CSAC Bulletin Article

Broadband Update: Data Requested by CPUC for Federal Funding Account Applications

February 29, 2024

Earlier this week, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requested additional data from all Federal Funding Account (FFA) applicants.

All FFA applicants must enter additional information into their applications on the Broadband Grant Portal. To respond to the data request, log into the Broadband Grant Portal to access the data request. Applicants must submit responses to all the fields, even if the answer may be located elsewhere in the application. Applicants must also provide location IDs for all unserved locations in their proposed project area(s). To submit your location IDs, follow the steps provided in the data request.

Applicants must submit the requested information no later than 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, March 11, 2024. Failure to respond to this data request by that date will delay the Communications Division’s review of your application(s). Incomplete applications cannot move forward.

As per our previous bulletin article, the FFA, administered by the CPUC, is a $2 billion grant program for last-mile broadband infrastructure projects to connect unserved Californians in accordance with CSAC-supported Senate Bill 156 (Chapter 112, Statutes of 2021). The application window closed on September 29, 2023, and the initial objection period closed on November 20, 2023, followed by a 28-day objection response period. The FFA received 484 grant applications within the grant window. At least two applications were received for every county in the state, with a total of more than $4.6 billion in requests to fund last-mile broadband infrastructure projects to connect unserved Californians.

For any questions related to this data request, please contact the CPUC: federalfundingaccount@cpuc.ca.gov.

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