California Teleconnect Fund Program

The California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) provides qualified organizations a 50% discount on select telecommunications and internet access services offered by AT&T in California. (Actual discounts for schools and libraries may vary based on application of federal E-rate discounts.)
Qualified organizations include CA schools, libraries, government and district-owned and operated hospitals and health clinics, community based organizations, and community colleges. More details on criteria for qualification and discount calculations are detailed on CPUC website

AT&T SERVICES ELIGIBLE FOR CTF DISCOUNTS*

Telecommunications Services:  Qualified organizations may receive applicable discounts on the AT&T telecommunications services listed below. The CTF discount would only apply to the base rate for the access portion of the service: 

  • Measured Business service
  • Centrex
  • Integrated Services Digital Network(ISDN)
  • Switched 56
  • MPLS Private Network Transport (MPLS PNT)*
  • Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)**
  • Frame Relay**
  • PBX Trunks
  • SONET
  • Advanced Digital Network (ADN)
  • GigaMAN®
  • OC products
  • AT&T Switched Ethernet"(ASE)*
  • DS1
  • DS3
  • CSME
  • Opt-E-Man**
  • DecaMAN®
  • AT&T Virtual Private Network (AVPN)*

*Interstate telecommunications services are not eligible for CTF discounts unless noted above with asterisk.
**This service remains eligible for CTF discounts, but is no longer being marketed to new customers and is only available for AT&T customers who are already receiving the service. 

Internet Access Services:Effective 12/1/08, AT&T's internet access services are eligible for CTF discounts. Those services include:

  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
  • Wireless internet access service discounts on data plans for PDAs/cell phones and laptop cards.
  • Managed Internet Service (MIS)

Current CTF customers interested in receiving CTF discounts on internet access services must submit an AT&T CTF Discount Request Form identifying the specific internet access service it subscribes to.

There is no limit on the number of discounted lines or services a qualified organization may have.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

CTF customers must qualify under one of the following categories:

Public or Nonprofit Schools: Public schools, nonprofit schools, and schools run by a religious order that are incorporated as a nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation or as a nonprofit Religious Corporation providing elementary or secondary education (grades K-12). Qualified schools may not have endowments of more than $50 million.

Libraries: Libraries that are eligible for participation in state-based funding under the Library Services and Technology Act (“LSTA”). Eligibility for libraries is defined in Act 20 USCA Sec. 9122 (2 and 3), but need not be certified under LSTA for purposes of CTF.

Municipal, County Government or Hospital District Owned and Operated Hospital and Health Clinic: All hospitals and health clinics owned and operated by county, municipal government or hospital districts.

Community Based Organizations (CBOs): Tax exempt organizations offering health care, job training, job placement, educational instruction, or a non-profit CBO operating a community technology center engaged in diffusing technology into a local community, and training a local community that has limited or no access to the Internet and other technologies shall qualify for the discount rate for CBOs or a non profit CBO providing 2-1-1 information and referral services.  A “tax exempt organization” shall refer to an organization described in Section 501 (c)(3) or 501 (d) of the Internal Revenue Code, Title 26 of the United States Code.

California Community Colleges: California community colleges and/or districts.

These discounted services may not be resold to, or shared with, any other non-qualifying organization or person.

SB1102 IMPACT ON PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES

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 SB1102. 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, as a result of the annual update.  Go to CPUC website for yearly statewide average E-rate percentages. 

If you are a CTF approved entity that is not eligible for E-rate discounts (hospitals, health clinics, Community Based Organizations or Community Colleges), 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 (Instructions) and FAX to the applicable AT&T affiliate as shown on the form Instructions.

If you are a public or private school or public library, receive E-rate discounts, but subscribe to telecommunications services that are ineligible E-rate discounts, you will not be affected by SB 1102.  You must complete the CTF Eligible/ E-rate Ineligible Services form (Instructions) and FAX to the applicable AT&T affiliate as shown on the form Instructions.

If you are a public or private school or public library, receive E-rate discounts on all your telecommunications services eligible for CTF discounts, do not fill out the CTF Eligible/ E-rate Ineligible Services form 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. The AT&T family of companies is not responsible for providing discounts in the instance where funding is exhausted or the program is suspended by the CPUC.