HQ

2021-11-18T08:45:50-05:00November 18, 2021|Career Opportunities|

JSI has an opportunity in Maryland headquarters for a Senior Accountant. The Senior Accountant will be responsible for day-to-day accounting operations and the month-end close process, including generating financial statements, preparing account reconciliations, performing variance analysis, executing internal controls, ensuring the accuracy and completeness of accounting information, and reporting financial results management. The position reports to the Controller.

Education and Qualifications

  • BA/BS in Accounting required
  • CPA strongly preferred
  • Minimum 6+ years of accounting experience
  • Strong working knowledge of US GAAP, including revenue recognition
  • Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills
  • Strong organization skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Self-starter
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills

Responsibilities

  • Prepare month-end, quarter-end, and year-end journal entries
  • Prepare monthly balance sheet account reconciliations and follow schedules
  • Cash receipts processing and posting
  • Prepare schedules that support the monthly revenue accrual
  • Assist with external audit requests
  • Prepare sale tax returns for multiple states
  • Post and reconcile payroll entries
  • Assist with monthly reporting variance analysis
  • Perform ad hoc analysis and special projects as requested
  • Maintain fixed asset schedules
  • Maintain the accuracy of the general ledger
  • Ensure all accounting records, policies, and practices are processed and stored according to company practice
  • Assist with account receivable and accounts payable workload

At JSI, you will have a career that is rewarding and challenging on every level of the organization. JSI is committed to providing our employees with:

  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • A diverse, dynamic, and stimulating work environment
  • Educational opportunities
  • Work-life balance
  • A competitive salary and benefits package

Ready to talk to us? Send your resume to kvelasquez@jsitel.com or tbullock@jsitel.com.

16 11, 2021

Reminder: New Rules Governing Blocked Calls Take Effect Jan. 1

2021-11-17T12:13:46-05:00November 16, 2021|e-Lerts|

Clients should prepare now for compliance

Carriers that are blocking suspected illegal robocalls from entering their networks and reaching customers must begin sending response codes to the caller beginning January 1, 2022. The FCC’s Fourth Report and Order – Advanced Methods to Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls requires any terminating provider that blocks calls, either itself or through a third-party blocking service, to immediately return an appropriate response code to the origination point of the call. All voice service providers in the call path must also transmit the response code.

The required response codes will vary based on the blocking carrier’s type of network. The appropriate response codes are:

  • Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) code 607 or 608 for a call terminating on an IP network
  • ISDN User Part (ISUP) code 21 with the cause location “user” for a call terminating on a non-IP network
  • When a code transmits from an IP network to a non-IP network, SIP codes 607 and 608 must map to ISUP code 21
  • When a code transmits from a non-IP network to an IP network, ISUP code 21 must map to SIP code 603, 607, or 608 where the cause location is “user.”

All voice service providers must make the necessary software upgrades and configuration changes to ensure that these codes translate properly when a call moves between TDM and IP-based networks.

Unless the FCC issues waivers for small carriers or delays the effective date, the requirement begins January 1, 2022. Contact Bridget Alexander White at 301-459-7590 if you have any questions regarding this requirement or any other robocall mitigation efforts.

12 11, 2021

Regulatory Paralegal

2021-11-12T14:30:48-05:00November 12, 2021|Career Opportunities|

JSI is hiring a Regulatory Paralegal for our Greenbelt, Maryland office. JSI’s Regulatory Affairs Department assists telecom, broadband, and video/cable and wireless clients comply with a host of federal and state rules and regulations, including assessing regulations and their impact; design and enactment of effective compliance procedures; and assistance in filing required applications and waivers.

As our Regulatory Paralegal, you will assist staff with drafting and submitting filings for submission at the FCC, State public utility/service commissions, or other agencies, facilitating the company’s compliance with applicable regulatory requirements, including analytical legal research as requested, and proofreading and cite-checking documents. You will also track filings and hearing dates, schedule conferences and interviews, and will need to communicate orally and in writing with others inside and outside the organization to obtain and deliver information.

The Regulatory Paralegal will also maintain and track state and federal filing procedures and deadlines, including monitoring the Federal Register, FCC Daily Digest, and other sources for deadlines. This role also requires providing project management support to the Department and developing and managing compliance and project tracking system for the Department. Other responsibilities may include developing and maintaining templates for forms and documents, including but not limited to checklists, cover letters, requests for confidentiality, correspondence, and disclosure statements the Regulatory Department routinely use.

Qualification:

  • Paralegal certificate preferred. Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 3+ years of relevant experience as a paralegal and/or equivalent experience in a law firm or corporate setting or a J.D. from an accredited law school
  • Proficiency in software programs such as Microsoft Office (Outlook, Teams, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) and Adobe Acrobat
  • Project management experience including using cloud-based software to manage projects and workflows
  • Excellent organization skills and the ability to manage simultaneous assignments in a fast-paced, dynamic, and high-volume environment
  • Experience handling matters for telecommunications companies before the FCC or State commissions and familiarity with various filing requirements and systems
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, as well as attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently based on general guidance and experience and ability to work collaboratively
  • Must be self-motivated

It is an exciting time to be in the communications business, and we are looking for new talent who brings innovative ideas and skillsets to help our clients.  Our diverse staff includes accountants, financial experts, lawyers, engineers, writers, entrepreneurs, MBAs, program leaders, and project managers.  JSI is growing and expanding into new business lines, and we want you to be a part of our future; if you are passionate about contributing your skills, knowledge, and experience to impact the business directly, we want to talk to you.

At JSI, you will have a career that is rewarding and challenging on every level of the organization. JSI is committed to providing our employees with:

  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • A diverse, dynamic, and stimulating work environment
  • Educational opportunities
  • Work-life balance
  • A competitive salary and benefits package

Interested candidates should send a resume to Kai Velasquez.

12 11, 2021

Senior Analyst, FP&A

2021-11-12T14:32:06-05:00November 12, 2021|Career Opportunities|

JSI is looking for an experienced and energetic Senior Analyst, FP&A. As the Senior Analyst, you will report to the Senior Director of FP&A. This highly visible role will have an opportunity to work with divisional leaders and the executive leadership team in providing insightful information, reporting, and analysis to support the company’s strategic goals, planning, and growth initiatives.

Primary responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

  • Building and maintaining Excel-based models;
  • Developing business unit level and product level budgets, projections, and forecasts;
  • Developing consolidated corporate level performance measurement and reporting;
  • Providing insightful financial and business analytics;
  • Supporting business leaders in meeting and exceeding their revenue and profitability targets;
  • Creating executive-level presentations; and
  • Supporting M&A activities.

The ideal candidate is a highly motivated and self-driven individual with a solid analytical mindset who can perform and deliver data-driven decision support and be able to:

  • Develop comprehensive revenue and profitability analysis by comparing with corresponding budgets; present and review analysis with business leaders; and drill down by practice areas, product lines, and divisions to figure out the source of variances and articulate the root cause.
  • Work with the functional leaders, develop forecasts for the remainder of the fiscal year by various practice areas and product lines.
  • Deploy a bottoms-up approach and aggregate data in Excel to provide a realistic view of revenue and profitability for the entire year.
  • Have proficiency in developing and executing SQL and/or Excel pivot tables to pull data from T&E and other SQL Server databases. Must be comfortable in slicing and dicing data into different views to perform ad-hoc analysis.
  • Update, maintain and enhance weekly and monthly performance and financial results reporting packages. Need to run effective review meetings with VPs of the company.
  • Develop monthly corporate consolidated performance and reporting packet by aggregating analysis performed at divisional and functional levels. Provide executive-level commentary on variances and various trends.
  • Support the Senior Director, FP&A, and Corporate CFO on potential acquisitions by providing financial due diligence and developing proforma models.
  • Have a deep understanding of debt covenants and the cash inflow/outflow pattern to develop and maintain a 13-week cash forecast.
  • Collaborate with the accounting team, billing team, and other shared services to execute the month-end close process.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration, Math, or related field
  • 3 to 5 years of relevant experience
  • Planning, budgeting, and reporting experience in consulting/service industry
  • MBA and/or CFA designation or in the process of obtaining the designation (preferred)
  • Advanced Excel skill with the ability to write (or record) basic VBA scripts (preferred)
  • Working knowledge of SQLs and SQL Server database

At JSI, you will have a career that is rewarding and challenging on every level of the organization. JSI is committed to providing our employees with:

  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • A diverse, dynamic, and stimulating work environment
  • Educational opportunities
  • Work-life balance
  • A competitive salary and benefits package

Ready to talk to us? Send resume to kvelasquez@jsitel.com.

12 11, 2021

Valuation Analyst

2021-11-12T14:31:20-05:00November 12, 2021|Career Opportunities|

JSI is growing, and we are looking for a Valuation Analyst with three to five years of experience. You will bring your strong analytical skills, strong writing skills, and the ability to multi-task. You value and are motivated and capable of working independently as well as collaborating with a team.

 In this position you will be responsible for conducting:

  • Financial analyses and modelling for acquisitions using discounted cash flow
  • Market-approach and transaction-approach analyses
  • Purchase price allocations
  • Business unit and asset impairment valuations for telecom companies

To be successful, you will be expected to track and analyze merger and acquisition (M&A) activities, track and analyze business trends in the telecommunications/information technology industries, and maintain related information and financial analysis databases.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Conduct financial analyses and modeling
  • Perform valuation analysis on a range of mostly private telecommunications entities using accepted and relevant approaches and theory
  • Design and work with financial models for discounted cash flow, market multiple, and market transaction analyses
  • Independently gather data pertinent to the engagement through direct client interaction and client site visits
  • Assist in preparing and presenting the results of our analysis in a clear and concise manner
  • Conduct business trend and financial research in telecommunications/IT industries
  • Conduct merger and acquisition activity research in the telecommunications/IT industries, including in-depth client, industry, market and competitor research
  • Contribute directly to the development of proposals, presentations and publications communicated to current and prospective clients
  • Perform due diligence and data site management for buy/sell-side transactions

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelors and/or master’s degree required: Finance, Business Administration, Accounting, Economics, Quantitative Finance, Financial Engineering, or a related field of study
  • CPA and/or MBA preferred
  • Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) or Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation a plus
  • 3-5 years of experience in valuation work with a strong understanding of accounting principles
  • Proficient in MS Suite to include Excel and Word
  • Strong analytical, comprehension and problem-solving skills, as well as strong verbal and written skills with an ability to prioritize work

Ready to talk to us? Send your resume to kvelasquez@jsitel.com or tbullock@jsitel.com.

12 11, 2021

Business Advisory Services Consultant – Maryland HQ

2021-11-12T14:32:28-05:00November 12, 2021|Career Opportunities|

JSI is seeking to hire a Business Advisory Services Consultant for its Greenbelt, Maryland, office. JSI’s Business Advisory department assists telecom, broadband, video/cable, and wireless clients on various business operations, technical, marketing, and service expansion. This consultant position will focus on advising clients on broadband business issues to improve the clients’ operations and profitability. The position would advise on technical, cost, pricing, and operational topics.

Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or Engineering with a master’s in business administration or similar business training
  • Five (5) years of experience with a broadband, communications, or IT services company
  • Knowledgeable on the factors that make a broadband business profitable, including technologies, services, cost controls, and pricing
  • Experience with implementing new services and technologies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Must be self-motivated

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Providing sound business advice to broadband clients on how to grow their business by adding services and support. Continue to support client through the implementation of the recommendations.
  • Support clients’ ongoing operations with operational best practices.
  • Research technical options to support roll out of new services or regulatory reporting and help clients select the option that best meets their needs.
  • Inform clients of industry changes and events that may potentially impact them through drafting brief and succinct emailed notices known as “e-Lerts.”
  • Develop analyses that identify key business opportunities and risks and provide recommendations.
  • Proactively develop and promote new services for the Business Advisory Department and the company.
  • Provide technical and operational advice and support to multidisciplinary teams at JSI.

At JSI, you will have a career that is rewarding and challenging on every level of the organization. JSI is committed to providing our employees with:

  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • A diverse, dynamic, and stimulating work environment
  • Educational opportunities
  • Work-life balance
  • A competitive salary and benefits package

Interested candidates should send a resume to Kai Velasquez.

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