On June 29, 2021, the FCC announced that schools and libraries can now start to file applications for the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). Eligible schools and libraries can submit requests for funding to purchase eligible equipment and services for the FY2021-FY2022 school year.
The ECF filing window opened Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 9:00am Eastern time and is expected to run for 45 calendar days, closing on August 13, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern time. The ECF program will provide support for broadband Internet connectivity to off-campus locations, such as student or library patron homes. In addition, funds will be available for hotspot, router, and modem hardware, as well as “connected devices” like laptops or tablets.
In a statement, Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel pointed that, “…We should salute the grit of each and every one of these young people who found ways to go online and keep up with school. But it shouldn’t be this hard—and going forward, thanks to the Emergency Connectivity Fund, it won’t,…”
The FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund filing window announcement can be viewed here