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The California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) provides qualified organizations a 50% discount on internet access and select digital transmission services in California. For more on this change and general program information go to www.cpuc.ca.gov/ctf or contact [email protected] The application of actual discounts may vary for CTF participants who are eligible for federal E-rate discounts or who receive federal Rural Health Care discounts.
GTT SERVICES ELIGIBLE FOR CTF DISCOUNTS
* Service descriptions may include elements that are ineligible for CTF discounts. Discounts on such elements will not be provided, per program rules. None of the discounted services include voice services.
CTF customers must qualify under one of the following categories:
These discounted services may not be resold to, or shared with, any other non-qualifying organization or person.
SENATE BILL 1102 – STATEWIDE AVERAGE E-RATE DISCOUNT
Pursuant to Senate Bill (SB) 1102, CTF Service Providers are required to apply the statewide average E-rate percentage (as instructed in the Telecommunications Division’s Administrative Letter No. 10) before applying the CTF discount on eligible services, where applicable.
If you are a school or library and have not applied for E-rate, your CTF discounts may be impacted by SB 1102. CTF service providers are required to apply the California statewide average E-rate percentage before calculating the CTF discount (this calculation only reduces the customer’s eligible dollar amount considered for CTF discounts; it does not provide the customer an E-rate discount) on eligible services for public and private K-12 schools and public libraries.
The statewide average E-rate percentage is updated in July of each year. The statewide average can vary, based on the annual update. Go to CPUC website for yearly statewide average E-rate percentages. https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/ctf/
If you are a CTF approved entity that is not eligible for E-rate discounts, you will not be affected by SB 1102.
If you are a public school that meets the definition of a necessary small school (see California Education Code) and your school or district is not eligible for E- rate, you will not be affected by SB 1102. You must complete the SB1102 Verification of Necessary Small School form and email it to the applicable T&T affiliate as shown on the form instructions.
If you are a public or private school or public library, who is eligible to receive E-rate discounts, or a community-based organization who is eligible to receive E-rate discounts but subscribe to telecommunications services that are ineligible for E-rate discounts, you will not be affected by SB 1102. You must complete the CTF Eligible/E-rate Ineligible Services Form and email it to the applicable AT&T affiliate as shown on the form instructions.
If you are a public or private school or public library, who is eligible to receive E-rate discounts, or a community-based organization who is eligible for E-rate discounts on all your telecommunications services eligible for CTF discounts, do not fill out the CTF Eligible/E-rate Ineligible Services Form mentioned above, as it is not applicable.
Note: CTF was established in 1996 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and is solely funded by the California State Budget through an end-user surcharge on intrastate telecommunications services. CTF discounts are contingent on funds appropriated and available under the State Budget. GTT is not responsible for providing discounts in the instance where funding is exhausted, or the program is suspended by the CPUC
California Teleconnect Fund Program Application Process
Please submit your requests to the following contact details:
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +1 512 592 4858
For newly approved applicants, the discount begins on the date your application was received by the CPUC.
If you are an organization receiving the federal E-Rate subsidy in conjunction with the CTF subsidy, please ensure to notify GTT of your funding method selection. Per the CPUC’s website, “Administrative Letter No. 14 eliminates the option of Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement (BEAR) E- Rate funding method for CTF participants.”
If you have any questions regarding CTF subsidy calculations, please contact us on the details above.