In 1999, CostQuest’s founders left the corporate telecom world to set out on their own – the aim was simple: to untangle complex client problems with great integrity and precision. Over the last 23 years, we found our footing in telecommunications economics, network modeling, broadband planning, tax valuations, regulation, and geographic information systems. We are proud to have valued over $1T in assets, created the model used by the FCC to distribute over $3B annually for high-cost areas, and helped providers and regulators alike more granularly map broadband service. We recently were awarded the FCC’s Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric contract to solve location accuracy issues and deliver the foundational data to support a National Broadband Map. This Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric will be pivotal for initiatives to help close the Digital Divide across the U.S.
While these achievements are noteworthy, the love of the challenge and commitment to precision makes us who we are. We work to get it right.
To that end, bring us your most complex problems, and we will bring some savvy earned over the years to help untangle them.
We look forward to working with you.
Who we work with
Who we are
CostQuest’s culture is best described as a quiet confidence, grounded by humility and a commitment to precision. A “CostQuester” takes pride in navigating the weeds but understands the importance of making information approachable.
Our team is passionate about supporting the communications industry in the grand effort of closing the Digital Divide. We are devoted to tackling complex broadband problems to help teams expand broadband access to all.
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, we’ve grown to have a team in Seattle, Washington, and a network of experts around the United States.
What We Do
CostQuest Associates (CQA) is a broadband consulting firm serving as an industry leader in the knowledge of costs, network modeling, valuations, telecommunications economics, data science, and regulation for the communications industry. By combining real-world engineering principles, telecom regulatory knowledge, and geospatial expertise, we create targeted solutions for teams to make the most effective decisions about communications or utilities infrastructure.
Two ways to work with us:
Data: We build broadband-specific geospatial data for broadband providers, regulators, and other entities to leverage for effective guidance in broadband mapping, deployment, business planning, and policy decisions. By first pinpointing all Broadband Serviceable Locations in the U.S., we then tie other critical broadband details per location, such as service availability, funding eligibility, cost, demographics, and more, to support pivotal decisions through the lifecycle of broadband initiatives.
Consulting Services: Core to our roots, the consulting services team builds custom cost, business case, network design, and tax valuation models to detail the economics and placement of communications infrastructure. With technology-specific experts in fiber, fixed wireless, and mobility, as well as ASA appraisers on staff, we offer end-to-end solutions that have and continue to stand up to the highest levels of scrutiny.