Zachary Cochran

Zachary Cochran

Business Advisory Director
Phone: 651-621-8508
Location: Roseville

Zach is a Business Advisory Director at Olsen Thielen.  He has degrees in Economics and Mathematics and has spent his entire professional career as a rural telecommunications consultant.  Zach is a strong advocate for minimizing the regulatory burden on rural ILECS and is always working with his clients to improve broadband mapping strategies and methodologies.


  • Developed a cost allocator with multi-year forecasting, rate development, and VBA automation
  • Developed a timesheet and invoice program in VBA and performed client billing
  • Filed HUBB, 477, BDC, PMM, and state broadband data
  • Managed special GIS projects
  • Coded processes in Python to extract filing data from billing
  • Presented at NTCA and other large industry meetings
  • Assisted clients with all aspects of Federal and State grant and RUS loan applications
  • Represented clients and industry associations in FCC meetings
  • Developed regression-based expense and revenue models to determine feasibility
    of new ISPs
  • Reproduced and refuted FCC quantile regression model


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Major in Economics with Finance Emphasis), Colorado State University, Pueblo

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Colorado State University, Pueblo

Core Specializations

  • Cost Studies
  • Regulatory & Compliance Reporting
  • Regulatory Reviews & Audits
  • Strategic Planning
  • Forecasting
  • Process Automations
  • GIS Analysis


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