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Title: California Teleconnect Fund Program Technical Meeting

California Teleconnect Fund Program Technical
  • CPUC Auditorium
  • September 5, 2008
  • 1015 a.m. to 230 p.m.

  • Background
  • 5/25/06 Commission opened this rulemaking to
    conduct review of PPP CTF, ULTS, Payphone, DDTP
  • Although the CTF is working well to advance
    universal goals, the Commission believed that
    review of these programs was long overdue given
    vast changes in communications marketplace due to
    state and federal laws mandating competition.
  • The Commission conducted public participation
    hearings, and after several rounds of comments,
    the Commission issued Decision 08-06-020.

  • On June 12, 2008, D.08-06-020 was issued and
    ordered several key changes to the CTF as
  • Inclusion of California Community Colleges,
    California Telehealth Network participants and
    non-profit CBOs providing 2-1-1 Information and
    Referral Services
  • Removal of the CTF tariff requirements for all
    carriers that provide CTF-eligible services on a
    detariffed or non-regulated basis
  • Expansion of CTF-eligible services to include
    Internet Access service

Community Colleges (CCs) New CTF Participants
  • The Commission believes that extending CTF to CCs
    meets the statutory goals of CTF.
  • CCs serve 2.5 million adults per year, 30 of
    which are low income students.
  • CCs increased access to advanced telco
    communications technology will help the CCs to
    better train and serve their students and bridge
    the digital divide in communities served by such
  • Budget cap of 7.874 is mandated to ensure that
    other CTF participants are not negatively

2-1-1 Information and Referral Services
(Non-Profit CBOs)
  • D.08-06-020 clarified that 2-1-1 are eligible for
  • D.03-02-029, p. 38, FoF 4, provides that 2-1-1
    dialing has the potential to provide Californians
    easy access to information concerning child care
    services, housing assistance, physical and mental
    health resources, aging and hospice services,
    educational and other programs.

California Telehealth Network (CTN) Participants
  • CTN is comprised of a large and diverse group of
    partners that will connect Californias rural
    communities to a broad range of
    technology-enhanced services to improve the
    quality of healthcare
  • CTN can also be used as a resource for emergency
    and disaster preparedness
  • It will connect more than 300 rural sites with
    each other, and with a network of specialty
    providers at academic medical centers and other
    non profit and for-profit health care providers
  • Ultimately link California providers to a
    nationwide broadband network dedicated to health
  • In November 2007, the FCC approved 22.1 million
    over three years to help develop the CTN and will
    fund 85 of the costs.
  • CTF will fund 50 of the remaining 15 of
    CTF-eligible monthly recurring costs, or 7.5 of
    the total monthly recurring CTF costs.

Effective Date of CTF Discount for New
  • Community Colleges Date of application, but no
    earlier than 12/1/08 (tentative) for new and
    existing CTF-eligible services.
  • Non-Profit CBOs providing 2-1-1 Information and
    Referral Service date of application filing
  • CTN Participants - upon completion of

FY 09-10 Budget for Expansion
  • CTN 0.650 million
  • CCs 7.874 million
  • Internet Service 14.365 million
  • FY 08-09 Budget Expansion 13.352 million

Who Can Provide Internet Access and File Claims
  • All certificated and registered wireless carriers
    with the Commission
  • ISPs, wireless and cable providers (that are not
    registered/certificated by the Commission)
    through partnership with certificated and
    registered wireless carriers.

Who and What Services can be Detariffed
  • Carriers
  • ATT, Verizon, SureWest, and Frontier
  • CLECs
  • IXCs
  • Carriers may voluntarily detariff certain
    CTF-eligible services, with some limitations, per
    D.07-09-018 (please see page 50).
  • Examples of detariffed services
  • 1 MB, Switched 56, ISDN, PBX Trunks, Centrex,
    etc. (carriers filings subject to Commissions
    review and approval)
  • Carriers that offer CTF services on a detariffed
    basis or voluntarily participating non-regulated
    providers are required to include rates that were
    in effect at the time of the provisioning of the
    services for which the claim is submitted or an
    electronic link with such information.

Topics for Discussion/Input
  • Method of informing carriers and community
    colleges regarding fund availability
  • Internet Access Definition
  • Discount on MPLS
  • Wireless Internet Cell Phone Connection Limit of
    5 Per Entity
  • 1 MB Discount Elimination