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California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) – Line Extension Program
AB 1665 created the Line Extension Program (LEP) as a pilot project within the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) Broadband Infrastructure Grant Account. Under the LEP, an individual household and/or property owner can apply for an infrastructure grant to offset the costs of connecting a household or property to an existing or proposed facility-based broadband provider.
- The Program Rules established in Decision (D.)19-04-022 can be found at: LEP Broadband Infrastructure Account Requirements, Guidelines and Application Materials
- Questions about how to apply for funding should be directed to CASF staff at: CASFLineExtensionProgram@cpuc.ca.gov
- For additional background on the CASF program and history, please visit: Program History
Consider Group-Deal With Neighbors
When dealing with wired and wireless providers, as a matter of sound business, they need to make sure that they have a reasonable return on their investment when extending their infrastructure. They are much more likely to make that investment if there will be the potential for more than one customer for the project. With that in mind, it helps if you have talked with neighboring homes or businesses to build a group of potential customers you can share with the provider.
For fixed wireless providers, they sometimes need the first home to be a “repeater site” that they can then use to broadcast their signal to other nearby customers. If you’re the first home in the area requesting service, and your property is in a strategic location (e.g., on top of a hill), some providers will provide you a discount to use your property as that repeater site. Combine that with a group of neighbors who are willing to sign up for service and you have a good chance of getting a provider’s interest.
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