Consortia Grant Account Overview

The California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) Rural and Urban Regional Broadband Consortia Account (Consortia Grant Account), among other CASF accounts, is established by Senate Bill (SB) 1040 on September 25, 2010.  For more historical information, please see the program's history.

On October 15, 2017, the Consortia Grant Account is authorized by Assembly Bill (AB) 1665 with an additional $10 million funding, which is currently available for Consortia Grant funding through the 2019 Grant Cycle solicitation.

 For Consortia program guidelines and rules adopted by the California Public Utilities Commission (Commission), refer to Decision (D.) 18-10-032.

Funding Goal

Pursuant to AB 1665, the CASF Consortia Grant Account funds grants to facilitate the deployment of broadband services by assisting infrastructure grant applicants in the project development or grant application process.

Eligibility

An eligible Consortium may include representatives, of organizations including, but not limited to, local and regional government, public safety, elementary and secondary education, health care, libraries, postsecondary education, community-based organizations, tourism, parks and recreation, agricultural, business, workforce organizations, and air pollution control or air quality management districts. An eligible Consortium is not required to have as its lead fiscal agent an entity with a certificate of public convenience and necessity.

2021 Consortia Grant Cycle

The CASF Rural and Urban Regional Broadband Consortia Grant Account shall be available for grants to eligible consortia to facilitate deployment of broadband services by assisting infrastructure applicants in the project development or grant application process. The CASF Consortia Grant Account funding is limited to Consortia activities directly related to and in support of CASF infrastructure applications (i.e., an infrastructure application requesting CASF funding, an infrastructure application requesting CASF and non-CASF funding).

      CASF Consortia

      Consortia with Active Grant

      • Broadband Consortium of the Pacific Coast
      • Central Coast Broadband Consortium
      • Connected Capital Area Broadband Consortium  
      • Gold Country Broadband Consortium
      • Inland Empire Regional Broadband Consortium
      • Los Angeles Digital Equity Action League Consortium 
      • North Bay/North Coast Consortium
      • Northeastern California Connect Consortium  
      • Redwood Coast Connect Broadband Consortium
      • San Joaquin Valley Regional Broadband Consortium 
      • Southern Border Broadband Consortium
      • Tahoe Basin Project
      • Upstate California Connect Consortium   

      Consortia Whose Grant Period Has Ended

      • California's One Million New Internet Users Coalition  
      • Central Sierra Connect Consortium
      • East Bay Broadband Consortium
      • Eastern Sierra Connect Consortium  
      • Inyo-Mono Broadband Consortium
      • Los Angeles County Regional Broadband Consortium
      • San Diego Imperial Regional Broadband Consortium

      CASF Consortia information can be found here. Please contact the listed consortium representatives for more information.

      Additional Information

      For more information please visit:

      General questions about the CASF Consortia Grant program can be directed to:

      CASF_Consortia_Grant_Administrator@cpuc.ca.gov

      CASF Rural and Urban Regional Broadband Consortia Account