About the BroadbandFabric Data Suites

Using CostQuest’s core Broadband Serviceable Location data, tied directly to federal initiatives such as the FCC’s BDC and NTIA’s BEAD programs, CostQuest created the BroadbandFabric Data Suites – Geographic Information System (GIS) location datasets at the coordinate/address-level, that come with insightful broadband-specific data attributes per location. Data attributes include BDC service availability data, addresses, building type, federally funded areas, cost to serve, competition, demographics, and MORE.

For service providers, engineers, consultants, and government entities – the BroadbandFabric provides quality and reliable data that is required to effectively inform broadband deployment, business planning, and policy decisions.

CostQuest’s BroadbandFabric Data Suites

Built by broadband experts and blended with machine learning – each BroadbandFabric dataset comes in an Excel .CSV file format and can import into any major GIS application, visualization software, network planning tool, SQL, or other related applications.

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An example a Census Block with Broadband Serviceable Locations from CostQuest's BroadbandFabric data
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Each BroadbandFabric dataset contains a core base of Broadband Serviceable Locations (the coordinates of all structures where a broadband connection can be installed) and provides you with the level of granularity needed to identify end-user Broadband Serviceable Locations, and assist in qualifying whether they currently receive, can receive, or need broadband service. This data allows you to better understand the exact geographic placement of Broadband Serviceable Locations, the number of users, helps support opportunity analysis and precise cost planning, and more.

Reliable information for effective decisions & successful planning

To make intelligent and effective decisions, it’s critical to have reliable information that guides you in the right direction. In each BroadbandFabric dataset, every location has the option to tie with insightful information such as BDC Service Availability data, Engineering and Construction, Costs and Economics, and Demand and Demographic data you can rely on to support your critical decision-making. With this data all wrapped into one dataset, you can be equipped with all the information you need to make intelligent and effective network and business decisions with confidence.


Congress, federal agencies, service providers, and other organizations in the telecom industry, rely on CostQuest’s models and expertise to inform critical broadband initiatives and reform policies related to broadband deployment and data collection. CostQuest’s financial models are used by the FCC to distribute $3B annually to serve high-cost areas, and CostQuest’s granular geospatial Fabric data supports the Broadband Data Collection, National Broadband Map, and broadband funding programs. CostQuest’s work is reviewed regularly, withstanding the highest levels of scrutiny from government agencies down to service providers, supporting organizations, and consumers to ensure the work is done right and foundationally sound.

Broadband data to make broadband decisions easy


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Get broadband-specific data intelligence

With over 114+ million locations identified, each location represents either a residential, business, community anchor institution, governmental, and agriculture structures where a broadband connection is or can be installed. With the option to tie more broadband-specific attributes to each location that is built by broadband experts to enhance the analysis of each location to better support network planning, opportunity assessments, location qualification, policy, regulation, and sales and marketing broadband initiatives.
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Confirm geographic accuracy

BroadbandFabric datasets, except for CBG Ops Assessment, provides the exact geographic placement of each location, by first pinpointing structures of locations through highly accurate latitude and longitude coordinates, then using visual verification methods for added confidence.
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Universal Location IDs Compatible with Federal Programs

The Location ID tied to each location in all the BroadbandFabric Data Suites align with the Location IDs in the FCC’s Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric for the Broadband Data Collection and National Broadband Map programs. These locations also align with the data used for select federal broadband funding programs.
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Easy import & interoperability with other datasets & applications

All BroadbandFabric datasets come in a .CSV file format that can easily import into any major GIS or visualization software, network planning tools, SQL, or related applications. This data integrates easily with other data by using a unique location ID, which is a universal location identifier that can support aligning other datasets with the locations in the BroadbandFabric data.
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What broadband data is included in each dataset?

All datasets come in an Excel .CSV file format for easy import into any major GIS, visualization software, network planning tool, SQL, or related applications. Data is available for every U.S. state, county, and territory. In the table below, “x” indicates which data fields are included in a particular data suite package.

BroadbandFabric Data SuitesBroadband Serviceable Locations (BSLs)BDC-BSL FlagH3 Location IDsBuilding Type: Residence, Business, Community, Agriculture, etc.Community Anchor InstitutionsAddressesUnit CountHUBB USAC Locations BDC Landscape (service availability + carrier information)Federally Funded AreasBuild Complexity ScoringFiber Cost ModelFixed Wireless Cost Model5G Cost Model (in development)Fiber Business CaseResidential & Business Demand and Demographics
(US Census 2020)
Fiber Adoption & Take Rate EstimationNetwork Auto Design
ServiceLandscapexxxxxxx*xxx*CUSTOM BUILT*CUSTOM BUILT
NetworkPlan xxxxxxx*xxxxxx*CUSTOM BUILTxx*CUSTOM BUILT
CBG Opportunity Assessmentxxxx*CUSTOM BUILTxx
StatePlanxxxxxxxxxxxx*CUSTOM BUILTxx*CUSTOM BUILT
* Data you can add-on (not included in general data suite purchase)

Custom data you can add on

Custom Fiber Business Case Data

The custom Fiber Business Case data provides users with comprehensive financial data that provides accurate cost estimates and revenue projections for broadband professionals to precisely understand the full market opportunity for deploying a typical Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) network buildout to a defined service area, the success-based capital needed, Net Present Value, identify where funding is most required, and the cost to maintain the network business over time.

  • This data provides users with a full Fiber Business Case for a custom geographic area.
  • Users indicate their defined service area, and we will deliver custom Business Case data for that area.
  • The full Business Case includes the cost to maintain the business over time, plus an estimate of demand and revenue, and success-based capital.
  • The custom Business Case data also provides the Net Present Value look of the potential service area. With this information, users can understand the full market opportunity for deploying a typical Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) network buildout to a defined service area and identify where funding is most required.

Click the button below to learn more about CostQuest’s custom Fiber Business Case Model data.

Custom Fiber Network Design from our CQA Autodesign model

  • This data includes fiber routes to Broadband Serviceable Locations (demand) and logical placements of equipment along the way.
  • We also will provide you with an efficient clustering and a full GIS design output ready for approval from a Professional Engineer.
Broadband-specific, precise and simple

After 20+ years of broadband planning, economic network modeling, and mapping, we understand the challenges that come with limited access to quality and granular data. These Data Suites were created with a simple aim – to deliver broadband-specific, precise, and simple data solutions to support building broadband maps, fill customer database gaps, identify expansion opportunities, cost to serve, assess competition, service availability, federally funded areas, fulfill reporting requirements, qualify locations, inform sales and marketing initiatives, support network planning, design, and more.

How CostQuest Identifies Broadband Serviceable Locations

With over 115 million total locations across the U.S., CostQuest’s Broadband Serviceable Locations are defined as residential, business, CAI, agricultural, and other locations where fixed broadband internet access service is, or can be installed. To identify these structures, see the process pictured below.

Data sources CostQuest uses to find Broadband Serviceable Location.

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