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Legislative Update

New resources available for Emergency Connectivity Fund applicants

by | Jul 28, 2021 | Federal Issue, Legislative Update Blog, State Issue

The Federal Communications Commission has provided new resources for applicants seeking school technology funding help from the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program.

The ECF program is a $7.17 billion federal program enacted as part of the American Rescue Plan Act in March of this year to help schools and libraries provide the technology tools and services their students and communities need for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period.

The application period runs through August 13, 2021

  • An additional webinar for ECF applicants is scheduled for August 3rd. Registration is not required. Webinar details are posted here.
  • In addition, a one-page guide on how to apply to the ECF is now available here.

Schools, libraries, and consortia of schools and libraries that are eligible for federal E-Rate services are eligible to apply for funding under the ECF program; however, these entities do not need to participate in the E-Rate program to participate in ECF program. Eligibility of new applicants will be verified as part of the application process.

The WASB provided background information and details about the ECF program in a previous post.

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