The California Public Utilities Commission recently revised its grant and loan program for supporting construction of broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas of the state. There is no formal application package, but the requirements are in the Commission's 1 February 2012 decision, as corrected on 12 March 2012. More information, including mapping data, is available here.
Tellus Venture Associates was granted party status in the proceeding and filed comments requesting that municipal utilities be included in the grant and loan program. The CPUC did not adopt that request.
Palo Alto user-financed FTTP study released
A detailed financial analysis of options for user-financed residential broadband service is now available for download, along with the presentation made to the Palo Alto Utilities Advisory Commission on 6 June 2012.
Draft commercial broadband plan presented to San Leandro City Council
On 9 April 2012, the San Leandro City council reviewed a draft strategic plan for improving commercial broadband access. The council endorsed the plan, and released it for public review and comment.
Lit San Leandro construction underway
The City of San Leandro joined an elite group of cities with municipal dark fiber rings, as construction crews began putting fiber in the ground in February 2012. In the San Francisco Bay Area, only two others – Palo Alto and Santa Clara – have this kind of publicly available broadband infrastructure. In 2011, the San Leandro City Council has approved a conduit lease agreement, negotiated by Tellus Venture Associates, that led to the beginning of construction of an 11 mile fiber optic ring through the business and industrial areas of the city.
Palo Alto fiber market research report
A fiber market research report prepared for the City of Palo Alto from 2011 is available for download.
Community broadband development resources
The sidebar on the right points the way to case studies, CASF grant resources, workshop presentations, sample contracts and more. In many cases the source documents are available upon request.
Creating and implementing fundable business plans for community broadband projects is a speciality of Tellus Venture Associates. Our experience includes:
Financial and technical feasibility studies
Primary market research to determine demand and community support
Business case assessment
Business model and funding development
RFP development and support
In addition, we can help communities prepare applications for broadband grants from several sources, including the California Advanced Services Fund. Tellus Venture Associates managed grant applications in both rounds of the broadband stimulus program. We were responsible for a broadband infrastructure stimulus grant application to NTIA for a $50 million project on behalf of the Central Coast Broadband Consortium (CCBC) in California. Assistance was provided to other clients, including the City of Los Angeles and the City of Oakland, in assessing and preparing stimulus grant requests.
California regional broadband consortia grants
The California Public Utilities Commission approved specific grant requirements for the regional broadband consortia program established last year by Senate Bill 1040. Qualifying regional consortia, in urban and rural areas, can apply for up to $150,000 in funding for each of three years ($450,000 total). Grant application materials are available here.
Tellus Venture Associates is responsible for the successful Central Coast Broadband Consortium application, and can provide assistance in applying for consortia grants.