Emergency Connectivity Fund Overview
The FCC's Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) was authorized by congress as part of the American Rescue Plan Act on March 11, 2021. The ECF will help schools and libraries provide the necessary hardware and services their communities need to connect during the COVID-19 emergency.
The second ECF Program application filing window will open on September 28, 2021 and close on October 13, 2021. During this time, schools and libraries can submit funding requests to purchase school bus wifi, tablets, Chromebooks, laptops, hotspots, routers and broadband connectivity services between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.
Funding Distribution is Based on Total Requested Amount
The funding distribution is based on the total amount requested during both the first and second application windows. Since the first application window closed, there is currently $2.14 billion still available.
Requests less than $7.17B
- Applicants will be funded at 100% of the request for both services and devices from the eligibility period of July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
Requests greater than $7.17B
- Requests will be funded in order of priority with schools and libraries that serve rural students and have higher % NSLP receiving first funding priority
School Bus Wi-Fi
Bridging the digital divide is not only critical during the COVID pandemic but also for the long-term success of our students. ConnectED Bus Connectivity turns your bus into a mobile hotspot to provide education-grade content filtered Wi-Fi internet access both on the bus and around the bus.
Tablets provide the necessary connectivity with ease of use in a touch-screen device. The simple functionality combined with the power of the internet makes tablets the most user-friendly device for all ages.
Chromebooks deliver an affordable, cloud-enabled, laptop-like computing solution that is easy to manage and maintain. A study by IDC showed that, in comparison to a traditional PC, Chromebooks reduced total ownership costs per device by up to $935 over a three-year period.
The SmartBook by Premier Wireless combines the functionality of a traditional Chromebook with a touch screen tablet. The combined features of a keyboard and touch screen help to ease the transition from a traditional tablet to a laptop-style device.
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