Register Now for JSI’s 2022 Fall Financial Seminar

2022-06-16T18:25:21-04:00June 16, 2022|Financial Seminars, News|

The FCC’s never-ending changes to the universal service and access charge regimes continue to complicate the cost-settlement system and significantly impact your settlements and revenue streams.

A clear understanding of cost allocations and how to maximize cost recovery will, therefore, be essential to your company’s continued success – particularly given the current pressures on your revenue streams.

JSI’s Fall Financial Seminar focuses on responding to changes in the revenue streams associated with today’s broadband network, including NECA settlements, regulated and non-regulated allocations, intercarrier compensation, and external sources of funding.

Key Information:

  • Registration Cost:
    • $1,100 per Person through August 15, 2022 (Early Bird Rate)
    • $1,200 per Person after August 15, 2022
  • Schedule:
    • Wednesday, September 14, 2022 | 8:30 am-5:00 pm (CDT)
    • Thursday, September 15, 2022 | 8:30 am-5:00 pm (CDT)
    • Friday, September 16, 2022 | 8:30 am-12:00 pm (CDT)

Register Now:

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Topics to Be Covered:

  • An overview of the FCC rules that impact revenues and other financial results for rural LECs and other providers of voice and broadband telecommunications:
    • Part 32 (Uniform System of Accounts – USOA)
    • Part 64 – Non-Regulated Allocations and Affiliate Transactions
    • Parts 36 and 69 – Separations and Access
  • National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA) Reviews and Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) Audits
  • A high-level overview of the cost study and cost allocation processes, including the analysis of the telephone network, operating expenses, and other inputs
  • Broadband:
    • Potential policy shifts
    • Current and proposed settlements
  • Federal Universal Service Fund (USF) funding:
    • Overview of the categories
    • Current and proposed policy shifts
  • Reviewing valuation techniques
  • Securing financing through debt or grants
  • Understanding your customers through data including:
    • Mapping
    • Other metrics
  • Managing your business with performance monitoring and analysis

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of the seminar, attendees should be able to:

  • Understand the FCC’s High Cost Support Mechanisms, including A-CAM and Legacy programs and potential future changes
  • Identify the primary drivers of the Federal High Cost Loop and other USF mechanisms
  • Analyze regulated revenue sources for purposes of budgeting and forecasting of future results
  • Understand common valuation techniques applicable to rural communications providers
  • Understand the key inputs and drivers of the FCC Form 499A, including areas of potential exposure and audit focus
  • Understand the process and focus of current USAC and NECA audits

This is a basic-level course for all personnel responsible for financial or operational issues; however, other management, financial, and regulatory staff will also benefit from this program.

Attendees will be eligible to receive 20 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) credit. For additional information on the CPE credits offered through this program, please refer to the “CPE Information” section below.

Hotel Information:

Courtyard Nashville Downtown

  • Address:
    • 170 4th Avenue North
      Nashville, TN 37219
  • Contact Information:
    • 615-256-0900 (phone)
  • Room Block Price:
    • $259 (standard)
  • Reservation Cut-Off Date:
    • August 15, 2022
  • Reservation Process:
    • To reserve your room at a discounted rate, please call 1-888-236-2427 (and mention code “JSI”) or simply click here to use the hotel’s online registration system. All attendees are encouraged to book their rooms early in order to secure a room at this special rate.


CPE Information:

  • CPE Credit Overview:
    • This course offers 20 hours of “Specialized Knowledge” CPE credit.
    • If you are interested in earning CPE credits at this event, then you will be required to respond to a series of engagement activities throughout the seminar sessions. The number of credits you receive will be based on the engagement activities you complete as well as the amount of time spent in the meeting. No prerequisites or advanced preparation is required for this course.
  • Delivery Method:
    • All JSI seminars are “group-live” sessions as defined by NASBA.
  • CPE Sponsorship Information:
    • JSI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.


Questions and Comments:

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JSI Appoints Two Senior Engineering Executives to Its Board

2022-06-08T12:25:31-04:00June 8, 2022|News|

June 8, 2022, Greenbelt, MD: JSI, the market leader in rural broadband regulatory and engineering services, has appointed Steve Kidd and Dennis Wisdom to its board of directors.

Steve Kidd served as the President of Mid-State Consultants, LLC, for 14 years until his retirement in January 2022. Steve joined Mid-State Consultants 43 years ago, and during his tenure as president, he oversaw the company’s successful nationwide expansion. Notably, through Steve’s expert guidance and leadership, the Mid-State Consultants team has become one of the undisputed leaders in rural outside plant engineering in the United States.

Dennis Wisdom served as the President of N-com, LLC, for 17 years before transitioning into a new role as JSI’s Innovation Leader for Broadband Services in January 2022. Dennis was the innovation engine behind many of N-com’s market-leading IP network services products. Before joining N-com, Dennis worked at CHR Solutions as well as at Hicks & Ragland Engineering. Prior to that, he was the head of technology for a major state university as well as a large, multi-state supermarket chain. Dennis’s current interests include assisting broadband providers with the provision of cost-effective, secure services to their subscribers.

JSI Co-Chairmen Leo Staurulakis and Manny Staurulakis jointly commented, “Our board is delighted to welcome Steve and Dennis. Given their depth of experience in broadband engineering, their expertise will be a valuable complement to our board, especially as we continue to expand our portfolio of engineering and network managed services to enable our customers to grow their broadband offerings.”

JSI CEO Tasos Tsolakis added, “In addition to our regulatory and compliance services, as JSI provides more and more broadband engineering and network services to our rural customers, Steve’s and Dennis’s broad engineering and technology experience will be of tremendous value to our team and our clients. We appreciate their willingness to serve as directors, and we look forward to their active participation and counsel.”

About JSI

JSI is a full-service consulting firm and broadband solutions leader, providing a complete range of financial, engineering, management, operational, regulatory, and strategic assistance to independent, community-based communications providers. For 60 years, JSI’s business knowledge, experience, and demonstrated record of success have helped its clients plan and realize long-term success and profitability. JSI has relationships with approximately 750 communications entities in 46 states and several US territories. Headquartered in Greenbelt, Maryland, JSI also has offices in Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. For more information, visit the JSI website at https://jsitel.com/.

Congratulations to the 2022 JSI Scholarship Recipients

2022-05-19T13:31:06-04:00May 17, 2022|News|

The 2022 recipients of the JSI Staurulakis Family Scholarships are exceptional students who have excelled academically while participating in a wide range of extracurricular activities, including volunteering and working to better their communities. These scholarships are distributed through a scholarship program administered by the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), which was established as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association in 1994.

This year, six students were selected to receive the $5,000 JSI Staurulakis Family Scholarships, which give recognition to outstanding applicants with an interest in science, math, medicine, or engineering. This year’s group of scholarship recipients, which FRS formally announced last week, includes:

  • Addison Emmot from Beloit, Kansas, who applied via NTCA partner Cunningham Telephone Company. Addison plans to attend Fort Hays State University and major in Nursing.
  • Katelyn Griggs from Lexington, North Carolina, who applied via NTCA partner Surry Telephone Membership Corporation. Katelyn plans to attend Gardner-Webb University and major in Exercise Science.
  • Alexa Post from New Auburn, Wisconsin, who applied via NTCA partner Citizens Telephone Cooperative. Alexa plans to attend Minnesota State University – Mankato and major in Biology/Biomedical Science.
  • Jenna Schleich from Fairview, Illinois, who applied via NTCA partner Mid-Century Telephone Cooperative. Jenna plans to attend Western Illinois University and major in Animal Biology.
  • Carrie Warmka from Emmons, Minnesota, who applied via NTCA partner Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association. Carrie plans to attend the University of Minnesota – Duluth and major in Biology.
  • Samantha Zimmerman from Beloit, Kansas, who applied via NTCA partner Cunningham Telephone Company. Samantha plans to attend Fort Hays State University and major in Biology.

The Staurulakis Family Scholarships were established as part of JSI’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2012 in honor of Manny and Leo’s parents, John and Chresanthe Staurulakis, and they continue each year as part of the FRS scholarship program. FRS scholarship recipients are selected by an independent team of reviewers from the education field. To be eligible, recipients must be sponsored by a NTCA member company and indicate a desire to return to their rural communities once their collegiate studies have been completed.

More information about the JSI Scholarships and the FRS scholarship program can be found here. The application-submission deadline for the 2023 scholarships will be in March 2023.

JSI Promotes Two Senior Engineering VPs

2022-06-07T14:06:05-04:00January 4, 2022|News|

Senior Ranks Expand in Response to Unprecedented Market Opportunities, Organizational Changes

January 4, 2022, Greenbelt, MD: JSI announced today the promotion of two senior members of the company’s industry-leading engineering team: Vance Gadd has been named Senior Vice President of Fiber Network Design and Implementation, and Tom Lewis has been named Senior Vice President of Broadband IP Network Design and Management, effective immediately.

“Vance and Tom are widely respected industry veterans, with several decades’ worth of experience between them,” JSI CEO Tasos Tsolakis said in making this announcement. “Our company is exceptionally fortunate to have two experts of their caliber under the same roof, particularly at this critical juncture when so many of our clients are trying to take advantage of the unprecedented state and federal resources available for the expansion and maintenance of broadband networks in the United States.”

Prior to this announcement, Vance worked for more than 34 years as a project engineer and then Vice President of Design/OSP Engineering at the premier engineering firm Mid-State Consultants, Inc., which was acquired by JSI in August 2021. Tom has 30 years of telecom engineering experience, and most recently, he served for 16 years as the Vice President of Engineering for N-Com, Inc., a full-service engineering firm focused on rural telecommunications companies, utilities, and government agencies, which JSI acquired in September 2020.

In their new roles, Vance will lead outside plant activities across all divisions of the company, and Tom will lead all broadband IP activities, while also working with other key members of the JSI team on product innovation initiatives.

Commenting on the two promotions, Tasos noted that these changes had been made not only to respond to the ever-increasing demands within the broadband market, but to further enhance JSI’s senior engineering ranks as two other members of the company’s engineering team begin different professional transitions of their own.

“Steve Kidd, President of Mid-State Consultants, has decided to officially begin his retirement on January 30, 2022, which he graciously agreed to postpone last year in order to lead the company through its post-acquisition transition period,” Tasos said. “During his tenure at Mid-State Consultants, Steve oversaw the company’s successful transformation into one of the undisputed leaders in outside plant engineering in the United States. We are grateful that he has agreed to continue providing advice on an as-needed basis, even after his official retirement date.”

“Also, Dennis Wisdom, President of N-Com, has decided to transition into a new role as JSI’s Innovation Leader for Broadband Services, effective January 1, 2022,” Tasos added. “Dennis has been the innovation engine behind many of N-Com’s leading IP network services products, so we are excited that he has decided to continue spearheading those efforts, while working with our team and our customers on a part-time basis.”

After transitioning into their new roles, Vance will continue to be based in JSI’s office in Nephi, Utah, and Tom and Dennis will remain in the company’s Lubbock, Texas office.

About JSI

JSI is a full-service consulting firm and broadband solutions leader, providing a complete range of financial, engineering, management, operational, regulatory, and strategic assistance to independent, community-based communications providers. For 60 years, JSI’s business knowledge, experience, and demonstrated record of success have helped its clients plan and realize long-term success and profitability. JSI has relationships with approximately 750 communications entities in 46 states and several US territories. Headquartered in Greenbelt, Maryland, JSI also has offices in Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. For more information, visit the JSI website at https://jsitel.com/.

JSI-MD Donates Gifts to Local Toys for Tots Program

2021-12-27T13:23:25-05:00December 27, 2021|News|

The staff of JSI’s Greenbelt, Maryland, office recently finalized their sixteenth annual toy drive for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, which led to hundreds of gifts being donated to economically disadvantaged children in the area.

The annual holiday toy drive, which has become a long-standing tradition in JSI’s Greenbelt headquarters, is organized and operated in conjunction with the local Prince George’s County Police Department as well as the Prince George’s County Toys for Tots campaign. All gifts collected through the JSI toy drive are ultimately distributed to children in need in Prince George’s County, where JSI’s Greenbelt office is located.

This year, with the generous donations and support of numerous parties, the JSI staff was once again able to provide Toys for Tots with nearly a truckload of unwrapped gifts for children of all ages, including assorted toys, games, educational books and supplies, backpacks, and sports equipment, among other items.

First launched in 1947 by U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks, the Toys for Tots program is currently led by the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity based in Triangle, Virginia. According to the Foundation, the principal goal of the Toys for Tots program is to deliver Christmas gifts, as well as messages of hope and joy, to America’s less fortunate children. To date, the program has successfully distributed more than 604 million gifts to over 272 million children.

For additional information on the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, or to learn how to support a local Toys for Tots campaign, please visit: https://www.toysfortots.org.

JSI Welcomes FCC Veteran Jenn Holtz as Its New Regulatory VP

2022-04-05T14:49:05-04:00November 5, 2021|News|

Jennifer HoltzWe are very pleased to announce the hiring of Jennifer (Jenn) Holtz as our new Vice President-Regulatory Affairs. Jenn will be taking the helm from John Kuykendall who has headed that group since 2004. John will remain with JSI in a more strategic role as Regulatory Advisor, spearheading client advocacy initiatives as well as providing guidance and support for Jenn and the regulatory staff.

Jenn Holtz comes to JSI with a very impressive resume. Most recently she was at the FCC where she held several positions in the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, including serving as the acting division chief of the Cybersecurity & Communications Reliability Division and special counsel for the Operations and Emergency Management Division. At the FCC, Jenn oversaw 911 reliability and several cybersecurity-related issues. Before moving to the FCC, Jenn was an associate at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, representing clients before the FCC, Universal Service Administrative Company, and state public service commissions on regulatory matters, enforcement actions, administrative audits, and investigations. She also spent time at the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) as senior policy advisor to BroadbandUSA, which helped communities build capacity using lessons from Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), and worked closely with the National Economic Council, Council on Economic Advisors, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Jenn received her law degree from Syracuse University, but she also holds Masters’ degrees from both the London School of Economics and the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

“JSI is very fortunate to attract someone of Jenn’s caliber and experience,” said JSI President Steve Meltzer. “Jenn’s knowledge of the industry, of broadband policy and her contacts at various regulatory organizations will be a huge benefit to our clients and our staff.”

“I’m honored to join such a talented team at JSI and look forward to helping our clients bridge the digital divide and offer more services to their customers,” Jenn said. “This is an unprecedented time of growth for JSI, with the recent acquisitions of Mid-State Consultants and N-Com and a number of new senior hires, and I’m excited to help take both the firm and our regulatory offerings to the next level.”

In her spare time, Jenn serves as the Affiliate Chair for Washington, D.C.’s Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, where she’s doubled affiliate membership and participation. She became involved with the group after losing her father to the disease. She’s also active with the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Jenn Holtz can be reached in JSI’s Maryland headquarters at 301-459-7590 or via email. Please reach out and help us welcome Jenn to JSI!

JSI Numbering Expert Named NANC Vice Chair

2021-11-03T08:27:30-04:00November 3, 2021|News|

FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel this week named Bridget Alexander White, staff director in JSI’s Business Development department, as the vice chair of the North American Numbering Council (NANC). She will serve as vice chair during the 2021-2023 charter. Bridget is in her second term on the Council and has been a voting member of the since 2017. Bridget’s nomination is sponsored by US Connect.

The NANC is composed of representatives of telecom carriers, regulators, cable providers, VoIP providers, industry associations, vendors, and consumer advocates. Its main mission is to recommend to the FCC ways to modernize the North American Numbering Plan. It also has been instrumental recently in the FCC’s fight against illegal robocalls, working on implementing STIR/SHAKEN and the Reassigned Numbers Database. Bridget has been involved in all of those discussions, representing the interests of small and rural carriers.

Bridget has worked in the telecom industry for nearly 25 years, much of it focused on telecom policies that drive numbering and porting decisions. She works with rural companies each day that are affected by the NANC’s decisions and provides a vital voice for them on the Council.

“I was rendered speechless when I received the call asking me to serve as vice chair! I work with a wonderful and intelligent group of people on the Council and the opportunity to serve as vice chair of the NANC is an honor,” Bridget said. “I greatly appreciate Chairwoman Rosenworcel’s appointment in recognition of my contributions to the Council and I look forward to continuing to advocate for rural carriers in the industry.”

Bridget is excited about her new role helping to lead the NANC as it tackles several big issues. She invites clients to communicate any concerns or opinions about NANC’s work to her directly by email or by phone at 301-459-7590.

Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program is now Available!

2021-11-02T12:57:27-04:00September 29, 2021|News|

The goal of the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program is to award grants that exclusively extend broadband service into unserved areas. The competitive grant process is technologically neutral and should result in awards based on objective and efficient procedures.

  • Ohio has dedicated $270M
  • Application deadline is November 8th, 2021
  • The comprehensive application includes engineering, financials and a detailed narrative.
  • “Broadband service floor” is defined as a retail terrestrial service capable of delivering high-speed internet access at speeds of at least 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream.
  • “Unserved Threshold” is defined as less that 10 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream.

JSI has the experience and proven track record to maximize your points and for you to be awarded funding above the industry average. We’re ready to help your company with all aspects of qualifying for and winning competitive funding options including:

  • Determining available loans and grants
  • Mapping of funding areas
  • Financial analysis and preparation
  • Broadband network assessment and planning
  • Guidance through the full process

Please fill out the following form to be connected to a JSI funding expert.



Connecting Michigan Communities 3.0 Grant Application is now open!

2021-11-02T12:57:34-04:00September 29, 2021|News|

The goal of the Connecting Michigan Communities 3.0 Grant is to award grants that exclusively extend broadband service into unserved areas. The competitive grant process is technologically neutral and should result in awards based on objective and efficient procedures.

  • Michigan has dedicated $2.9M
  • Application deadline is November 15, 2021
  • The comprehensive application includes environmental, engineering, financials and a detailed narrative.
  • “Broadband service” means a retail terrestrial service capable of delivering high-speed internet access at speeds of at least 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream.
  • “Unserved area” means either a census block lacking access to broadband service from at least one ISP, an area lacking access to broadband service from at least one ISP according to the most accurate and granular data on the broadband map created by the FCC, or an area delineated through the process established in the enabling legislation without at least one provider providing broadband service.
  • Priority shall be given to projects that demonstrate collaboration to achieve community investment and economic development goals of the area impacted, that are able to demonstrate they have the managerial, financial, and technical ability to build, operate, and manage a broadband network, the likelihood the area would not be served without state grant funding, and that the project will serve a larger unserved area or greater number of locations than other proposals.
  • Initial award recommendations published in February 2022 with Grant Awards Announced in May 2022
  • All grant project work must be completed by September 30, 2025.

JSI has the experience and proven track record to maximize your points and for you to be awarded funding above the industry average. We’re ready to help your company with all aspects of qualifying for and winning competitive funding options including:

  • Determining available loans and grants
  • Mapping of funding areas
  • Financial analysis and preparation
  • Broadband network assessment and planning
  • Guidance through the full process

Please fill out the following form to be connected to a JSI funding expert.



Premier Engineering Firm Mid-State Consultants Acquired by JSI

2021-11-02T13:06:42-04:00September 1, 2021|News|

Move Builds on Efforts to Provide Complete Solutions for Rural Broadband Clients

September 1, 2021, Greenbelt, MD: JSI is pleased to announce that it has acquired Mid-State Consultants, Inc., a premier engineering firm headquartered in Nephi, Utah. The move further enhances JSI’s ability to help clients as they take advantage of unprecedented funding resources available on the federal and state levels to expand and maintain broadband networks across the country. The acquisition of Mid-State Consultants significantly grows the engineering capabilities that JSI began building last year.

“We are pleased to add Mid-State to the JSI family. Our clients now have access to more services and solutions and a talented team with the broadband technology, regulatory and business know-how,” said Tasos Tsolakis, CEO of JSI. “The broadband industry’s future is bright and JSI is well positioned to support our clients every step of the way.”

Mid-State Consultants is well known in the rural telecommunications industry and has worked jointly with JSI on several client projects in the past. The company was established in 1963 and specializes in providing comprehensive communication systems engineering, including network planning and design, outside and inside plant, field services, virtual drafting, project development, grant and loan applications, and regulatory compliance consulting. JSI and Mid-State share many common clients across the country. This acquisition expands JSI’s complete solutions into the western United States, as well as Alaska and Hawaii.

“It is an honor to join forces with JSI. Our clients and the industry at large now have the benefit of an unprecedented suite of solutions from a single company,” said Steve Kidd, president of Mid-State Consultants.

Under Tsolakis’ leadership, Steve Kidd will remain president of Mid-State. JSI President Steve Meltzer and N-com President Dennis Wisdom will remain in their respective roles.

About JSI
JSI is a full-service consulting firm, providing financial, engineering, management, operational, regulatory, and strategic assistance to independent community-based communications providers. JSI’s business knowledge, experience and proven success help its clients plan and realize long-term success and profitability. JSI has relationships with approximately 750 communications entities in 46 states and several US territories. Headquartered in Greenbelt, MD, JSI also has offices in MN, TX, GA and UT. JSI can be found at https://jsitel.com/.

About Mid-State Consultants
Mid-State Consultants provides nationwide telecommunications engineering services with a focus on rural broadband access issues, including backhaul, rural, and urban projects. Mid-State’s engineering and outside plant experience will be key as broadband providers across the country strive to meet the requirements for the upcoming broadband infrastructure grants and the subsequent implementation processes and procedures. The firm’s headquarters is in Nephi, Utah, and operates seven regional offices in AK, HI, LA, MI, NC, and two in WI. Mid-State Consultants can be found at https://www.mscon.com/.

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