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Title: California Teleconnect Fund (CTF)


1
California Teleconnect Fund (CTF)
Communications Division California Public
Utilities Commission September 2009
2
California Teleconnect Fund (CTF)
  • A state program administered by the California
    Public Utilities Commission
  • Participants receive a 50 discount on select
    communications services
  • 60.34 million budget for fiscal year 2009-10
  • www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/Telco/PublicPrograms/CTF/

3
How is CTF Funded?
  • Users of telecommunications services pay a CTF
    surcharge on instate phone bills
  • Current CTF surcharge rate is 0.079
  • If a monthly bill for in-state service is 100,
    the CTF surcharge is 7 cents

4
Who is Eligible?
  • K-12 Schools public private, annual endowments
    lt 50 million
  • Public Libraries
  • Hospitals Clinics municipal, county, or
    district-owned
  • Community Based Organizations must be non-profit
    and directly provide health care, educational
    instruction, computer training, job
    training/placement, or 2-1-1 Information
    Referral Services
  • Community Colleges
  • California Telehealth Network Participants

5
Which Services are Eligible?
  • Measured Business Line
  • Switched 56
  • Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN)
  • T-1 Lines
  • Internet Access Services
  • OC 3 OC 192
  • Multiprotocol Label Switching (in conjunction
    with a broadband service)
  • functional equivalents, which may vary between
    service providers

6
How does the CTF Discount Work?
  • 50 off the monthly recurring charges of eligible
    services
  • Discount also applies to company specific
    surcharge/surcredits, CPUC User Fee, Federal
    Excise Fee, 911 Fee, local/city specific taxes
  • Schools Libraries Federal E-Rate discount
    applied prior to CTF discount
  • Not eligible installation, equipment other
    non-recurring charges

7
How does the CTF Discount Work?
  • Savings reflected on monthly bill, which is net
    of discount
  • The service providers are reimbursed for the
    discounts by the CTF program
  • CTF discounted services cannot be resold to, or
    shared with, any other non-qualifying entity or
    person

8
Federal E-Rate Discount Application
  • Applies to all schools libraries
  • CTF discount only applies to eligible charges
    remaining after application of the E-Rate
    discount
  • The statewide average E-Rate percentage
    (currently 70) is used if
  • Customer did not apply for E-Rate
  • Customers E-Rate application is pending
    discount trued up by service provider upon
    receipt of E-Rate funding commitment letter
  • An E-Rate discount of 0 if
  • Customer is denied E-Rate funding verified by
    E-Rate funding commitment letter
  • Customer is small school district as defined by
    Section 42280 of California Education Code,
    unless school has an actual E-Rate

9
How to Receive the Discount
  • Eligibility requirements, the application
    instructions are at the CTF website
  • www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/Telco/PublicPrograms/CTF/
  • Approved applicants receive Approval Letter
    Application Number, which they use to notify
    their service provider of CTF-eligibility
  • If customer notifies their service provider
    within 30 days from receipt of the Approval
    Letter, the discount is retroactive to the day
    the application was filed
  • If customer notifies their service provider after
    30 days from receipt of the Approval Letter, the
    discount begins on the date of notification

10
How to Receive the Discount (contd)
  • Approved applicants contd
  • Customer should inform their service provider of
    CTF eligibility each time a new service is
    ordered
  • Customer should document (contact info, date,
    request made) all requests made to their service
    provider
  • See above website for contact info of
    participating service providers
  • Once approved, there is no need to re-apply or
    submit a new CTF application with the California
    Public Utilities Commission CTF Program

11
Application Process Required Info
  • Public Schools
  • CA Department of Educations (CDE)
    County-District-School (CDS) 14-digit code number
    and sponsoring districts name
  • Private, Catholic School
  • CDEs CDS 14-digit code number
  • Copy of 501(c)(3) IRS tax exempt status letter
    addressed to the Assistant General Counsel,
    United States Conference, WA, D.C.
  • Cover page copy of the Official Catholic
    Directory
  • Copy of the page in the directory listing the
    name of the church and/or school

12
Application Process Required Info
  • Private, Religious (other than Catholic)
  • CA Department of Educations County-District-Schoo
    l code
  • 501(c)(3) IRS tax exempt status letter addressed
    to the school
  • If the IRS tax exempt status letter was not
    addressed directly to the school, please submit
    the following
  • Letter from church stating your school is the
    churchs subunit
  • Copy of the church directory or similar directory
    cover page
  • Page of directory listing the name of the church
    and/or school

13
Application Process Required Info
  • Private, Non-Religious School
  • CDEs CDS Code number
  • 501(c)(3) IRS tax exempt status letter addressed
    directly to the school
  • Library
  • Proof of certification by the California State
    Library

14
Application Process Required Info
  • Community Colleges
  • 3-digit Management Information System Code

15
Application Process Required Info
  • Government-Owned Hospitals and Health Clinics
  • Letter indicating that it is owned and operated
    by government employees
  • Cover page directory copy
  • Page in the directory indicating the name of the
    person that signed the letter

16
Application Process Required Info
  • Community Based Organizations
  • 501(c)(3) or 501(d) IRS tax-exempt status letter
    addressed to the organization
  • Latest IRS Form 990 that is addressed to the
    organization
  • Mission statement
  • Brochure of the organization
  • CPUC adopted Resolution, if applying as 2-1-1
    service provider
  • Name change documentation, if applicable
  • A letter explaining a change of address, if
    applicable

17
Application Process Required Info
  • Community Based Organizations (contd)
  • Non-profit hospitals and health clinics applying
    as CBOs must also provide the following
    information
  • List the names and residential addresses of your
    board of directors (please do not use your
    business address), and describe how the board of
    directors is representative of the community you
    serve.
  • Are you located in a rural area and/or do you
    provide health care to a rural population? If
    yes, describe that rural area/community.
  • Describe the geographic community or
    neighborhood, community of identity, or community
    of interest to which you provide health care.
  • Is your yearly revenue, including grants and
    contributions, under 50 million? If yes, state
    the amount of your yearly revenue.

18
Additional CTF Discount on Installation Costs (SB
909)
  • 1.8 million funding available for installation
    costs of advanced services for non-profit CBOs
  • CBOs must be engaged in diffusing advanced
    technology and provide computer training to local
    communities
  • 100 discount on high speed broadband service
    installation charge (no special construction)
  • Speed of at least 384 kbps
  • Advanced service must be installed from 7/1/08
    through 3/31/2010, or until funding is depleted,
    whichever comes first

19
Application Process Required Info
  • California Telehealth Network (CTN) Participants
  • Will receive CTF funding after broadband
    infrastructure is built
  • CTN participants criteria will be posted on the
    CPUC website at a later time
  • http//www.caltelehealth.org/documents/loa_faq.pdf

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Thank you! For Additional Information http//ww
w.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/Telco/PublicPrograms/CTF/
www.cpuc.ca.gov Fe Lazaro fnl_at_cpuc.ca.gov Ad
am Clark ajc_at_cpuc.ca.gov Nate Christo nc2_at_cpuc.ca
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