Emergency Connectivity Fund Program: $7 Billion to Close the Homework Gap
Updated: Sep 13, 2021
Take action to connect students who lack home broadband
Step 1 - Get Started
The application window for the FCC’s new $7 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program opened on June 29th. Distributed through the federal E-rate program, schools will have 45 days to apply for support to aid students who fall into the homework gap. Get ready to apply for your share of the funding by using the below tools and resources to:
> Navigate the application process > Collect the data you need to identify unconnected households > Research the best solutions to connect your students > Run successful procurement
Explore the links below to learn about eligible services and equipment, bidding rules, and reimbursements.
Emergency Connectivity Fund Checklist
Emergency Connectivity Fund FAQs
FCC Eligible Services & Equipment List
Emergency Connectivity Fund Primer (w/ Connected Nation & Funds for Learning)
Step 2 - Data Collection
Schools submitting an Emergency Connectivity Fund application are required to certify that they are only seeking support for students and staff who would otherwise lack broadband services and devices sufficient to engage in remote learning. They must also submit estimates on the current number of unconnected students, the number before the pandemic, and the number they expect to connect using these funds. While all our tools are designed to ensure states and school districts have the most accurate and actionable data, our K-12 Bridge to Broadband Program lets you partner with Internet Service Providers for the most accurate data on unconnected student households that can be served with existing infrastructure.
How Does K-12 Bridge to Broadband Work?
Home Access Needs Assessment Playbook
Step 3 - Research Options
While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to connecting students beyond the classroom, factors such as the needs of students, staffing capacity at the district, and locale play an important role in selecting the right connectivity solution. Explore resources to help you make an informed decision on the best home connectivity solutions to connect students using the Emergency Connectivity Fund. The tools listed below help school districts identify which connected learning devices to purchase, which Internet Service Providers can serve their students, and the estimated cost of specific plans.
Technical Considerations for Connectivity Options
FCC List of Eligible Equipment and Services
Step 4 - Partner with Professionals
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