The California High Cost Fund-B (CHCF-B) was implemented in accordance with Public Utilities Code § 739.3. It provides subsidies to carriers of last resort (COLRs) for providing basic local telephone service to residential customers in high-cost areas that are currently served by Pacific Bell Telephone Company dba AT&T California, Verizon California Inc., Citizens Telecommunications Company of California dba Frontier Communications of California, and Cox Communications. The purpose of the subsidies is to keep basic telephone service affordable and to meet the Commission’s universal service goal.
The downloadable file below contains a list of high cost Census Block Groups (CBG) and their associated costs according to the Cost Proxy Model adopted by Decision 96-10-066. The Census Block Groups are in the ".csv" file format. The file can be loaded into Excel or into most PC data base programs. Download
CHCF-B is funded by an all-end-user surcharge billed and collected by telecommunications carriers which, in turn, remit the surcharge monies to a financial institution as directed by the Commission or its representatives. Procedures for the administration of CHCF-B and guidelines for qualification of COLR are set forth in the Adopted Universal Service Rules adopted by the Commission in D.96-10-066.
There is an advisory board, the CHCF-B Administrative Committee
A hard copy of Commission decisions/orders can be obtained for a fee by calling 415-703-2045. Questions about this program should be directed to one of the following: