FCC Allocates $30M in Emergency Connectivity Funding for Schools and Libraries

Over $6.5 billion in funding committed in ongoing work to close the homework gap.

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WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission is committing over $30 million in a new funding round through the Emergency Connectivity Program, which provides digital services for students in communities across the country.  Today’s funding commitments support applications from all three application windows, benefiting approximately 75,000 students across the country, including students in Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Nebraska, New Jersey, and Nevada.

“Today’s new funding round is another step in our ongoing work to help get students the broadband access they need to get online and keep up with schoolwork,” said FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “The demand for this program shows how important it is to continue working to close the Homework Gap and connect students all over the country.”

The Emergency Connectivity Program, which launched in 2021, has provided schools and libraries three different “application windows” for schools and libraries to apply for support.  Today’s announcement will fund applications from all three application windows that will support over 200 schools, 15 libraries, and 1 consortium.

The funding can be used to support off-campus learning, such as nightly homework, to ensure students across the country have the necessary support to keep up with their education.  To date, the program has provided support to approximately 10,000 schools, 1,000 libraries, and 100 consortia, and providing over 12 million connected devices and over 8 million broadband connections.  Of the approximately $6.5 billion in funding commitments approved to date, approximately $4.1 billion is supporting applications from Window 1; $833 million from Window 2; and $1.6 billion from Window 3. 

More details about which schools and libraries have received funding commitments can be found at https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-connectivity-fund.



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