Jasper County REMC Success Story

On their journey into telecommunications, Jasper County REMC
sought the "latest and greatest" VoIP solution for RDOF support

Before Alianza, Venturing Into Broadband Felt Overwhelming for Jasper County REMC


Greenfield, Rural Electric Cooperative (REC)


Launch Voice, Expand Solution Suite, RDOF Requirement


Home Phone


Jasper County REMC is a rural electric cooperative that serves over 8,573 consumers and 9,617 meters of fiber across 1,227 electric miles of line in Northwest Indiana.

Key Challenges

To apply for Rural Digital Opportunity Funding (RDOF), Jasper County REMC needed to expand their solution suite to include voice. With no previous telecommunications experience, Jasper County REMC’s Board of Directors wanted an “easy button” — an established voice provider to guide them through the intricacies of the voice setup, productization, and management.

Jasper had the choice of a local telco or a nationwide voice service provider; however, they were cautious because relationships with local vendors had hurt them in the past.

Successful market launches and cloud transformations require more effort, coordination, and subject matter expertise than most business leaders recognize, the Board of Directors spearheaded their network transformation by directly engaging Alianza for voice services.

Goals & Requirements

To secure RDOF support to subsidize the construction and operation of their broadband networks in underserved communities, Jasper County REMC needed to foray into the world of telecommunications. As a new voice provider starting from scratch, Jasper needed a solution, platform, and vendor with proven expertise they could trust.

Jasper County REMC did not want to leverage an over-the-top (OTT) provider that would compete with them by selling direct to customers, so they sought a voice solution that would help them meet the following goals:

Cloud-based voice solution to support high-quality, reliable rural connectivity
RDOF-approved voice offering with a profitable business model
Leverage their local presence as a competitive differentiator
Easy to use platform for both Jasper and their customers
Seamless interoperability with specific Calix and Yealink devices
Simple reports download and access to call detail records (CDRs)
Jasper County REMC
Jasper County REMC
Every company out there says ‘we want this to be a partnership’. 99% of the time, that's not true, but through the whole onboarding process with Alianza, it really felt that way. We have learned so much since we started, but anytime we have an issue, Alianza has always been very, very helpful.”
Chris Wilcox, IT System Admin & Technical Services ManagerJasper County REMC

Why Alianza Works for Jasper County REMC

As a new voice communications provider, the setup tasks were initially overwhelming; however, Alianza’s Customer Enablement team guided Jasper through the entire deployment process, helping them deliver a safe implementation every step of the way. Alianza offers a true cloud-native, service provider-built model that offered Jasper a clear path to healthy margins, support that extends to helping them grow at their pace, clarity into call detail records, and a powerful voice solution.

Jasper evaluated softswitch-based vendors such as Momentum Telecom but felt they lacked in reliability. “You guys are a true cloud provider; Momentum hasn’t gone total virtual yet with redundancy. We’re starting a brand-new network from the ground up here. We figured, why not go with the latest and greatest instead of having an actual hard switch somewhere. So, we decided to go with Alianza,” said Chris Wilcox, IT System Admin & Technical Services Manager at Jasper County REMC..

Alianza’s list of fully vetted Certified Device provided an “easy button” for Jasper County REMC to ensure the best functionality and interoperability with our cloud communications platform. Smooth interoperability with Calix devices saved Jasper substantial time and effort that would have been spent testing devices.

Coming from a world of true 5ESS switching and in dealing with Metaswitch in the past, there was never an easy solution. It felt like every time we deployed one of those switches, it was weeks if not months, of just going in and tweaking. You need a true engineer to get into that switch and fix it, whereas on Alianza‘s platform, we can just train the customer to go in and do it themselves.”
Chris Wilcox, IT System Admin & Technical Services ManagerJasper County REMC

Jasper County REMC’s Solution Suite

Jasper County REMC

Home Phone

Home Phone is a powerful product that enables Jasper County REMC to enhance the user experience, increase profitability, and meet RDOF requirements.

“The biggest reason we went down the VoIP solution route was because government funding required it. Residential voice is not as prevalent today as it used to be . . . but we’ve got to monetize it, if not make a little bit more on top, and VoIP systems [platforms] are where we’re going to make up the difference.”

With predictable, healthy voice margins, Home Phone revenue helps accelerate the return on their broadband buildout investment.

The Alianza Difference

Alianza’s turnkey cloud communications platform enables Jasper County REMC to implement voice services at their own pace while providing all the support and resources they need along the way. Jasper County REMC’s journey into broadband began with trust in Alianza and a collaboration that has created new voice opportunities for their business.

Proven Onboarding

Alianza’s Onboarding team has been our greatest cheerleader through all of it. They kept notes and reminded us to check on things with other providers to keep us on track. I tell them, ‘You shouldn’t even care about these things,’ but that’s the Alianza onboarding process for you.”

Platform Visibility

“We had a board member call and mentioned her friend called and couldn’t get a hold of anybody. We were able to research using Alianza’s Admin Portal and find out that the customer had always called after hours. Two years ago, on our own phone system, we wouldn’t have had this visibility.”

Device Interoperability

“Having a list of devices that work was part of the easy button for us. There’s a million VoIP phones out there, and it was fantastic to just be like, ‘Okay, you guys work with this and this, let’s go to Amazon to see which one we want.’ I don’t have to test it.”

Clear Documentation

“In so many distinct aspects, we’ve really wished that all our other vendors were like Alianza. Your knowledge database is fantastic, and part of the reason why we feel so comfortable is that everything we need is usually right there and we can easily find it.”

Ease of Use

“The most impressive is how intuitive that system is. Half of the features we can train the customer to manage themselves, and [for other things], we just hired a new person, and within a day, she’s got it.”

Operational Efficiency

“Once we got over the initial learning curve, [Alianza’s platform] saved us a good amount of time. It has allowed us to operate more efficiently as a company.”

Alianza is not overly pushy and has been a great partner for us. You do a great job of saying, 'We can help you with that whenever you're ready.' It's not very often that we find good partners who actually care and their values align with ours."
Chris Wilcox, IT System Admin & Technical Services ManagerJasper County REMC
Cloud communication platforms enable service providers to compete with OTT players in an increasingly competitive market.
Beware Significant Hidden Costs
Operating or building your own voice network is like an iceberg, beneath the surface lurks hidden costs.

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