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California Advanced Services Fund

USDA ReConnect Program

California Advanced Services Fund

The primary purpose of the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) is to subsidise broadband infrastructure upgrades in unserved areas. In 2018, the California legislature defined “unserved” as lacking access to broadband service with minimum speeds of 6 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload. The California Public Utilities Commission administers CASF programs, and has an online map showing, by census block, preliminary eligibility determinations and areas where federal Connect America Fund subsidies have been awarded. Eligibility for CASF funding in Connect America Fund areas is limited until 1 July 2020.

More than $300 million is available. Applications for the next round of CASF infrastructure grants are due on 1 April 2019.

Key infrastructure grant documents are below. Closely related documents are here, and an extensive archive of CASF program documents is here.

CPUC decision appendix with CASF infrastructure grant application information and selection criteria

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13 Dec 2018

Final CPUC decision, implementing the California Advanced Services Fund infrastructure account revised rules

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13 Dec 2018

USDA ReConnect Program

Congress created the ReConnect broadband grant program in 2018, and appropriated $600 million for it. $200 million is available for grants, $200 million for 50/50 grant/loan combinations, and $200 million for loans. These subsidies are available to upgrade broadband infrastructure to a minimum of 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload speeds, in rural areas that lack service at minimum speeds of 10 Mbps upload and 1 Mbps download. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service.

Grant applications are due on 29 April 2019, grant/loan applications on 29 May 2019, and loan applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis beginning on 28 June 2019.

Key ReConnect program application documents are below. Related documents are here.

RUS Funding Opportunity Announcement, ReConnect Program

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14 Dec 2018

ReConnect Program factsheet

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13 Dec 2018

ReConnect Program frequently asked questions

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13 Dec 2018