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Rural Telecommunications Infrastructure (RTI) Grant Program

The RTI Grant Program will fund projects that bring basic telephone service to areas currently not served by a local exchange carrier.  RTI will fund the construction of telecommunications infrastructure and encourages applicants to seek additional funding from other sources such as the federal Rural Utilities Service program.

Special consideration will be given to areas that lack access to an emergency telephone system and communities with schools, hospitals and health clinics.

The RTI Grant Program (formerly known as AB 140) was authorized by the Commission on September 18, 2003, in Decision (D.) 03-09-071, which implemented eligibility criteria for community based groups to qualify to apply for rural telecommunications infrastructure grants.  D.05-03-005 adopted the interim rules in D.03-09-071 as final rules.  RTI is defined in Public Utilities Code § 276.5.

In the 2007-2008 Legislative Session, SB 1149 extended the RTI Grant Program to January 1, 2013, and authorized $40 million in grants through December 31, 2012.  No grant can be more than $5 million.

  • Use the attached checklist in submitting an application. 

Review Approved, Proposed and Completed Projects

Questions about this program should be directed to:

Program and Project Supervisor: Eric Van Wambeke by phone at 415-703-2896 or e-mail at or Michael Coen (415) 703-2628 or e-mail at


Last Modified: 11/22/2011

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