California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) – Line Extension Program

Program Overview and Important Information

AB 1665 created the Line Extension Program (LEP) as a pilot project within the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) Broadband Infrastructure Grant Account. Under the LEP, an individual household and/or property owner can apply for an infrastructure grant to offset the costs of connecting a household or property to an existing or proposed facility-based broadband provider.

Funding Available

AB 1665 authorized the Commission to award up to $5 million in grants to offset the costs of connecting to an existing or proposed facility-based broadband provider.     

Eligible Applicants

An "Eligible Applicant" is the customer residing at the location to be served, who qualifies for the California LifeLine or CARE Program's qualifying income threshold. Applicants who are not enrolled in the CARE or LifeLine programs but have a household income equivalent to the CARE program's income guidelines automatically meet the qualifying income threshold.

A representative, including a facilities-based broadband provider, may apply for service on behalf of an eligible applicant or a group of eligible applicants.

Applying for Funds

Applications will be accepted beginning July 1, 2019.

To apply:

Applications may be submitted at any time. However, the Communications Division will consider applications submitted on or before each deadline listed below as a batch, until the funding exhausted. 

  • July 1, 2019
  • September 1, 2019
  • December 1, 2019
  • March 1, 2020
  • June 1, 2020
  • September 1, 2020
  • December 1, 2020
  • March 1, 2021
  • June 1, 2021
  • September 1, 2021
  • December 1, 2021
  • March 1, 2022
  • June 1, 2022
  • September 1, 2022
  • December 1, 2022

Any deadline falling on a holiday or a weekend will be extended to the following business day.

Applicants must electronically file their completed application, along with required documentation, using the Commission's email address at: CASFLineExtensionProgram@cpuc.ca.gov and mail a separate hard copy to:

Communications Division
Attn: California Advanced Services Fund, Line Extension Program
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

The submitted documents must be clear and legible.

Public notice of applications recieved will be published on the Commission's website. Pursuant to PU Code § 281 (f)(8), parties may challenge project applications. Challenges must be submitted to CD and the CASF Distribution List within 14 days after the public notice posting on the Commission's website.

Challenges must be based solely on demonstrating actual levels of broadband service in the project area. Challengers have 10 business days to provide service to the households; otherwise, the challenge will be denied.

 

Questions?

Please contact us at CASFLineExtensionProgram@cpuc.ca.gov

 


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