COVID-19 Distance Learning Discount on Mobile Data Services for California K-12 Public School Students

The California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) program is partnering with the California Department of Education (CDE) to meet the needs of students during the COVID-19 crisis. The CTF program is providing a 50% discount on the monthly recurring service charge for mobile data services that allow schools to extend the classroom to the home. This offer is intended to assist Rural and Small School Districts and Medium School Districts in their efforts to meet the needs of students that do not have internet access at home and therefore would be unable to participate in online classrooms or other distance learning activities. 

Who may apply? The application window for this offering is now closed.

Who is eligible for the Distance Learning Discount? California's K-12 public rural and small school districts and medium school districts.

Who must use the service? All services subject to this offer are to be assigned for use by a student who does not have internet access at home and therefore is unable to participate in distance learning activities while enrolled in the current school year.

What services are eligible? Monthly recurring costs for mobile broadband data services to connect students' personal devices or hotspots for distance learning purposes.

Exclusions include any costs or fees for device purchase or rental, or any service costs for administrative purposes, faculty-usage, or for any other use not specified above.

Click here for List of Participating Wireless Carriers and eligible mobile broadband data plans.

Which wireless carriers are participating? AT&T, Kajeet, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and Verizon.

How long is this offer good for? Discount may be applied to services rendered between April 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021 or until students return to the classroom, whichever comes first.

Who must be responsible for payment of these services? The discount can apply only to service contracts and accounts billed to a California K-12 public school district or public charter school that has been approved for the Distance Learning Discount.

How much is the discount? 50% off the monthly recurring service charge.

What about E-rate rules?  CTF will provide a 50% discount off the full monthly recurring cost of mobile broadband service plans without regard for any E-Rate support or imputation.  This is available from the CTF program irrespective of the E-Rate program's limitation on off-campus services.

What is CDE's role in this effort? CDE is informing all eligible school districts of this effort and will be assisting the CTF program in its validation of eligible districts, services, and applicants.

 

Additional Information and Documents

List of School Districts Approved for CTF Distance Learning Discounts

Participating Wireless Carriers and Eligible Mobile Broadband Data Plans

CDE Letter to School Administrators on COVID-19 Distance Learning Discounts

 

For help or questions, please contact the CTF program at CTFhelp@cpuc.ca.gov.


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