11 11, 2021

Webinar: Breaking Down the ReConnect Round 3 Funding Program

2021-11-12T08:29:17-05:00November 11, 2021|Webinar Recordings|

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has announced the application window for Round 3 of its Rural eConnectivity Program (ReConnect), which will provide $1.15 billion in grants, loans, and grant-loan combinations for broadband buildout projects in rural America. This third round of funding will consider areas where 90% of the households lack access to fixed broadband services with speeds of at least 100/20 Mbps. If you did not have qualifying areas for Round 2, you likely will for Round 3 due to this eligibility change. The program requires awardees to provide services with speeds of 100/100 Mbps to all premises in the proposed geographic area(s). RUS will begin accepting applications on November 24, 2021, and all applications must be received by February 22, 2022.

JSI recently hosted a webinar to help those interested in applying for the funds prepare for the 2022 program. Our experts, who have shepherded many companies through the process in Rounds 1 and 2, shared important information and strategies, including:

  • Program requirements and deadlines for grants, loans, and grant/loan combinations, including details on requirements for tribal governments and socially vulnerable communities
  • Differences between Round 3 and previous competitions
  • How to determine eligible areas and whether to apply
  • Details on RUS’s scoring criteria
  • Strategies for success based on JSI’s work with past ReConnect winners

Because of the program’s complexity and the funding options available, this webinar also will feature scenarios for each of the funding options: 100% loan, 50% loan 50% grant combinations, 100% grant, and 100% grant for tribal governments and socially vulnerable communities.

JSI-assisted applicants have been very successful in previous ReConnect competitions, with 93% of Round 2 applicants awarded funding through the program. We are ready to work with you on all aspects of a ReConnect application and broadband project.

For a copy of the webinar recording, please contact Brenda Cordwell at 240-556-1295. For more information about the ReConnect program or to get started on an application, please contact Lans Chase at 770-569-2105 or Amanda Molina at 321-985-5709.

13 04, 2021

Webinar: Understanding Cost Allocations and Affiliate Transactions

2021-11-02T13:13:56-04:00April 13, 2021|Webinar Recordings|

As your company expands and diversifies its business with more non-regulated services, there is greater risk of crossing the delicate regulated versus non-regulated cost allocation barrier if your financial house is not in order or your affiliate transactions aren’t properly documented. Federal and state regulators, particularly those at USAC, are actively looking for cost allocation violations and these could result in audit findings and financial costs.

Our recent webinar was designed to help telco managers, CFOs and accounting management staff evaluate their company’s regulated/non-regulated transactions. During the webinar, our experts:

  • Summarized the FCC and state requirements for regulated/non-regulated allocations;
  • Explained cost allocation manual requirements and potential structure;
  • Reviewed cost allocation methods for plant and other assets, as well as labor and other operating expenses;
  • Discussed time reporting and benefits distributions allocations and issues;
  • Offered tips for ensuring proper communications; and
  • Shared our experience with external reviews, audits and other regulatory oversight efforts.

A recording of the webinar is available for $249. Contact Leah Yoakum or Brenda Cordwell in the Maryland office at 301-459-7590 for more information about this webinar or to purchase the recording.

12 01, 2021

Webinar: Check Off Your Annual CPNI Training Requirement

2021-01-12T14:38:21-05:00January 12, 2021|Webinar Recordings|

All telecom carriers providing voice services must certify by March 1 each year that their employees have been trained or refreshed on the basics of the FCC’s Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) rules. To help you quickly and easily satisfy this annual requirement, JSI offers a 90-minute CPNI training webinar to fulfill this requirement. All employees who have access to customer account information, particularly customer service representatives, and any senior employees who would like a refresher on the CPNI compliance rules should attend this type of training. As these CPNI rules apply to all voice providers, electric cooperatives and fixed wireless providers offering voice services to their customers would also benefit from this training session.

Our CPNI training reviews the rules and how to adapt them to modern communications networks so that sensitive customer information does not end up in the wrong hands. In addition to the CPNI rules, we discuss the Red Flag rules for identity theft protection and provide an update on what is going on with broadband privacy rules.

A recording of the CPNI training is available for $249. If you’d like to purchase the recorded training, please contact Brenda Cordwell or Leah Yoakum in the Maryland office at 301-459-7590.

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Need More CPNI Assistance?

We offer several options for companies that would like additional help protecting their customers’ sensitive information. We can:

  • Assist with your company’s annual CPNI compliance certification filing due March 1, 2021;
  • Provide other materials for CPNI training, including our CPNI manual;
  • Complete an in-depth review of your Red Flag manual and program
  • Conduct one-on-one, customized training webinars with your staff; or
  • Train someone at your company to conduct your own CPNI trainings.

Please contact us about these customizable options for additional CPNI and privacy training.

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15 12, 2020

Webinar: Managing Your Universal Service Contributions on Form 499-A

2020-12-15T14:47:58-05:00December 15, 2020|Webinar Recordings|

With the 4Q 2020 federal Universal Service contribution level at 27.1% and increasing each quarter (it will be 31.8% 1Q 2021), it is important that you fully understand how to calculate your payment. Not only do you want to ensure you’re complying with the FCC’s rules, but you also want to be certain that your company is not paying more than is necessary when filing your Form 499-A.

JSI’s USF expert Brian Sullivan, along with Ryan Denzel and Dixie Lucabaugh, reviewed FCC Form 499-A requirements and major contribution sources to clarify your company’s obligations during a recent webinar. They discussed:

  • Competitive pricing implications of passing through USF contribution requirements to customers;
  • Cost recovery options and requirements;
  • Documents you need to gather and maintain; and
  • Lessons learned from recent USAC reviews and audits focused on USF contributions and Form 499-A.

Arm your regulatory, financial, and sales staff with strategies and options as they close out the 2020 books and begin the 2021 financial year. Future USF payments and true-ups are based on calendar year 2020 revenues so now is the time to take a close look at your contributions.

A recording of the webinar is available for $249. Contact Brenda Cordwell in the Maryland office at 240-556-1295 if you’d like to purchase the recording of this webinar.

30 10, 2020

Webinar: Numbering & Porting: Where Are We?

2020-10-30T15:10:17-04:00October 30, 2020|Webinar Recordings|

Just before All Hallows’ Eve, Bridget Alexander White led an expedition into the dark forest of numbering and porting to explore the looming changes all companies will experience in 2021. If you missed the journey, there’s still time to gather your tents, pack a snack, grab your laptop, and head deep into the wilderness to discover:

  • Ways to block the sinister robocalls
  • The STIR/SHAKEN extension requirements
  • Reassigned Numbers Database recordkeeping woes
  • The trail leading to 10-digit dialing and 988 in your service area
  • The lurking iVoIPs you cannot elude

A recording of the webinar is available for $249. Subscribers to the LNP Essentials bundle received this webinar as part of their 2020 subscription. Contact Brenda Cordwell in the Maryland office at 301-459-7590 if you’d like to purchase the recording.

28 05, 2020

Webinar: Preparing Now for this Fall’s RDOF Auction

2020-05-28T15:35:21-04:00May 28, 2020|Webinar Recordings|

With the FCC planning to finalize the procedures for the $16 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction in early June, now is the time for companies to learn as much as they can about the auction in order to plan their strategies. Once the FCC votes on the reverse auction’s procedures, there will be only a few weeks to prepare for the short-form application window, which is scheduled to open on July 1.

JSI recently hosted a webinar which covered these areas in-depth to help you prepare for this fall’s auction:

  • Auction methodology
  • Bidding rules and strategies
  • Determining your lowest bid
  • Updating eligibility maps based on the challenges filed with the FCC
  • Options for bidding as a consortium or as a standalone entity
  • Short-form application requirements
  • Technical and financial sections to be working on now

A recording of the webinar is available for $249. Contact Brenda Cordwell in the Maryland office at 240-556-1295 if you’d like to purchase the recording of this webinar. For help with the RDOF auction, please reach out to Cassandra Heyne or John Kuykendall at 301-459-7590.

23 01, 2020

Webinar: Meeting the FCC’s Enhanced 911 Requirements

2020-01-23T14:39:20-05:00January 23, 2020|Webinar Recordings|

Changes are a result of Kari’s Law and the RAY BAUM’S Act

Telephone service providers have only a few weeks to comply with the enhanced 911 rules as a result of Kari’s Law and the RAY BAUM’S Act. Companies will need to make changes to both their networks and any multi-line telephone systems (MLTS), including hosted services, that they sell, lease, install, or manage. The requirements and deadlines vary by the type of technology and whether the equipment is fixed or not.

JSI recently held a webinar to help clients sort through the requirements, deadlines and details. The webinar covered:

  • Who is considered a network provider and a MLTS provider
  • Requirements for MLTS installed after February 16, 2020
  • New rules for sending a notice to the MLTS’ centralized location when 911 is called
  • Liabilities for companies that do not meet the requirements
  • Details on requiring greater location accuracy and how to judge your company’s current capabilities
  • Best Practices and education programs

A recording of the webinar is available for $249. Contact Brenda Cordwell in the Maryland office at 301-459-7590 if you’d like to purchase the recording of this webinar.

18 12, 2019

Free Webinar: Kicking Off Round Two of the ReConnect Funding Program

2019-12-18T17:01:18-05:00December 18, 2019|Webinar Recordings|

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has released the program guidelines for round 2 of its Rural eConnectivity Pilot Program (ReConnect). ReConnect provides $550 million in grants and loans to help pay for building broadband in unserved rural areas that lack 10/1 Mbps. The program’s application portal will open on January 31, 2020, and applications can be submitted through 6 p.m. EST on March 16, 2020.

To help clients prepare for the 2020 program, JSI hosted a free webinar to share important information and updates about the ReConnect Program, including:

  • Changes in requirements and program guidelines
  • Program requirements for grants, grant/loan combinations, and loan funding
  • How to determine eligible areas
  • Who should apply?
  • RUS’s scoring criteria
  • Deadlines
  • Strategies for success

Because of the program’s complexity, we also reviewed several scenarios as examples for each of the three funding options. This webinar should help you determine an eligible area and gather information for a possible application.

To request a recording of the JSI webinar, please contact Janee Devis at 301-459-7590. For more information about the ReConnect program please contact Cassandra Heyne in our Maryland office at 301-459-7590.

19 04, 2018

Webinar: Untangling the Net Neutrality Mess

2018-04-19T15:40:08-04:00April 19, 2018|Webinar Recordings|

Confused about what’s expected now that the FCC has reversed the Net Neutrality rules?

That’s understandable given that over the last 14 years there have been principles, new regulations, lawsuits, court rulings, jurisdictional questions, service reclassifications, protests, and now a rollback of the rules. But a rollback to what exactly? And where are we headed from here?

JSI’s regulatory experts have followed the twists and turns of Net Neutrality throughout its tangled web of changes. The FCC’s move to reverse and adjust the rules under the Restoring Internet Freedom Order left ISPs with a confusing jumble of old and new rules. Our recent webinar sorted things out and explained exactly what your company needs to do to stay out of the enforcement crosshairs. We also covered the impact of the rollback on small ISPs, court cases related to the rules, the status of broadband CPNI requirements, the role of the FTC in protecting consumers, the latest website transparency rules, and other important parts of the December 2017 Order.

A recording of the webinar is available for $249. This webinar also is part of our 2018 Video Compliance Webinar series. Companies that subscribe to JSI’s Video Compliance Service will receive a $70 discount on this event.

For more information or to request the webinar recording, Brenda Cordwell in the Maryland office at 301-459-7590.

3 10, 2017

Webinar: Prepare for Impact – More Lifeline Changes Ahead

2017-12-14T11:01:56-05:00October 3, 2017|Webinar Recordings|

Review upcoming Lifeline changes that will affect your company’s procedures

We’ve been through many changes in the federal Lifeline program already and more are on the way that you need to prepare for now. The National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier begins this December with a soft launch in the first six states (Colorado, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming) with at least 20 more states rolling out in 2018. In addition, minimum service standards will increase and several of the Lifeline filing forms and processes are being updated. These changes to the Lifeline program will impact all companies.

JSI’s Lifeline team has dissected the National Verifier implementation and dug into the reforms impacting the Lifeline program and recently held a webinar which covered:

  • What to expect from the new National Lifeline Eligibility Verifier system;
  • Increased minimum service standards and their impact on your company;
  • Changes to the Form 497 reimbursement process and Form 555 recertification results; and
  • Ways to protect your company if faced with the increased scrutiny of a USAC Lifeline audit.

A recording of the webinar is available for $249. If you are interesting in purchasing the recording, please contact Brenda Cordwell at 301-459-7590.

As the old saying goes, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” Don’t fail to plan for these upcoming Lifeline changes, for you could be risking failure down the road.

If you need help with anything Lifeline related, please contact Lans Chase at 770-569-2105 or Lisa McLaughlin at 512-338-0473.

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