Engineering – CNS | Cooperative Network Services

Fiber-Optic Network Engineering

Smart. Efficient. Networks designed for the future.

GIS-based FTTH design for easier management and faster ROI

We use real data to design your FTTH and backhaul networks – ensuring the route is efficient, resilient, and provides the optimum route for revenue opportunities.

Experience Matters

We’ve seen a lot and have the data to prove it after designing and managing the installation of nearly 7,000 miles of fiber optic cable – the distance from MN to the southern tip of South America.


Our Professional Engineers hold active licenses in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. We’re fluent with the RUS loan programs and construction processes, as well as A-CAM, and MN Broadband Grants requirements.

More than just a network map

By using third-party GIS data, we design networks for what’s coming next – both for technology purposes, and for future customer and revenue growth.

Meet the Engineering leadership team

Jason Dale
Jason Dale


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Jason leads the entire CNS organization as well has hands-on roles in each design project to ensure consistency for each project.

Paul Wuebben
Paul Wuebben

Engineering Services Manager

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Paul has 30+ years’ experience designing networks for rural communities. With involvement in a wide range of products, he’ll ensure your project goes smoothly.

Kevin Larson
“Our perspective is that CNS has a true passion to ensure FTTH build-outs are successful… they focus on building network sustainability for the future.”

– Kevin Larson, GM/CEO, CTC, Brainerd, MN

It all comes together with a plan

1 – Pre-design

We partner closely with you to identify your goals and identify the project scope.

2 – Financing Assistance

We’ll assist in helping you secure financing through RUS, CoBank, State and Federal programs, and more.

3 – Staking

Once your goals are clear, we’ll design the network for your current needs and future growth plans – all within ArcGIS for maximum flexibility.

4 – Inspection

Our teams are ready for on-site inspection to ensure your plant is built to your plan – we’ll also provide you with real-time GIS-collected data points.

The best stories have our customers in them


FTTH assistance from start to finish

Whether you’re planning your first project or it’s old hat for you, we’ll partner from the beginning to ensure your project is well planned. Starting first by defining the scope and your goals.

Once the project is defined, we’ll work with your team to do as much or as little as you require – whether we fill the gaps or manage the entire project.

At the initial stages we’ll assist with cost estimating, RUS loan assistance, and other information gathering for your financing. Then we’ll get to work on a design, permitting and staking. Next we’ll manage and inspect the construction to be sure it all goes to plan. Finally as-built records will be created in GIS format – this gives your teams the power to manage, troubleshoot, and sell faster, with less road blocks. All network design data can then flow to customer-facing apps for self management and real-time communication.

  • Strategic network design and planning
  • Fiber to the Home consulting
  • FTTH design and engineering
  • RUS Loan design
  • Conventional funding
  • RUS Loan application assistance
  • CAF Expression of Interest assistance
  • Fiber optic network transport design
  • DWDM, MPLS, Sonet, OCx
  • Outside Plant Layout and Design
  • Outside Plant Staking and Mapping
  • On-site inspectors
  • Project and Contract Management
  • Map Conversion Services (Elation, AutoCAD, GIS)
  • RUS Loan Designs and Conventional Lending Support
  • Network Architecture Design
  • Strategic Network Planning
  • Broadband Subscriber Access (FTTP, DSL, Ethernet)
  • Data Network and ISP Design
  • RUS Loan Design and Grant Application

Thought. Leaders.

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