CostQuest and the National Broadband Plan

GIS & Mapping

Mar 01, 2010

Client:      Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Staff:         Mike Wilson, Mark Guttman

Date:         2010 - 2015

Model:      CostPro

CostQuest worked with the Federal Communications Commission to develop 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.