Blandin Uses COS Service Zones to Rally Committed Customers

  • COS Systems
ITASCA COUNTY, MN – The Blandin Foundation, whose mission is to enhance the economic viability of rural communities, is using COS Service Zones to support county efforts to pinpoint demand and help to rally communities in rural Itasca County, Minn., around fiber. Many residents in the county lack the high-speed Internet access they need to stay connected and power their businesses.

“Access to broadband brings increased jobs and self-employment, better education, health care and entertainment,” said Bernadine Joselyn, director of public policy and engagement for Blandin Foundation. “Broadband access increases property values. Broadband connects us to friends and family across the county and around the world.”

Enticing Investments from ISPs
By collecting valuable data through a website powered by COS Service Zones Blandin and their county partners hope to entice Internet service providers to invest in the county. By seeing on a map where demand for fiber is highest, Joselyn said, infrastructure commitments are sure to follow.

The effort squares with Blandin’s mission of strengthening rural Minnesota communities, Joselyn said. The philanthropic organization hopes to see the day everyone in Itasca County has fiber, from densely populated Grand Rapids and to spread-out communities outside the city limits, and beyond.

“Blandin Foundation meets communities where they are, connects them to resources, and commits to partnerships that create vibrant, rural communities,” said COS Systems CMO Isak Finér.

Rolling Out Subscriber-based Fiber
COS Service Zones allows service providers to roll-out fiber efficiently with committed customers rather deploying from one end of town to the other and then chasing customers.

  • Draw multiple competing zones across your city or town.

  • See demand build in real-time as customers signup using your branded website.

  • Deploy, once target take rate is reached, to accelerate profitability.


 

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