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CELLULAR DATA PLANS FOR CA TRANSIT AGENCIES

The California Network and Telecommunications (CALNET) Program offers cellular services via state contracts available to public transportation providers in California. Your transit agency may be eligible to upgrade your data plan and save on your monthly connectivity costs.

Reach out to Caltrans’ California Integrated Travel Project, or Cal-ITP, at hello@calitp.org for additional information and assistance. 

Find the right plan for your agency

You can estimate your own data needs using the examples in the table below. These data estimates are matched to available CALNET contracts. Note: This table should be used as a framework; data overages may occur depending on your unique situation.

Features Needed Recommended Data Plan
  • General Transit Feed Specification Realtime (GTFS-RT)
  • 2 GB Data Plan
  • GTFS-RT
  • 2 payment validators
  • 5 GB Data Plan
  • GTFS-RT
  • 2+ contactless payment acceptance devices
  • Cameras
  • Computer-Aided Dispatch / Automatic Vehicle Location (CAD/AVL)
  • Passenger WiFi
  • 100 GB Data Plan

    Check your area’s coverage, as signal strength can be variable. You can use FCC data to evaluate AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon coverage before selecting the best contractor for you.

    Follow the four steps below to set up your data plan with an approved CALNET cellular contractor. See the Useful Links at the bottom of the page for more information on transit technology and understanding your transit data needs.

    Step 1 - Choosing CALNET Cellular Services by Contractor

    Below are the data-only offerings available through CALNET. Once you have reviewed the options, select which contractor and plan is best for you. For step 3, you will need the CALNET Product ID (listed in column 2 of the table below). Note: The monthly recurring cost is the maximum monthly price the vendor can charge. 

    AT&T

    Aaron Rollins  
    Client Solutions Executive
    AT&T BUSINESS – PUBLIC SECTOR & FIRSTNET
    Mobile #: (916) 837-9795
    ar5941@att.com

    DescriptionCALNET Product ID Monthly Recurring Cost
    Data Only 2 GB Service PlanMBSL3GO
    $23.00
    Data Only 5 GB Service PlanMBSL5GO
    $28.00
    Data Only 10 GB Service PlanMBSL10G
    $50.00
    Data Only 20 GB Service PlanMBSL20G$90.00
    Data Only 50 GB Service PlanMBSL50G
    $230.00
    Data Only100 GB Service PlanMBSL100$410.00

    T-Mobile

    Ken Anderson
    Government Account Executive, CA State Government
    Mobile #: (916) 244-3571
    Kenneth.Anderson183@t-mobile.com

    DescriptionCALNET Product ID Monthly Recurring Cost
    Data Only 2 GB Service PlanZNAMI2GB$8.48
    Data Only 5 GB Service Plan
    ZNAMI6GB
    $21.21
    Data Only 10 GB Service PlanGVUNLMI$29.69
    Data Only 20 GB Service PlanGVUNLMI$29.69
    Data Only 50 GB Service Plan
    GVUNLMI
    $29.69
    Data Only 100 GB Service PlanGCN100G
    MI
    $97.57

    Verizon

    Melissa Togo
    Manager – Contract Program Management, State & Local Government
    Verizon Business Group
    Mobile #: (949) 233-1282
    melissa.togo@verizonwireless.com
    15505 Sand Canyon Blvd.
    Irvine, CA 92618

    DescriptionCALNET Product ID Monthly Recurring Cost
    Data Only 2 GB Service Plan
    CA0007$20.20
    Data Only 5 GB Service Plan
    CA0008
    $30.30
    Data Only 10 GB Service PlanCA0009$55.55
    Data Only 20 GB Service PlanCA0010$95.95
    Data Only 50 GB Service PlanCA0011$151.50
    Data Only 100 GB Service PlanCA0012$353.50

    Step 2 - Completing the Non-State Entity Policy Agreement (NESPA)

    All non-state government entities must complete a Non-State Entity Service Policy and Agreement (NESPA), to self-certify that their organization qualifies under one of the CALNET eligibility criteria. The NESPA form can be found here.  Submit completed NESPA forms to CALNETHelp@state.ca.gov.

    Need help with the NESPA? Unsure if you need one? Do you already have one on file? Contact CALNET Help at CALNETHelp@state.ca.gov or call the CALNET Customer Service Line at (916) 657-9150.

    Step 3 - Completing the Authorization to Order (ATO)

    To use a CALNET contract, the purchasing organization must have an Authorization to Order (ATO) form on file with the CALNET Program. Each contractor has a unique ATO; select the contractor ATO with which you’d like to contract.

    Once the ATO is complete, please email it to the corresponding vendor contact. 

    Need help with the ATO? Unsure if you need one? Do you already have one on file? Contact CALNET Help at CALNETHelp@state.ca.gov or call the CALNET Customer Service Line at (916) 657-9150.

    VendorAT&TT-MobileVerizon
    ATO LinksAT&TT-MobileVerizon

    Vendor Emails
    AT&T
    T-Mobile
    Verizon

    Step 4 - Ordering your service

    CalITP customers submit a purchase order directly to their chosen CALNET Contractor, in accordance with their own procurement rules.   The CALNET ordering form (Form 20) may also be utilized and is provided below with instructions.

    Purchase documents shall NOT be submitted to the CALNET Program.

    Form 20Form 20 Instructions

    Useful links

    CalITP

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