This week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a third, 15-day Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) filing window for schools and libraries to request funding for equipment and services that enable off-campus internet access. The ECF application filing window will open on Thursday, April 28, 2022, and close on Friday, May 13, 2022. The FCC anticipates that a minimum of $1 billion will be available for commitment and disbursement.
During this third application filing window, eligible schools and libraries can submit requests for funding to purchase eligible equipment and services between July 1, 2022, and December 31, 2023. The FCC states that, based on previous demand, the third application filing window will likely be the last opportunity for schools and libraries to request funding before the remaining Emergency Connectivity Funds are exhausted. The full FCC public notice and news announcement of the third ECF filing window can be viewed here: www.fcc.gov/document/new-emergency-connectivity-fund-application-window-awardees-announced.
“Over the past two years, we’ve seen how vital internet access has been to provide equal educational opportunities to students and library patrons. Funds For Learning is pleased by the FCC’s commitment to bridging the digital divide by allowing E-rate applicants to reap the full benefits that this unique, one-time program has to offer,” said John Harrington, CEO of Funds for Learning. “We encourage schools and libraries to take advantage of this renewed opportunity to reach each and every student with high-quality internet access no matter where they’re learning.”