Independent Telecommunications Consultants
Frequently Asked Questions
What percentage of savings can we expect to see?
Our clients average savings in the range of 20% - 60% of their telecom expenses, plus refunds.
What types of telecom services are included in the program?
We analyze bills for all local dial tone, long distance, data, wireless and any other telecom-related service.
So, there’s no upfront fees?
Correct. Under our Contingency fee program, you only pay if and when Kloppe Associates is able to find savings. We share in actual, measured savings once our recommendations are accepted by you and implemented by us. If there are no savings, there is no fee for our services.
What if you make a recommendation that we already knew about or are working on ourselves?
We ask you to provide to us in writing any areas of investigation that you do not wish for us to consider or that you are already working on yourselves. Therefore, we do not double our efforts and there is no conflict regarding sharing of savings.
How much of our time and resources will be needed to complete the project?
Since Kloppe Associates handles everything, your time will be kept at a bare minimum. All you have to do is give us access to 2 – 3 months current bill copies and copies of your contracts. We will ask you to sign a Letter of Agency that will allow us to gain vital billing records and run studies. After that, we’ll begin our work off site and will only require minimal intervention by you such as answering a question or two along the way. We will return with a formal report which will detail specific savings opportunities and recommendations. You make the decisions and we perform all of the implementation and coordination through conversion and acceptance. We then monitor your bills every month to verify accurate savings calculations and provide you with the details.
How long after we sign the agreement will I see the formal report?
Depending upon the number of locations you have and the complexity of your network, you could expect to see a report within 4 – 6 weeks.
What will I see in the formal report?
Our reports contain not only information on billing errors and general recommendations, but specific documentation on your current inventory as well. Many of our clients are amazed when they see their inventory and realize what they’ve been paying for! Also included in our reports, where applicable, is actual data on the usage of your lines. We request telephone company traffic studies that allow us to determine if you have too many, too few or just the right amount of lines. We perform this service on all lines where the telephone companies will provide this data at no charge to you.
What does "Independent" before Telecommunications Consultants mean?
Kloppe Associates is vendor-independent. We adhere to very strict Code of Ethics. We do not sell any other services or products and do not accept any commissions or gifts from vendors. Therefore, all of our recommendations are made in your best interest. We are actively involved with the
Society of Communications Technology Consultants International (SCTC).
If you find a billing error, how far back can you go for credits?
This depends upon the issue. For tax related issues, normally 3 years. For other types of telephony issues it will be determined by the phone company tariff or your contract with the carrier.
If we’re already locked in to a contract with our carriers, is it still worthwhile to engage your firm?
Absolutely! We save our customers money in a variety of ways, not only through carrier changes. We will reconcile your bills to your existing contracts in our billing error review. Plus, a lot of times, we can make recommendations that can save you on the service without effecting the contractual commitment.
Is obtaining competitive proposals from the carriers included in your TEM program?
Yes. As a part of our normal TEM program, if you are not currently locked in a contract, or it is expiring soon, we will prepare and distribute our customized Request for Proposal (RFP) to all providers in your service area. We then analyze the carrier proposals and document to you the savings (and gotchas!) that you could realize with each. You decide which proposal to accept and we start the contract negotiations to ensure that you are well positioned and all carrier promises are reflected in the agreement. Of course, we then follow through with all implementation duties to assure a smooth transition of services.
OK, I’m ready to get started. What now?
Contact Janice Kloppe at 417-278-3535 or Janice@KloppeAssociates.com and we’ll get moving. We will send you a simple, one-page agreement to sign to get started. You will need to gather your phone bills (2 – 3 months most current or if you’re a seasonal company, the most representative months). We will need all pages of all bills. We will accept bills in electronic or paper format, however you currently receive them from the phone companies now is acceptable. We will send you a Letter of Agency (LOA) to approve, print on your letterhead & sign that gives us the authorization needed to obtain telephone company data.