Local Agency Technical Assistance
Local Agency Technical Assistance grant applications will be accepted beginning on August 1, 2022! See the Important Information for Grantees section below for the application and new information.
About the Program
The CPUC established the Local Agency Technical Assistance (LATA) grant program for eligible pre-construction work facilitating broadband network projects to areas in need. The program has a $50 million budget for eligible local agencies and tribal entities in California, including a $5 million set aside for tribes.
Technical assistance grants support tribes and local agencies in their efforts to expand broadband to communities lacking sufficient Internet. Grant recipients are reimbursed for eligible pre-construction expenses to provide last-mile connections to unserved and underserved communities. Examples of reimbursable expenses:
- Consultant or staff time for conducting needs assessments, environmental and engineering studies, network design, and broadband strategic plans.
Costs incurred in forming a joint powers authority for the purpose of bringing broadband to areas in need of sufficient Internet connections.
Important Information for Grantees
The LATA program will begin accepting grant applications on August 1, 2022. Please see the following important information
- Grantee Administrative Manual
- Grant Application (spreadsheet download)
- Notarized Affidavit (submit with application)
- Grant Program Overview Pre-Recorded Webinar: Webinar Recording | Presentation
- Grant Application Demo Pre-Recorded Webinar: Webinar Recording | Presentation
- Live Webinar on August 2, 2022: Webinar Recording | Presentation NEW 8/3/22
- Frequently Asked Questions NEW 8/17/22
The following entities are eligible to apply for technical assistance grants:
- Local government agencies in California are authorized by law to provide broadband service.
- California tribes with or without federal recognition. Tribes may also continue to apply to the CPUC’s existing Tribal Technical Assistance broadband grant program, which is being maintained as a separate program.
Please submit LATA applications, required supplemental materials and questions via email to Broadband.TechAssist@cpuc.ca.gov.
Resources and More Information
- Local Agency Technical Assistance Decision and Guidelines (D. 22-02-026) – Adopted February 24, 2022
- Tribal Technical Assistance Grant Program – A separate funding source also available to California Tribes
- Broadband Implementation in California – Information about related federal funding for last-mile projects
- California Advanced Services Fund – Information about additional broadband funding programs
- National Telecommunications and Information Association – Publications | BroadbandUSA Community Report
- USC Annenberg Digital Divide Map