Rulemaking to Conduct a Comprehensive Examination of the California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) (R.13-01-010)

This Rulemaking was issued by the CPUC on January 31, 2013, to examine whether the California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) is fulfilling its purpose and whether the CTF’s current structure and administrative process are adequate to further the programs goals. The CPUC also reaffirmed its commitment to bringing the benefits of advanced communications services to all Californians, while also ensuring that California ratepayer money is spent prudently.

Rulemaking Status Update

The Commission adopted new rules for the California Teleconnect Fund in Decision 15-07-007 issued on July 23, 2015.  Decision 18-01-006 issued January 18, 2018, addresses implementation issues and documentation requirements  for the three-year California Teleconnect Fund eligibility reverification process for community-based organizations (CBOs) adopted in Decision 15-07-007  The Decision also finds that it is unnecessary to adopt an "administration factor" in determining CBO eligibility and adopts criteria for the new "CBO Healthcare" category, including a $50 million revenue cap for each entity in the new category.  Decision 18-01-006 further orders staff to hold a workshop regarding implementation of the requirement that qualifying services (e.g., job training) are at least 50% of a CBO's mission and to develop an appeal process for CBOs deemed ineligible for recertification.  Until all of the new rules adopted by D.15-07-007 are implemented, CTF applications will continue to be reviewed under the rules prior to D.15-07-007.  Rulemaking 13-01-010 remains open. You can follow the progress of the rulemaking at the CPUC Proceedings website.

Proceeding Information


Phase II Workshop Presentations




Note that comments may be submitted via this webpage by Community Based Organizations and others who are not formal Parties to this proceeding but would like their comments considered. Click here to access the electronic form to submit comments.

Please submit your comments on the due date set for Comments and Reply Comments below.

table of dates



Prehearing Conference

November 17, 2015

Initial Comments on Issues 1 & 2

January 15, 2016

Reply Comments on Issues 1 & 2

January 29, 2016

Workshop on Issue 2

TBD, if applicable

Proposed Decision on Issues 1 & 2

Spring 2016

Initial Comments on Issues 3 through 11

April 8, 2016

Reply Comments on Issues 3 through 11

May 6, 2016

Potential Workshop on Issues 3 through 11

TBD, if applicable

Proposed Decision on Issues 3 through 11



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