CTF (California Teleconnect Fund Program)
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission) implemented the California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) in 1996 pursuant to Public Utilities Code § 280(a). Decision 96-10-066 created the CTF Program to promote innovation in the delivery and use of advanced communication services, encourage the diversity of choices among services and providers, and ensure for affordable and widespread access to California’s broadband networks and technology.
The CTF Program enables discounts on advanced communications services to approved Participants, including: schools, libraries, hospitals, health clinics, community colleges, 2-1-1 referral providers, and community-based organizations (CBOs). Participants receive a 50% discount on monthly recurring charges of eligible services. EM3 Networks applies the discount within a Participant’s monthly bills, then submit claims for reimbursement to the CPUC Communications Division.
Entity Eligibility Status
Click here to verify your eligibility status to receive the CTF discount: Entity Eligibility Status
EM3 Networks services that are eligible for CTF discounts include the following categories as listed in the CTF Applicant & Participant Guidebook:
- Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
- Fiber Optics – Leased Lit Fiber
- Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), excluding dedicated voice channels
- Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)
- Wide Area Network (WAN)
EM3 List of Eligible Categories/Services (click to open spreadsheet)
To learn more about the CTF Application, click here to get started: Application Process for CTF Discounts
Once a CTF customer has obtained the qualification and approval letter from the California Teleconnect Fund, it should be forwarded to Billing@em3networks.com so the discount can be applied to the account.
NOTE: CTF 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. EM3 Networks, LLC is not responsible for providing discounts in the instance where funding is exhausted, or the program is suspended by the CPUC.