2017 Grant Opportunity

GRANT OPPORTUNITY WITH CHARTER-CETF PARTNERSHIP

Access Broadband Connect Grants

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Download and Print Request for Letters of Interest (RLI) PDF

Charter CETF MOU Summary

Grant Description

Franchised Areas by City and County

Letter of Interest Submission

Schedule

School2 Home Schools

F.A.Q.

The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) is pleased to announce the Access Broadband Connect Grants.  We will begin accepting applications September 15 at 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM September 29, 2017.  Please take a minute and read this information and think about whom else should know about the opportunity.

The grant funds are a result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Charter Communications, Inc. and the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) setting forth public benefits related to Charter’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. (see summary).  The required outcomes of the ABC grants are verifiable broadband subscriptions by low-income households in the Charter service territory.

Purpose

The purpose of this Request for Letters of Interest is to invite community-based organizations (CBOs) with an established record of performance achieving broadband adoptions among low-income households to declare their interest in receiving a grant from the Charter and the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) Partnership consistent with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organizations.

The mission of the California Emerging Technology Fund is to provide leadership statewide to close the Digital Divide by accelerating the deployment and adoption of broadband and other advanced communications services to underserved communities and populations. CETF is dedicated to making California a global leader in the deployment and adoption of broadband, which includes both wireline and wireless technologies.

As per the MOU with CETF, Charter committed to an aspirational goal of achieving 350,000 broadband adoptions among low-income households over the next 5 years and is offering an affordable broadband rate of $14.99 per month at 30 Mbps (megabits per second) download and 4 Mbps upload in their service territory (marketed as Spectrum Internet Assist).  Charter also is providing funds to CETF to promote broadband deployment and adoption and to support digital inclusion initiatives such as School2Home.  CETF is dedicating $2 million in public benefit funds for ABC grants to CBOs over the next 2 years.  While CETF will collaborate with Charter and partners to promote the Spectrum Internet Assist program, ABC grant subscriptions will not be limited to the Charter offer—consumers will have a choice and grantees will be required to provide information about all affordable offers available in the area.

Below is the schedule for key dates, timeframes and deadlines for Letters of Interest.

Informational Conference Calls/Webinars About the Letter of Interest and Grant

10AM PT

1.712.432.3900  1559255#

Webinar Link

Check the Day Prior to Call

Letter of Interest Application Period

(Open and Close Date; Close Date is by 5PM PT.)

Grant

Awards Announced

First

Learning Community Meeting

(Reimbursed Expenses)

9:30AM - 4:00PM

(Locations in Spectrum Service Territory)

Grant

Begin

Date

Friday, September 8, 2017
https://www.anymeeting.com/926-984-439

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

https://www.anymeeting.com/115-619-593

September 15-29, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Thursday,

December 7, 2017

January 1, 2018

Tuesday,

January 9, 2018

Tuesday,

January 16, 2018

January 12-26, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

Thursday,

March 4, 2018

April 1,

2018

Tuesday,

April 10, 2018

Tuesday,

April 24, 2018

April 16-27,

2018

Friday,

May 25,

2018

Thursday,

June 7, 2018

July 1,

2018

 

Wednesday,

July 11, 2018

Wednesday,

July 18, 2018

July 27,

2018

Friday,

August 24,

2018

Thursday,

September 6, 2018

October 1,

2018