Program Overview

On September 25, 2010, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill (SB) 1040 establishing the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) Rural and Urban Regional Broadband Consortia Account (Consortia Grant Account).  For more historical information, please see the program's history.

On May 19, 2022, the Commission adopted Decision (D). 22-05-029, which made programmatic changes to the CASF Consortia Grant Account including allocating $10.71 million in funding for Fiscal Year 2022/2023 and implementing modifications to the Consortia Grant Account, including expansion of allowable consortia activities, increasing the annual maximum funding cap, and clarifying consortia regional boundary requirements.

The Consortia Grant Account rules and requirements are set in D.22-05-029.  Specifically, see:

Funding Goal

The CASF Consortia Grant Account funds grants are available to facilitate the deployment of broadband services by assisting CASF infrastructure grant applicants in the project development or grant application process or assisting broadband deployment projects related to programs created under SB 156 and Assembly Bill (AB) 164.

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.

Applying for Funds

Both existing and newly formed consortia may submit applications.

      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