The California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) program provides a discount for broadband and select communications services to schools, libraries, hospitals and other non-profit organizations after consideration of E-Rate discounts that may be available.
Effective July 1, 2019 the CPUC adopted new rules under Decision 19-04-013 for the CTF program. July 1, 2019 CTF will no longer provide discounts for voice services. Effective July 1, 2020, the CTF program will no longer provide discounts on taxes and surcharges.
The program was established by Decision 96-10-066 on October 25, 1996. In this decision, the California Public Utilities Commission reaffirmed its commitment to universal service, and created the CTF program in accordance with state and federal directives. The program is funded through a surcharge on all customers that purchase intrastate telecommunications services.
The Ponderosa Telephone Co. – California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) Eligible Services Documentation
Refer to The Ponderosa Telephone Co. Tariff Schedule A-39 for rules, and description of services and discounts available for CTF. For complete information regarding the California Teleconnect Fund Program, see CPUC website: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/ctf
CTF Eligible Services
|Marketed name of service||Eligible Service Category||Service Description||Tariff Schedule #||Pricing *|
|Special Access – High Capacity Service – DS1||Digital Transmission Service||Functional equivalent of T-1, (1.544 Mbps)||B-7||NECA|
|Special Access – High Capacity Service – DS3||Digital Transmission Service||High Capacity Service DS3 (44.736 Mbps)||B-7||NECA|
|Special Access – Synchronous Optical Channel Service OC3/OC3c||Digital Transmission Service||Optical (155.52 Mbps)||B-7||NECA|
|Special Access – Synchronous Optical Channel Service OC12||Digital Transmission Service||Optical (622.08 Mbps)||B-7||NECA|
|Special Access – Ethernet Transport Service||Digital Transmission Service||(10 Mbps – 1 Gpbs)||B-7||NECA|
* Nonrecurring charges, taxes, fees, and surcharges also apply, as outlined in the tariffs.
The Ponderosa Telephone Co. CTF Contact Information
|Ponderosa Customer Carefirstname.lastname@example.org|
California Cities Served
|Auberry, Big Creek, Friant, Lakeshore, North Fork, O’Neals, Prather, Shaver Lake, Tollhouse, Wishon, Cima, Gold Valley, Ivanpah, Lanfair Valley, Pinto Valley, Round Valley, where service is available.|