Each BroadbandFabric Data Suite, delivered via Excel .CSV, comes with CostQuest’s base Broadband Serviceable Location data tied directly to federal initiatives and can be layered with insightful broadband data attributes per location to enhance your analysis and decision-making.
Below are descriptions of the available data layers offered in CostQuest’s BroadbandFabric Suites.
Dive deeper into each data layer’s information that you can leverage to support your decisions on various broadband-related initiatives.
Location Data (BSLs) Layer
Broadband Serviceable Locations: Includes coordinates of all serviceable locations, plus attributes such as a breakdown of building type including, Residence, Business, Community, Agriculture, etc., unit count, address, county, latitude, longitude, and includes an FCC Broadband Data Collection BSL flag that indicates that location falls under the FCC’s definition of a Broadband Serviceable Location (therefore is included in the FCC Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric database).
H3 and Location IDs: A H3 and Location ID are tied to every physical location, so the data pertaining to those locations can be easily tied to other datasets and shared across organizations. H3, a universal standard identifier, references the H3 hex cell ID, level 9. The “Location ID”, is the FCC Unique ID for each Broadband Serviceable Location in the Fabric data. This value is unique within the BroadbandFabric file. *CostQuest’s BroadbandFabric Location IDs align with the Location IDs in the FCC Broadband Serviceable Location Fabric database used for the FCC Broadband Data Collection and National Broadband Map.*
HUBB/USAC Filing Locations: Serviceable locations are formatted to support USAC HUBB filings. There is an optional address-matching service that can support organizing your data for HUBB and USAC Filings.
Service Availability & Competition Layer
BDC Competitive Landscape: The BDC Competitive Landscape dataset includes provider-reported service availability for all Broadband Serviceable Locations, including Fiber, Cable/HFC, and Fixed Wireless. It can help identify underserved (speeds <100/20Mbps) and unserved (speeds <25/3Mbps) areas. The data also includes details of the number and type of providers reporting they are servicing a location. Data sourced from the FCC’s Broadband Data Collection.
Federally Funded Locations Layer: Indicates when a location falls under a federal subsidy program. Includes additional attribution such as the name of the federal subsidy program Rural Broadband Experiments (RBE), NTIABIP, USDA, Auction 903 (CAFII), or Auction 904 (RDOF). This data will be updated and include future federal programs like BEAD. Data sourced from the FCC’s Broadband Funding Map.
Costs & Economics Layer
Fiber Investment: Fiber Cost model data at the Broadband Serviceable Location level for a typical FTTP (fiber to the premise) build-out. Includes an estimate of initial investment, plus the success-based capital to connect active customers. Based on a designed network from CostQuest’s CostPro (autodesign) model that creates an efficient build-out using the latest technology and cost assumptions.
Fixed Wireless Investment: Fixed Wireless Cost model data at the Broadband Serviceable Location level for an estimated fixed wireless build-out. Includes an estimate of initial investment, plus the success-based capital to connect active customers. Based on a designed network from CostQuest’s CQWireless, a demand-based site placement model that supports a pre-propagation study analysis to assess opportunities.
5G Mobility Investment (in development): Mobile Wireless Cost model data at the road segment level for a 5G build-out. Includes an estimate of the initial investment. The model represents a demand-based estimated site placement approach that supports a pre-propagation study analysis of overall costs on a large geographic scale.
Engineering & Construction Layer
Build Complexity Scoring: Data attributes for each Broadband Serviceable Location on the potential complexity of building land-based networks to the structure. Scoring complexity includes attributes such as routing, terrain, soil, labor rates, linear density, and other factors. It gives network planners a relative score by which to support decisions or to prioritize build projects.
Building Height and Attributes (optional): Data attributes for each Broadband Serviceable Location on the height of a serviceable structure. Network planners can use this data for wireless design support, or to estimate unit demand better.
Demand & Demographics Layer
Residential Demand: Provides census block level demand and demographics, including a count of housing units, income levels, education, age, and other demographic data.
Non-Residential Demand: Provides structure-level demand for business and organization’s service, including estimates of which locations may require dedicated service.
Community Anchor Institution Data: Gives the precise locations and types of Anchor Institutions such as schools, libraries, health care, and other public facilities.
Residential Market Share: Estimate of the projected market share that a new fiber entrant will experience with residential customers in the area. The rate takes into account the level and type of competition.
Non-Residential Market Share: Estimate of the projected market share that a new fiber entrant will experience with non-residential customers in the area. The rate takes into account the level and type of competition.
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