Visualize your data.
Data is useless without context.
Our Geographic Information System (GIS) experts leverage GIS to help you visualize data for better decision making for every area of your company.
By combining data and smart mapping tools, patterns, trends, and ideas are easier to understand, so you can make better decisions, faster.
CNS is passionate about GIS because it’s clear that it will be the foundation for ISP operations in the future. These powerful tools incorporate data from Network Engineering, Network Operations, Finance, Regulatory, Marketing, Sales, Billing, and Customer Relations to improve efficiency, profitability, and ultimately creates better customer experiences.
We use ESRI’s new ArcGIS Pro software, and have full GIS hosting capabilities.
“The ability to see and interact with so much data on one map, helps us make decisions faster than we ever could before. The insight it provides into our data is what our company has been waiting for.”
-Tim Brinkman, GM/CEO, Garden Valley Telephone
Meet the GIS team
As a Feature Manipulation Engine (FME) certified GIS professional, I help broadband providers combine geographic and spatial data for fiber network construction, sales and marketing, network operations and more.
Every day I get more and more excited about the ways we’re using GIS to help our client partners improve their broadband businesses, and ultimately improve the lives of their subscribers.
The Possibilities are Endless (almost).
GIS for FTTH Engineering
Today’s networkdesigns require consideration of funding types, requirements, levels, build-out requirements (regulatory, franchise etc.), existing networks, competitor networks and services, demographic data, environmental data, and costs.
Combining internal and public data into one visual map, can make your decisions easier, faster, and most importantly, based on fact, not gut feel.
Faster, more efficient network designs save you money, and deliver a better network – ready for growth.
Once the network is built, your as-built data is more powerful than ever for your OSP, Marketing, CSR, Technicians, Accountants and more.
GIS for Technicians and CSRs
GIS for USAC RFP identification
GIS for customer self-management
Give them the power to see which services are available at any location.
Customers will thank you, and your OSP staff no longer wastes time on plant qualifications.
Customers can also see build-out and repair status in real-time lessening support calls.
GIS for regulatory reporting
Collaboration is key
Our GIS team collaborates with a variety of public entities to get third-party data to add context and value to the maps we create.
We also utilize data from clients, third-parties, state and federal agencies.
Our internal teams work closely to ensure each functional area can provide input for the most valuable data possible.
Clayton is often working with Chris on joint marketing projects, Paul on regulatory projects, and others.
The FCC’s HUBB reporting requires that 6 figure location data be provided for all newly built/upgraded broadband customers. Since many telecom BSS/OSS systems rely only on 911 addressing, the required HUBB data is not readily available.
Getting the X/Y coordinate details can be done in a few ways, but all come with tradeoffs between time, cost, and quality. But most importantly, it’s important to consider the long-term value of this data… well beyond meeting the baseline reporting requirement.
Leveraging GIS to first comply with the HUBB reporting, but then having a plan in place to use that data going forward will pay off.
From reporting, to network management, operations management, sales and marketing, customer service, tech support, outage management and more, it will become clear soon, that beginning down the path of a fully integrated GIS system now is the right choice.
While the A-CAM dollars will improve the economics of build-outs in underserved areas, one of the biggest risks is not knowing if the offered locations match your actual serviceable locations.
Repayment and penalty costs could be substantial if discrepancies are not identified early on in the A-CAM roll out process in your company.
Using a variety of public data addresses and parcel data, along with public demographic data, all combined with network data will be the only way to ensure your locations align with the A-CAM offered locations.
The investment in this exercise can pay for itself many times over even if you can avoid small penalties. Combining this data within the GIS platform allows for an automated way to generate interactive maps and lists which can be easily compared for accuracy.