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, our 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’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 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.

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

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. At CostQuest, we are passionate about supporting the communications industry in the grand effort of working to close the Digital Divide. Our team is devoted to tackling complex broadband problems to help teams expand broadband access to all.

Two ways to work with us:

Data: We build broadband-specific data for broadband regulators and other entities to leverage to effectively guide broadband deployment, business planning, and policy decisions. By first pinpointing all Broadband Serviceable Locations in the U.S., we then layer other critical details per location, such as service availability, funding eligibility, cost, demographics, and MORE, to support pivotal decisions in broadband initiatives.

Consulting Services: Core to our roots, our consulting services team builds 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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