FCC Opens Second Emergency Connectivity Fund Window



Cartoon illustration: wifi symbol surrounded by people using gadgets and laptops against a cityscape backgroundIn view of outstanding demand and the recent spike in coronavirus cases, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will open a second application filing window for schools and libraries to request funding from the roughly $2 billion remaining in the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program. The ECF will support connected devices and broadband connections for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons for the current 2021-22 school year.

The second application filing window will open on September 28 and run until October 13. Eligible schools and libraries will be able to apply for financial support for eligible equipment and services received or delivered between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 for students, school staff and library patrons with unmet needs.

Information is available at EmergencyConnectivityFund.org. For more, review the FAQs, updated as new questions come in, and sign up for Emergency Connectivity Fund Program emails. Applicants and service providers can also contact the Emergency Connectivity Fund CSC with questions at (800) 234-9781 Monday – Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. MT.

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