On March 16, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission issued a Public Notice seeking comment on the application process for funds made available by the COVID-19 relief bill signed into law on March 11. The newly created $7.1 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund will be used to support broadband Internet service and equipment used for remote learning.
In its Public Notice, the FCC requests comment on numerous aspects of administering the distribution of the new funds, including:
- Product and service eligibility
- Eligible users and locations
- Application forms and filing deadlines
- Reimbursement processes, including potential reimbursement for purchases made since January 27, 2020
- Prioritization of funding commitments should demand exceed available funds
- CIPA compliance for locations receiving discounted services
The FCC’s Public Notice may be viewed here. Public comments are due April 5, 2021, and reply comments are due April 23, 2021.
Join the E-rate Guides at Funds For Learning for a webinar providing a detailed analysis of the FCC’s request for comment at 2:00pm Eastern time on Thursday, March 18. The event is free of charge, and you can register at the following address: https://fundsforlearning.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_x4ZsnWz3TjeSeR2bBVATeg