TIME SENSITIVE ACTION ALERT! ASK THE PUC TO CONTINUE FULL FUNDING AND ELIGIBILITY FOR THE CALIFORNIA TELECONNECT FUND

The California Teleconnect Fund (CTF) was established in 1996 to provide assistance to California schools, libraries, hospitals and other non-profit organizations in adopting and maintaining their communication services. This fund pays for approximately 50% of an eligible organization's phone, Internet or cellular service bill. The SFCCC has been relying on this fund to support the city-wide network infrastructure we have installed to be able to share the critical health information our clinics need in a secure, private network. SFCCC clinics used the CTF to  reduce the costs  of their mission-critical communication services,directing that money instead to direct patient treatment programs.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the branch that oversees the operation of the CTF, have been discussing reducing the fund's reach, including changing the eligibility criteria for Community Based Organizations .

The PUC Commissioners are set to vote on this decision as early as May 21st.  The comment window is open to the public and parties that wish to have their voice heard before the vote should do so by May 10th.  Public comments SHOULD BE  made by phone Telephone: 866-849-8390 or 415-703-2074 or  email Email: public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov referencing Proceeding R1301010:

Main Message:

Re: Proceeding R1301010:

Do not reduce the PUC's commitment to using CTF to reduce critical services for community based organizations, particularly community health clinics. If you can, provide an example, such as :

Our organization __________uses funds from the CTF in order to make sure our patients/clients.....

More information can be found under the Documents tab on the following page:

http://delaps1.cpuc.ca.gov/CPUCProceedingLookup/f?p=401:56:6315290337500::NO:RP,57,RIR:P5_PROCEEDING_SELECT:R1301010

or contact Jonathan Howell at jhowell@sfccc.org