About Us

In 1999, our 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 next 20 years, we found our footing in telecommunications economics, network modeling, and geographic information systems. We’re 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.

While these achievements are noteworthy, it is our love of the challenge and resolve to leave no stone un-turned that makes us who we are. To that end, bring us your most complex problems, and we’ll bring some savvy earned over the years to help untangle. We look forward to working with you.

Who We Are

Our culture is best described as 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.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, we have grown to have a team in Seattle, Washington and a network of experts around the United States.

What We Do

CQA (formerly CostQuest Associates) builds datasets and custom models to help you make decisions about communications or utilities infrastructure. We blend real-world engineering principles, telecommunications regulatory knowledge and geospatial expertise to create targeted solutions for the public and private sectors.

Two ways to work with us:

Data: We develop datasets specifically for broadband providers and regulators, focusing on enhancing analyses by identifying broadband serviceable locations. Data is licensed by geography within the United States.

Consulting Services: Core to our roots, our consulting services team build custom cost, business case, and valuation models to detail the economics 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 stood up to the highest levels of scrutiny.

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