USF Cost Modeling CAF II
Economic Network Modeling
Aug 30, 2016
Client: Univeral Service Administrative Company
Model: Connect America Cost Model (CACM)
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.