California Teleconnect Fund        

List of Eligible CTF services 

The CTF uses the Universal Services Administrative Company’s (USAC) E-rate definitions for Digital Transmission Service, Internet Access and Wireless Internet Access, with certain exceptions[1];  There may be some items from USAC’s eligibility list that are not represented below and therefore not eligible for CTF discounts.  For example some maintenance and usage charges are on the USAC list but are not eligible for CTF discounts. 

The following services listed under these categories are eligible for CTF reimbursements:  

Digital Transmission Service 

 ·       Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) 

 ·       Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) 

 ·       Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) 

 ·       DS-1, DS-3 

 ·       Ethernet 

 ·       Fiber 

 ·       Frame Relay/Permanent Virtual Circuit (PVC) 

 ·       Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN, BRI, PRI) 

 ·       OC-1, OC-3, OC-12, OC-N 

 ·       Satellite service 

 ·       Switched Mulitimegabit Data Service (SMDS) 

 ·       T-1, T-3, Fractional T-1 

 ·       Wireless  

 ·       Wide Area Networks (WAN) 

In addition, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) is also eligible when used in conjunction with another CTF-eligible service. 

The following service may be eligible for CTF reimbursement subject to preapproval by CD staff: 

The telecommunications component of: 

 ·       Distance learning capability 

 ·       Video, or 

 ·       Interactive television 

Internet Access - Support in this funding category is generally only available for basic conduit access to the Internet but is not available for content, equipment purchased by applicants, and services beyond basic conduit access to the Internet.  Basic conduit access technologies include but are not limited to:  

·      Broadband over Power Lines (BPL) – enabled Internet access service 

 ·       Cable 

 ·       Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) 

 ·       Fiber/Leased Dark Fiber[2] 

 ·       Satellite service 

 ·       Telephone dial-up 

 ·       T-1 lines 

 ·       Wireless 

 ·       Wide Area Network (WAN) 

Wireless Internet Access Service [3] 

·       Wireless Internet Access Service – The CTF discount only applies to data plans and laptop cards and not cellular voice minutes or plans.  

Telephone Service *  

 ·       Measured Business Service 

 ·       VoIP 

Non Eligible Communication Services 

The following items are not eligible for CTF reimbursement: 

 ·       Content/Usage; 

 ·       Construction/Infrastructure; 

 ·       Maintenance/Inside Wire Maintenance; 

 ·       Video conferencing services; 

 ·       Email Services; 

 ·       Web Hosting; 

 ·       Firewall ; 

 ·       Domain Name Service; 

 ·       Dynamic Host Configuration; and 

 ·       Mobile hotspot service (only for educational purposes). 


For bundled products/services that contains both eligible and non-eligible services, carriers must cost allocate to receive partial CTF reimbursements.   

* Support in this funding category is only available for basic voice services or VoIP.  Long Distance, extra features, usage, equipment, etc. are not eligible for funding.  Additionally, voice services are only eligible for a 25% discount (not the standard 50% discount) on remaining costs after any applicable E-Rate discounts.[4]   


[1]  “D.15-07-007 – Decision Resolving Phase 1 and 2 Regarding the California Teleconnect Fund”, California Public Utilities Commission, July 27, 2015, p. 37.

[2] Ibid, p. 45.

[3] Wireless data plans and cards are ineligible unless they can be determined to be cost effective. D.15-07-001, p. 44

[4] D.15-07-001, p. 39.

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