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Kitsap Public Utility District uses demand aggregation tool to validate demand before investing public funds in fiber infrastructure.

KITSAP COUNTY, Washington – Little more than a year ago, residents started informally inquiring with the Kitsap Public Utility District (KPUD) to explore whether the PUD could provide internet infrastructure, rather than relying on traditional telecom and cable providers who were not meeting the needs of this rural, mountainous region within commuting distance of Seattle.

“Kitsap PUD has been providing services to Anchor Institutions in Kitsap County for 15 years.  Recently residents have been inquiring on how they obtain access to this fiber to have quality and reliable high-speed broadband services at their homes,” recalled KPUD Superintendent of Telecom Paul Avis. “It has only been in the last year, with the FCC discussing open internet and Google Fiber, that we saw the extent of how unhappy residents were with their current services.” Case in point, “I live less than a half-mile from town,” Avis said, “and get less than 1 Mbps of service over a copper DSL line. Many residents can’t get any service at all.”

“As a government agency, we can’t rely on anecdotal data since we need to be responsible with public funds,” said Bob Hunter, General Manager at KPUD. “What’s most appealing with COS Service Zones is that it enables us to let the gathering and push of interest to come from the citizens. We want to be sure the residents are driving this.” COS Service Zones provides an effective framework for residents who are rallying for better service to have a greater role in gaining better Internet faster: “The system is very well designed and able to handle all the data and capture answers to the questions we have. Are people happy with current services? Where is the need? Do they want services from the PUD?” Hunter said. “The Champions aspect of Service Zones is going to be integral to our success: Not just in gathering information but in getting service to the residents.  The champions are able to explaining how it all works on a peer-to-peer basis, enabling PUD staffing to stay unchanged.”

“COS Service Zones enables the PUD to identify areas of need and want for open access telecommunications services and directs us to which neighborhoods to connect first, “ Avis said. “Because COS Systems’ technology enables self-service, once we’re deployed, we’ll be able to expand and continue to serve customers with minimal additional costs,” Avis said, describing the intent to continue working with the COS suite of products managing the day-to-day operations of the open-access network with COS Business Engine.

“If how COS Systems got involved is any indication,” notes COS’s Head of International Business Development Bjorn Wannman, “then it’s reasonable to expect that there is significant demand in Kitsap County. My first contact with this inspiring project was actually with a Kitsap resident, as a grassroots effort, who suggested we at COS connect with KPUD. This underscores the power of the community and its ability to engage; this is the very foundation of COS Service Zones.”

COS Chief Marketing Officer Isak Finér adds, “This is one of the most promising big-scale open-access projects in the US right now. They already have the backbone fiber infrastructure in the ground, and they know there is a great demand among the residents. With the right tool now in their hands to aggregate this demand and guide them to where they can confidently deploy to already committed customers, I’m positive this project will get a flying start and be a long-term success bringing new jobs and a higher quality of life to Kitsap County residents.”

About COS Service Zones

“Build it, and they will come?” Now, there’s a better way to roll-out fiber – with committed customers. No more deploying from one end of town to the other – then chasing customers.

  1. Draw multiple competing zones across your city or town.
  2. See demand build in real-time as customers signup using your branded website.
  3. Deploy, once target take rate is reached, to accelerate profitability.

Our mission: Subscriber-backed, successful fiber, and no more failed projects. COS Service Zones brings broadband to homes all across the globe. Let’s discover the demand in your community.

About COS Systems

COS SYSTEMS is a leading provider of software to plan, deploy and manage modern broadband networks that support services from one or more providers, using a powerful yet simple self-service interface. COS Systems takes customer needs and delivers innovative software solutions that streamline operations, accelerate revenue and deliver more satisfied subscribers.  Learn more about COS Systems on www.cossystems.com.

About Kitsap PUD

Kitsap Public Utility District (KPUD) is a municipal corporation in Washington State with incorporated boundaries parallel to Kitsap County. Our mission is building and strengthening communities through utility services.  We are proud to be connecting residents of Kitsap County to each other, to local government, and to the world.

Isak Finér
Chief Marketing Officer
COS Systems AB
+46-737 51 99 38
isak.finer@www.cossystems.com
www.cossystems.com

Paul Avis
Superintendent of Telecom
Kitsap PUD
(360) 626-7731
Paul@KPUD.org
KPUD.org

Ideatek is a Kansas fiber provider using COS Service Zones to deliver high-speed internet to customers when they want it.

Customers showed a demand for broadband, and Ideatek is meeting that demand providing an ultra fast, reliable internet service, using a win-win system.

BUHLER, KANSAS – The self-described “Rural Kansas geeks” at Ideatek have been helping customers access the web at desired speeds since the team started in the market in 1999. All across Kansas, businesses and private consumers seek fiber connectivity as soon as possible, and Service Zones™ is helping Ideatek discover and meet that demand. Customers in urban areas and in rural communities are turning to Ideatek for fiber connectivity, expanding the company’s market and increasing access statewide at the same time. Read more

“We could take Service Zones out of the box and make it work on day one. All we needed to do was add data, and we were off and running.”

Fast-growing South African firm says in Broadband Communities Magazine that COS Service Zones has made the search for customers in neighborhoods smarter and has boosted the company’s growth

Wanting to get away from the “build it and they will come” model of fiber-deployment, Vumatel used COS Systems Service Zones to pinpoint areas in communities across South Africa where demand was high. It’s been a critical part of the firm’s expansion in areas that have been underserved when it comes to Internet speed for years. Vumatel has already engaged more than 42 gated communities and suburbs in Johannesburg and Cape Town using Service Zones. Vumatel CEO Neil Schoeman aims to bring fiber to 200,000 homes in just a few years.

“We are incredibly pleased Vumatel has found COS to be so instrumental in its growth. We’re grateful for the opportunity to work with the ambitious firm, and we thank them for sharing their experiences in the BBC.”

says CMO Isak Finér. Read more

COS Service Zones enables Sonic to create buzz and aggregate demand for high-speed fiber in Bay Area

BRENTWOOD, California – COS Systems, a leading provider of software to plan, deploy and manage modern fiber today announced that Sonic, the largest independent ISP in Northern California, deployed COS Service Zones as part of its plan to build out Gigabit Fiber-to-the-Home Internet in the City of Brentwood, California. Sonic selected COS Service Zones for its ability to document demand, engage community leaders, and assess potential subscribers’ current Internet access speeds and desired services.

Sonic verifies communities’ demand for Gigabit Fiber Internet through the COS Service Zones Zone Analyzer. Targeted neighborhood-by-neighborhood surveys help Sonic understand future subscribers’ willingness to purchase Internet service, analyzing which neighborhoods have the most densely packed interest. Potential subscribers are also able to check the rate of interest in their neighborhood and receive updates about the build-out from Sonic.

COS Service Zones enables Sonic to engage with the Brentwood community and rally them for a fiber network. Sonic recruits and mobilizes “champions” who volunteer to spread the word about Sonic’s Gigabit Fiber Internet to increase their neighborhood’s level of interest. Through the software’s functionality, Sonic is able to send materials to champions and communicate via email with updates and events.

“Sonic is one of the most respected ISPs in the U.S. with a long history of delivering Internet connectivity at fair prices with great customer service,” said Isak Finér, Chief Marketing Officer, COS Systems.

“We are proud that a company with such vast experience and dedication to great customer service has chosen our solution to support them as they now move into the Gigabit fiber business. With COS being a young and up-and-coming company, we love working with ambitious entrepreneurs such as Dane Jasper and the Sonic team.”

About COS Service Zones

“Build it, and they will come?” Now, there’s a better way to roll-out fiber – with committed customers. No more deploying from one end of town to the other – then chasing customers.

  1. Draw multiple competing zones across your city or town.
  2. See demand build in real-time as customers signup using your branded website.
  3. Deploy, once target take rate is reached, to accelerate profitability.

Our mission: Subscriber-backed, successful fiber, and no more failed projects. COS Service Zones brings broadband to homes all across the globe. Let’s discover the demand in your community.

About COS Systems

COS SYSTEMS is a leading provider of software to plan, deploy and manage modern fiber networks that support services from one or more providers, using a powerful yet simple self-service interface. COS Systems takes customer needs and delivers innovative software solutions that streamline operations, accelerate revenue and deliver more satisfied subscribers. Learn more about COS Systems on www.cossystems.com and the new innovative product COS Service Zones at www.servicezones.net.

About Sonic

Based in Santa Rosa, Sonic is the largest independent ISP in Northern California, with a mission to offer every home and business in America access to fast, affordable Internet and home phone service. Sonic was one of the first ISPs to build Gigabit Fiber Internet networks in the U.S. and continues to lead the way in making new access and hosting solutions available to the public. For more information about Sonic please email pr@sonic.com.

 

For additional information, contact:

Tara SharpSonic
707-522-1000
pr@sonic.com
Isak Finér
COS Systems AB
+46-737 51 99 38
isak.finer@www.cossystems.com
www.cossystems.com