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FCC Gives Guidance on Transition of the EBBP to the ACP

2022-01-12T13:45:06-05:00January 12, 2022|e-Lerts|

The FCC has been ramping up since November 2021 for the transition from the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP) to the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and has provided guidance in four separate releases on November 26, 2021, December 8, 2021, December 30, 2021, and January 7, 2022. Today we detail several key items from this guidance which includes a required customer notification, information for EBBP participating providers to navigate the transition to the ACP, and guidance on the interim rules governing the ACP. The biggest take-aways for JSI clients are:

  • The ACP became effective on December 31, 2021;
  • On non-tribal lands, the monthly support amount decreases to a maximum of $30 effective March 2, 2022. On tribal lands, the monthly support amount for eligible Tribal households remains unchanged at up to $75. For existing EBBP customers, the higher monthly support amount will remain in place during a 60-day transition that will end on March 1, 2022.
  • EBBP providers must notify customers about the transition from EBBP to ACP although a specific date for notifying the customer has not been established;
  • Eligible broadband service plans are no longer tied to plans offered on December 1, 2020; and
  • EBBP providers should continue to rely on EBBP rules until the new ACP rules’ effective date, which is not yet known.

Sending Required Customer Notifications
Providers participating in the EBBP must inform customers that the EBBP transitioned to the ACP effective December 31, 2021. There is no set date for when the customer notices must be sent, but the notice must include:

  • Announcement of the program transition from EBBP to ACP effective December 31, 2021;
  • The continued availability of their current EBBP support amount during the 60-day transition period;
  • The beginning and end dates of the 60-day transition period;
  • The available ACP support amounts after the 60-day transition period;
  • A statement that subscribers may switch service offerings at any time; and,
  • A statement that the subscriber will receive additional information after March 1, 2022, if they are required to take any steps to retain any benefits.

Navigating the Transition for EBBP Service Providers
Providers participating in the EBBP prior to December 31, 2021 were automatically transitioned to the ACP. However, providers do need to keep in mind that:

  • Eligible broadband service plans are no longer tied to the broadband plans participating providers offered on December 1, 2020;
  • ACP may be offered on any broadband service plan, regardless of whether it was offered prior to December 1, 2021;
  • Participating providers may expand ACP offers to new states or territories by filing the necessary approval applications and USAC election notices;
  • Participating providers must continue to retain documentation consistent with FCC rules;
  • ACP discounts must be available on at least one service offering; and
  • Participation in the ACP will continue to be voluntary.

Understanding the Interim Rules Governing the ACP
Until the FCC implements the ACP rules, participating providers should continue to rely of the EBBP rules except where they differ from the ACP provisions in the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). One major change from the IIJA is the change to the program’s qualifying criteria, which:

  • Eliminates COVID-19 substantial loss of income from the list of qualifying criteria for the ACP;
  • Includes the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) as a qualifying program; and
  • Increases the maximum income for qualifying based on household income from 135% to 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Until the FCC’s final ACP rules become effective, providers may not require an eligible household to submit to a credit check to apply for the ACP benefit.

Providers that wish to participate in ACP must submit an election notice to USAC, including evidence that they offer broadband service in the state they want to participate. Please contact one of the JSI staff members listed below if you have any questions about the election notice process for ACP.

The FCC intends to release its final ACP rules this month. JSI will keep you informed on these developments and plans to host a webinar once the FCC releases its final rules. If you have any questions about the transition to the ACP, please contact Liz Kayser at 512-338-0473 or Lans Chase at 770-569-2105.

Carrier Identification Code Reports Due January 31

2022-01-06T15:11:20-05:00January 6, 2022|e-Lerts|

Failure to submit the required semi-annual reports may result in CIC reclamation by NANPA

The semi-annual Carrier Identification Code (CIC) Entity Access and Usage reports covering the period from July 1 through December 31, 2021, are due to the North American Numbering Plan Administration (NANPA) CIC Administrator by January 31, 2022. These reports are the sole tool used by NANPA to confirm if a CIC is being used in accordance with the CIC Assignment Guidelines or to determine if a CIC is subject to reclamation by NANPA.

For purposes of usage and reporting, CICs are assigned as Direct Trunk Access Feature Group B or D (FG B / FG D) or Switchless Reseller. Companies assigned Direct Trunk Access CICs must have trunk access with a facilities-based LEC. The trunk access must be reported to NANPA by both the CIC assignee and the facilities-based LEC from which the CIC assignee purchases access. Holders of Switchless Reseller CICs must report the underlying carrier with which the CIC has FG D usage.

Companies also are reminded of several CIC-related items:

  • NANPA may initiate CIC reclamation if the required reports are not submitted
  • Make sure the CIC reports are accurate before submission as information provided is considered certified.
  • CICs must be used in the manner they were requested and assigned within the CIC guidelines.
  • Verify your company’s CIC contact on file with NANPA is current and accurate. If not, updates should be filed with NANPA.

For more information about the required reporting and how JSI’s CIC Management Service can help you better manage your CICs in the future, contact Lisa Cover in JSI’s Maryland office at 301-459-7590.

Accounting Analyst – MD, TX & MN

2022-01-20T05:55:51-05:00January 5, 2022|Career Opportunities|

JSI is seeking accounting analysts for its Greenbelt, MD headquarters, as well as its Austin, TX and Eagan, MN offices.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in development of state and federal regulatory financial reports
  • Prepare financial forecasts and monitor trends
  • Utilize program processes and controls necessary to file required studies with the state and federal associations
  • Coordinate with team on day-to-day projects, contact with client staff, respecting deadlines for assignments
  • Develop and sustain solid relationships with client personnel and identify opportunities to provide additional services
  • Contribute to design, preparation, and analysis of reports and findings in a clear, logical, and concise manner

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or financial management from an accredited college/university
  • Strong analytical skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to create and sustain meaningful client relationships
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Must be able to travel as needed
  • CPA highly desired

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

Valuation Director

2022-01-05T11:42:14-05:00January 5, 2022|Career Opportunities|

The Financial Services (FS) practice of JSI is looking to add talented financial professionals at the Director level to focus on managing the execution of client engagements and building out our portfolio valuation and fund advisory practice. While the primary execution and business development focus will be valuation, all members of the Financial Services are expected to facilitate our firm’s growth by cross-selling other FS broadly.

As the Valuation Director, primary activities will include:

  • Overall project management execution
  • Presenting analyses and conclusions internally and externally to our clients
  • Acting as the lead professional on engagements, which includes managing the day-to-day tasks of projects and serving as principal contact with client personnel
  • Managing client deliverables
  • Reviewing presentations
  • Participating in diligence meetings
  • Directing the efforts of Associates and Financial Analysts
  • Negotiating engagement documents
  • Networking with prospects to build revenue-producing relationships
  • Driving business development events and initiatives

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Leading business and financial due diligence sessions with clients;
  • Providing leadership and guidance towards valuing companies, businesses, and securities;
  • Leading the valuation review process;
  • Presenting valuation analyses and conclusions internally and externally;
  • Managing client deliverables;
  • The ability to assist in building and reviewing complex financial models (e.g., to value specific securities or transaction structures);
  • Assisting in quality control, execution, and industry consultation across the entire financial advisory services platform;
  • Creative content development thought leadership and collaboration across service lines;
  • Preparing fee proposals to clients, including scoping discussions, pitch materials, and internal engagement pricing committee memoranda;
  • Pitching engagements and leading in business development initiatives; and
  • Building relationships and maintaining direct contact with current and prospective clients.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate should be motivated, creative, commercially driven, and possess strong skills in overall project management, leading, managing, performing financial analysis, and business development. In addition, candidates must have a strong knowledge of finance and valuation. Candidates must also have strengths in applied financial theory, analytical capabilities, and verbal and written communication skills.

  • The ideal candidate will be highly motivated with an exceptional work ethic and have a demonstrated ability and desire to work cooperatively with team members and client professionals
  • Prior equity and/or debt valuation or related experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Advanced accounting, finance, financial modeling, and analytical abilities
  • Demonstrated experience managing Analysts/Associates or other personnel
  • Entrepreneurial attitude: desire and willingness to support a growing practice and contribute across the full suite of offerings
  • Strong command of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and standard database systems
  • BA/BS in Finance, Accounting, and a minimum of 8-10 years of experience in financial services
  • Master’s degree or progress towards an advanced degree a plus
  • CFA designation a plus
  • Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) or Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) designation a plus

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

IT Director – Greenbelt, MD

2022-01-17T07:36:54-05:00January 5, 2022|Career Opportunities|

JSI is looking for an experienced IT Director for its rapidly expanding company. The IT Director’s goal will be to provide effective and efficient technology solutions to meet the organization’s needs. The IT Director reports to CFO and ensures the user experience is both positive and predictable. The IT Director will have primary responsibility for implementing IT-related policies and procedures and ensuring the availability of necessary technical resources. The IT Director will manage both internal systems and resources, as well as outsourced vendor support. The IT Director will work closely with decision-makers across the organization to identify, recommend, develop, implement and support cost-effective technology solutions for all aspects of the organization. The IT Director will also define and implement IT policies, procedures, and best practices. This position is based in JSI’s Greenbelt, Md., headquarters.

The responsibilities of our IT Director include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify and implement appropriate technical solutions and promote a sustainable technology framework.
  • Oversee IT budget and allocate funds to meet organizational needs best.
  • Lead the IT department’s operational and strategic planning, including fostering innovation, planning projects, and organizing and negotiating the allocation of resources when applicable.
  • Develop and institute data management best practices and ensure employees are trained and up to date on procedures.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the organization’s IT infrastructure and applications.
  • Actively manage our MSP and other vendor relationships and ensure the vendor is accountable and performing with service-level agreements.
  • Work closely with colleagues and technology partners to support the server and network infrastructure.
  • Supervise IT department team members.
  • Support the implementation of IT initiatives as identified by the organization.
  • Primary support of key business applications. Manage application vendor support relationships to ensure the end users’ needs are met.
  • Determines security vulnerabilities and associated risks and ensures data security. Maintains disaster recovery systems and provides strategic solutions that increase data safety.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications/Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; degree in the field of computer science desirable.
  • Minimum of 10-12 years relevant work experience.
  • Highly proficient in MS Office suite, MS Windows Operating Systems, and core business software.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and relationship-building skills. Customer service-oriented.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, ability to present ideas in user-friendly language. Ability to train users and communicate procedures and changes related to technology.
  • Self-motivated and directed with strong organizational skills and a keen ability to prioritize and multi-task.
  • Excellent attention to detail, time management, and prioritization skills when faced with multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage vendor relationships and other IT staff.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision.
  • Experience with RPA a plus.

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.

Senior Policy Counsel – Maryland HQ

2022-01-05T11:40:28-05:00January 5, 2022|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 to six 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.

Business Advisory Services Director – Maryland HQ

2022-01-05T11:42:40-05:00January 5, 2022|Career Opportunities|

JSI, the leader in broadband solutions for Rural Service Providers, is seeking to hire a Director – Business Advisory Services for its Greenbelt, Maryland, office. JSI’s Business Advisory department assists telecom, broadband, and video/cable and wireless clients with various business operations, technical, marketing, and service expansion. The group ranges from being directly involved in the day-to-day operational process to supporting long-term technical planning. Many of the services in this group include implementing new regulatory rules operationally. The department also develops and negotiates agreements to assist the clients’ business, such as interconnection agreements for both voice and IP, end-user agreements, and pole attachment agreements.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or electrical engineering with experience in broadband networks
  • MBA highly preferred
  • Five (5) years of experience telecommunications or broadband services and operations
  • Working experience with IP Broadband networks including fiber and wireless networks
  • Three (3+) experience in managing people
  • Working knowledge of regulations, marketing/service pricing and of contracts
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Must be self-motivated
  • Experiences as an expert witness is a plus

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the team that can provide sound business advice to clients on how to grow their business by adding services and support the service launch with operational support
  • Managed the team that can help clients ongoing operations with operational best practices and with numbering services
  • Manage the team to provide methods and processes for implementing new regulatory rules, such as 911 rules, Robocall Mitigation, and mandatory pricing changes
  • Support clients in applying for grants and auction funding for broadband deployment
  • Manage the team that writes and negotiates agreements such as interconnection, end-user, video programming and other contracts that clients need to operate their business
  • Train, mentor and supervise a team of Business Advisory staff
  • 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.

Senior Financial Consultant

2022-01-05T11:40:18-05:00January 5, 2022|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

Senior Analyst, FP&A

2022-01-05T11:41:08-05:00January 5, 2022|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.

Business Advisory Services Consultant – Maryland HQ

2022-01-05T11:41:42-05:00January 5, 2022|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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