Important Information

On March 10, 2021, the CPUC issued Decision (D.) 21-03-006 modifying CASF data submission requirements and requiring open access for CASF projects. See the Program Overview section below for more information.

Project Deadlines Extended - May 1, 2020 letter extending CASF project deadlines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Infrastructure Applications -  A March 20, 2020 letter changed the annual deadline for submitting applications from April 1 to May 4, 2020. Subsequently, a May 18, 2020 notice set new CASF applications and challenge instructions for the 2020 infrastructure applications submitted to the CPUC. 

Program Overview 

CASF Infrastructure Grant Account Requirements, Guidelines, and Applications Materials

The CASF Infrastructure Grant Account rules and requirements are set in CPUC Decision (D.) 21-03-006 issued March 2021. Specifically, see -

On July 20, 2021 Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 156, which made the following changes to Public Utilities Code section 281. 

  • Changed the definition of "unserved area" to "an area for which there is no facility-based broadband provider offering at least one tier of broadband service at speeds of at least 25 mbps downstream, 3 mpbs upstream." See Pub. Util. Code section 281 (b)(1)(B)(ii)(I). 
  • Changed the minimum bandwidth requirements to 100 mbps downstream and 20 mbps upstream for all CASF projects. All infrastructure funded by the CASF program must meet this requirement. See Pub. Util. Code section 281 (f)(5).
  • All grantees receiving CASF funding must report licensed contractor or subcontractor expenditures in excess of $25,000 for work funded by CASF. The CPUC must post this information on a monthly bases. See Pub. Util. Code section 281 (1).

These changes became effective immediately. The CPUC is considering further changes to the CASF program rules in Rulemaking (R.) 20-08-021.  

Prospective applicants and stakeholders - please first consult your local Broadband Consortium.

Project Development Resources

Data & Maps for project planning and infrastructure grant applications.

    RDOF Kicker Information

    The CPUC adopted a process to use the CASF to leverage federal Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) Phase 1 auction funds, also known as Kicker funds. The RDOF Kicker page outlines the process for requesting Kicker funds.

    Applying for Funds

    To apply for CASF Infrastructure Grant Funding, email CASF_Application_Questions@cpuc.ca.gov

    Applications must also be submitted to raisa.ledesma@cpuc.ca.gov at the Public Advocates Office.

    Applicants may also mail a separate paper copy to:

    Communications Division
    Attn: California Advanced Services Fund
    California Public Utilities Commission
    505 Van Ness Ave.
    San Francisco, CA 94102

    -and-

    Public Advocates Office
    Re: California Advanced Services Fund
    California Public Utilities Commission
    505 Van Ness Ave.
    San Francisco, CA 94102

    Once the proposed project has been submitted, applicants must post their project summary to the distribution list.

    Project Proposals and Funded Projects

    Project Summaries

    Approved Projects

    Annual Right of First Refusal (ROFR) Letter

    The Right of First Refusal (ROFR) must be received by January 15 of each year, detailing areas where an existing facilities-based broadband provider intends to upgrade service within 180 days. An ROFR may be renewed only with the agreement of the CPUC, and only in the event of delays outside the provider’s control. Further information on how to file an ROFR is available in the Program Rules.

    Right of First Refusal Submissions from Incumbent Providers

    Questions?

    Please contact us at CASF_Application_Questions@cpuc.ca.gov

    CASF Broadband Infrastructure Grant Account

    Related Divisions