California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) Adoption Account
Adoption Funding Overview
The Broadband Adoption Account, created via Assembly Bill 1665, provides grants to increase publicly available or after-school broadband access and digital inclusion, such as grants for digital literacy training programs and public education to communities with limited broadband adoption. The CPUC will give preference to programs and projects in communities with demonstrated low broadband access, including low income communities, senior citizen communities, and communities facing socioeconomic barriers to broadband adoption.
Local governments, senior centers, schools, public libraries, nonprofit organizations, and community-based organizations with programs to increase publicly available or after school broadband access and digital inclusion, such as digital literacy training programs are eligible to apply for grants.
Publicly supported communities who are otherwise eligible to apply for grants from the Broadband Public Housing Account are also eligible to submit an application only after all funds available for adoption projects from the Public Housing Account have been awarded.
Digital Literacy Projects- Digital inclusion projects can include digital literacy training programs and public education to communities with limited broadband adoption, including low-income communities, senior citizen communities, and communities facing socioeconomic barriers to broadband adoption.
Broadband Access Projects- Publicly available or after-school broadband access projects can include free broadband access in community training rooms or other public spaces, such as local government centers, senior citizen centers, schools, public libraries, nonprofit organizations, and community-based organizations. It can also include funding community outreach, such as analysis, comparison of Internet plans with the community, and call centers that will increase broadband access and adoption.
The Broadband Adoption Account is authorized $20 million to provide grants to increase publicly available or after-school broadband access and digital inclusion.
As of June 3, 2021, the Commission will no longer be accepting applications as the $20 million allocated to the CASF Broadband Adoption Account has been fully awarded. In the future, if new funding is provided for the CASF Broadband Adoption Account, a new application cycle may be opened at that time.
Documents for Funded Projects
Administrative Manual (details standard procedures such as for project reporting and payment requests) and the Adoption Account Guidelines:
Forms Required to be Submitted for Reporting and Payments:
- Broadband Adoption Account Reporting Template (Word document) for a narrative description of project activities and accomplishments
- Broadband Adoption Account Budget Details and Payment Request Excel workbook to report on the status of the reporting period milestones per the work plan, as well as request payment for relevant expenses to date
Pre-Award Submissions and Funded Projects
All Submitted Project Applications with Status as of June, 2021
All Funded Projects with Status as of June, 2021
Commission Resolutions and Decisions Specific to the Broadband Adoption Account:
On June 21, 2018, the Commission issued Decision (D.) 18-06-032 which adopted the Adoption Account application requirements and guidelines.
On February 21, 2019, the Commission issued Decision (D.) 19-02-008 which made modifications and clarifications to the Adoption Account Application Requirements and Guidelines.
On March 14, 2019, the Commission approved Resolution T-17650 approving 3 projects. Only one project approved in T-17650, the Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay accepted the grant award.
On September 12, 2019, the Commission approved Resolution T-17663 approving 3 projects
On February 27, 2020, the Commission approved Resolution T-17683 approving 1 project.
On May 7, 2020, the Commission approved Resolution T-17697 which adopted criteria and a process for the distribution of grants from the Adoption Account to public schools and school districts in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. An amount not exceeding $5 million was set aside for this distribution which was facilitated by the California Department of Education (CDE). CDE provided a final report and data on the distribution as required by Resolution T-17697 (under Section F, Reporting) and can be found here.
On June 3, 2021, the Commission approved Resolution T-17732 which approved grant funding in the amount of $1,329,545 from the Broadband Adoption Account for 28 projects to ten applicants.
On September 13, 2021, the Commission issued Decision (D.) 21-09-004 which expands eligibility for households that complete a digital literacy training course offered under the Broadband Adoption Account to receive take-home computing devices.
Broadband Adoption Gap Analysis
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Communications Division staff released an analysis on gaps in those subscribing to high-speed broadband internet. The Adoption Gap Analysis was ordered in Decision (D.) 18-06-032 and identifies various demographic barriers to broadband adoption and provides information to support important program and grant decisions for the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) Broadband Adoption Account.
The analysis concludes that income, of all the demographic barriers to adoption, is the most significant factor contributing to low adoption (subscription) rates. As a result, the analysis identifies the top ten communities with some of the lowest adoption rates and lowest incomes in California that will be prioritized for grant funding.
In addition to identifying various barriers, the analysis adds data to the online California Interactive Broadband Map (http://www.broadbandmap.ca.gov/) to include various demographic data at the census tract, block group or block level.
These resources will assist decision makers, stakeholders and potential CASF applicants to 1) better understand their communities and its needs, 2) identify the area’s specific barriers and how to address them, and 3) know where to best implement Adoption projects to yield greater benefits. Applicants interested in applying for grants in the CASF Adoption Account should use these tools and resourcesin developing proposals. The full analysis can be found here: Broadband Adoption Gap Analysis.
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Prospective applicants who have questions about the application process may send an email to CASF_Adoption@cpuc.ca.gov