Feasibility Studies and Business Planning

Fiber broadband success starts with effective planning and in-depth feasibility analysis.

Conexon makes broadband make sense when others can’t. We craft innovative solutions to suit co-ops of all shapes and sizes across the country, including those that may have conducted previous feasibility studies with discouraging results.

Conexon’s projects are the most successful in the country – because they start with a comprehensive, accurate and realistic feasibility study.

Our expert team – many of them co-op veterans – helps assess the feasibility of your FTTH deployment to determine how to build and operate broadband with maximum efficiency, looking closely at every aspect of your infrastructure, operations and business model.

What our feasibility study delivers:

  • Long-term (20 year) financial forecast to determine project viability (based on latest cooperative financial statements and budgets and forecasts)
  • Determination of build-out based on financing needs, including competitive map overlay and analysis of federal or state funding obligations and build-out requirements by incumbent carriers
  • Analysis of all service offerings including broadband, voice service, television and options for bundling
  • Demographic and economic analysis of your served counties compared to other successful cooperative fiber projects
  • Inclusion of smart-grid network connections, in-network capacity and design cost analysis
  • Recommended architecture and technology selection for accurate financial projection
  • Expert recommendations to improve the likelihood of success including financing, architecture, additional services, or areas to supplement density
  • Advice on federal regulatory issues

Wendy Sellers
“Do your homework through feasibility studies and talk to a variety of vendors to truly understand the cost of rural builds. It’s smart to estimate conservative take rates, but there is the possibility that those numbers will be exceeded. It’s a win-win for everyone if broadband can be managed properly. That’s what we’re seeing thanks to our partnership with Conexon.”

Tim Johnson,
CEO Otsego Electric Cooperative

(New York)

Wendy Sellers
“Don’t let the numbers scare you. We’ve served our membership with reliable electricity for 80 years and now it’s time to serve them the next generation of utility. Listen to your members, gather information, and go with a trusted resource who has knowledge, experience and a record of success. You don’t have to do it alone.”

Michael Kirkland,
CEO Petit Jean Electric Cooperative


Wendy Sellers
“We talked about why we should do a fiber build for our members, and Conexon supported those reasons with hard data about the cost to build, the challenges, the competition. Conexon Partners Randy Klindt and Jonathan Chambers are an outside authority who helped everyone clearly understand what it would take to bring broadband to our community.”

Nate Boettcher,
President & CEO Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services