June 28, 2024 - 

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today announced the third round of recommended awardees for last mile broadband projects as part of the $2 billion Last Mile Federal Funding Account Grant Program. This program aims to expand internet access for underserved and unserved communities across California. This announcement continues a rolling process of award recommendations, highlighting the state’s commitment to bridging the digital divide through Broadband For All.


Continuing to invest where it matters most

Many awardees are creating new networks, connecting the next generation to education, improving access to healthcare, and empowering rural communities for economic development and emergency connectivity. Combined, these proposed projects will serve predominantly disadvantaged and low-income communities across the state.


This third Draft Resolution recommends awarding up to $95.2 million for 10 Last Mile Federal Funding Account broadband infrastructure grant projects in Alpine, Modoc, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and Tulare counties. The recommendation includes grants to two tribes—the Fort Bidwell Indian Community in Modoc County and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in Santa Barbara County.

Draft Resolutions with award recommendations will be released through the rest of the year, each open for public comment. These recommendations will be considered and must be approved by vote of the CPUC’s Commissioners at a public Voting Meeting.


The Draft Resolution issued today is here and will be on the CPUC’s Aug. 1, 2024 Voting Meeting agenda.


For a full list of recommendations and awards to date, visit the CPUC’s Federal Funding Account Recommendations and Awards webpage.


Fueling economic growth statewide

Established under Senate Bill 156 (2021), the CPUC’s Last Mile Federal Funding Account is fueling economic growth across rural, tribal, and urban communities statewide.


Since the initial round of applications closed in September 2023, the CPUC has received and reviewed 484 grant applications from every county in the state, totaling more than $4.6 billion in requests. This overwhelming response highlights the urgent need for and the opportunity to expand internet access across California.


In addition to the Last Mile Federal Funding Account, the CPUC is investing in a suite of programs in the state’s efforts in connecting millions of Californians with reliable, affordable high-speed internet, including the California Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program and the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF).



About the California Public Utilities Commission

The CPUC regulates services and utilities, protects consumers, safeguards the environment, and assures Californians access to safe and reliable utility infrastructure and services. Visit www.cpuc.ca.gov for more information.