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May 21, 2015   View as web page          

JSI Clarifies Form 481/ETC Annual Report Requirements for 2015

Only 40 Days Remain Until the July 1st Deadline

Based on a recent USAC webinar and discussions with FCC staff, JSI reminds clients that this year’s FCC Form 481 should contain a Progress Report on the initial Five-Year Plan (2015-2019) reflecting any progress made during the first half of 2015. Further, the Progress Report should contain any updates clients need to make to the current Five-Year Plan based upon any adjustments or changes to business plans made since last year’s submission. JSI also clarifies that it is not necessary to add network improvement projects or capital or operating projections for year 2020 to the 2015 Form 481 report. 

As a reminder, the Progress Report must include a map reflecting progress made on network improvement targets. The FCC has not specified a required format for the map. Because carriers are only reporting progress on the first half of 2015, there may be limited progress to reflect on a map; therefore JSI suggests the map include a delineation of where customers currently have access to 10/1 Mbps, 4/1 Mbps, and where customers cannot yet access 4/1 Mbps. JSI clients that have already deployed 10/1 to all customers in the study area would not have any such delineations on their maps and may want to include a caption that all customers can access 10/1 service upon request.

The FCC and USAC have added new requirements to the financial section of Form 481 that require certain financial information be extracted from the financial statements and be entered directly into lines on the Form 481 portal. This information includes: Revenue, Operating Expense, Net Income, Telephone Plant in Service, Total Assets, Total Debt, Total Equity, and Dividends. This new requirement is in addition to providing copies of the RUS Borrowers Report or either audited or CPA-reviewed financial statements.

If you have questions about the Form 481 and ETC reporting requirements or would like assistance with your company’s filing, please contact Cassandra Heyne ( in JSI's Maryland office at 301-459-7590, Dee Dee Longenecker ( in our Texas office at 512-338-0473, or Lans Chase ( in our Georgia office at 770-569-2105.

IP Transition-Related Changes Made to BIRRDS 

This is to advise JSI clients that effective May 8, 2015, updates have been made to the Business Integrated Routing & Rating Database System (BIRRDS) for the identification of IP-related NPA-NXXs and LRNs in the LERG.

The Common Interest Group on Routing & Rating (CIGRR) is the industry support group which provides recommendations to iconectiv on updates to their BIRRDS database and LERG product. In anticipation of industry changes needed to support IP implementation, CIGRR recommended that fields be added to BIRRDS to allow service providers to identify any of their assigned NPA-NXXs as IP capable and, as well, to allow the identification of their designated LRNs as IP capable. These IP flagged NPA-NXXs and LRNs would then be published in the LERG for the industry to review.

The new IP fields are:
  • IP Capable NXX – The code holder has chosen to identify that any non-ported lines (default routed) within the NPA NXX can be routed via IP. This does not preclude the call from being terminated via a TDM (Time Division Multiplex) interconnection.
  • IP Capable LRN/OCN – The code holder has chosen to identify the OCN of a company to which IP traffic can be routed via the LRN identified. This does not preclude the call from being terminated via a TDM (Time Division Multiplex) interconnection.
Please note, these IP fields are optional and there is no current industry requirement for such identification. Flagging your codes in the LERG will only provide a simple notification to other service providers that your company is capable of IP routing. In turn, this may serve as the catalyst for service providers to begin discussion if IP routing between parties is requested.

If JSI currently acts as your AOCN, we can make any requested IP updates to your records for LERG purposes. Should your company like us to identify any of your NPA-NXXs or LRNs as LNP capable, please email your request to Karen Hoffman,, listing the NPA-NXXs/LRNs to be updated. If your company is currently not an AOCN client but would like to retain JSI for this service or would simply like to discuss this IP change in the LERG, please feel free to contact Karen at 301-459-7590.

AOCN clients – we’d also like your help updating our records to ensure we have the correct information on personnel responsible for LERG updates at your company. Please email Karen Hoffman with your contact name, title, address, email, and phone.


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Cassandra Heyne

Dee Dee Longenecker

Lans Chase

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May 26
ILEC study area boundary shapefile recertification deadline

June 1-2
JSI Management Seminar - Minneapolis

July 1
Form 481/ETC Annual Report Deadline

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