CostQuest Associates serves as the frontrunner in designing, developing and implementing economic models for the telecommunications industry. And rightfully so; our company holds a “jack of all trades” persona, as it provides the modeling, input, training, maintenance, testimony and witnessing that is required of any model used in advocacy or public hearings.
CostQuest models are being used to develop and evaluate city-specific street-by-street network designs, consider terrain realities and evaluate the resulting economics using real-world demand and cost scenarios including alternative market growth curves. CostQuest models are being used to develop alternative network topologies including detailed equipment types, counts and capacities – including alternative fiber deployment strategies – required to meet the real-world served by the network. We also estimate deployment costs as well as anticipated ongoing operating costs which, when combined with customer and market data, facilitates the evaluation of various optional pricing plans. With CostQuest’s experienced analysis, the result of a Gigabit City modeling program helps stakeholders understand the relationship between income and demand and how overall market feasibility plays-out against any number of deployment strategies and related costs. Review our Gigabit Cities Profile.
The Administrator of the Universal Service Fund, the Universal Service Administrative Company (“USAC”), procured the services of CostQuest Associates to assist with the public hosting, execution, and support of the Connect America Cost Model, under policy direction from the Commission. The Connect America Cost Model provides the ability to calculate costs using a variety of different inputs and assumptions, allowing the Bureau to examine various options for different network deployments to serve funded locations (e.g., fiber to the premises or fiber-fed digital subscriber line), different assumptions about the amount of existing facilities assumed to exist (e.g., green-field or brown-field deployments, the mix of aerial, buried or underground plant), as well as different assumptions about unit costs for capital and operating expenses.
CostQuest worked with the Federal Communications Commission to develop of an economic model—specifically output from the CostPro models—to support the FCC’s National Broadband Plan delivered to Congress on March 16, 2010.
The National Broadband Plan was commissioned in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (more commonly known as the Stimulus Plan) wherein Congress directed the FCC to create a National Broadband Plan. The goal behind this initiative is to achieve ubiquitous broadband coverage across the United States.
The FCC recognizes that broadband service is a fundamental means to advancing consumer welfare, civic participation, public safety and homeland security, community development, economic growth, among other national purposes. And therefore, the plan works toward achieving affordability and maximizing broadband infrastructure and services, while also evaluating the status of broadband deployment.
The FCC worked with CostQuest on the assembly of relevant data and the development of an economic model to both establish the baseline of current broadband deployment in all geographic regions of the nation, and determine the “forward-looking” economics of supplying broadband capacity to currently unserved areas. This resulted in the creation of the Broadband Assessment Model, designed to ensure sufficient precision of results and to accurately identify incremental economic costs and revenues associated with broadband augmentation within sub-state economic regions.
CostQuest provides powerful contributions to a vast array of policy and regulatory debates at the national and state levels. Their maps and models have added significant value to both industry and policy decision making in the communications sector."
Greg Rohde, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for NTIA
e-Copernicus, Washington, D.C.
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