The Federal Communications Commission recently announced the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program generating an overwhelming response. That demand, combined with the recent spike in coronavirus cases, has prompted them to announce a second application filing window. The funds are being made available to schools and libraries to request funding for connected devices and broadband connections for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons for the current 2021-22 school year.
“The Emergency Connectivity Fund is the single largest effort to bring connectivity and devices to students who lack them.” according to acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “The need is there, and the opening of a second application window reflects that. Together with the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, we are investing more than $10 billion in American students and households, so more Americans can connect, communicate, and more fully participate in modern life.”
Money is Available, But You Need to Act Quickly!
So, what does this mean for schools across the nation? Basically, it is another opportunity to request funding for much-needed communications infrastructure for schools. The FCC will open the second application filing window for the emergency connectivity fund to provide support for the current school year in light of outstanding demand, including applications that were filed after the close of the initial application filing window. The rise of the Delta variant means off-campus connectivity remains vital to ensuring students, school staff, and library patrons can engage in remote learning as they face challenges and uncertainty amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
During the second application filing window, which will run from September 28 to October 13, 2021, qualified schools and libraries can apply for financial support to purchase eligible equipment and services for students, school staff, and library patrons with unmet needs. Cloud-based telephone systems fall into that category and Carolina Digital Phone is ready to help you secure your school or library’s share of funding.
The Bottom Line for the Emergency Connectivity Fund
If your school or library missed out on the first deadline to apply for a portion of the over $7 billion in funding through the ECF, there is still time for you to apply for the emergency connectivity fund. During the second application filing window, which will run from September 28 to October 13, eligible schools and libraries can apply for financial support to purchase eligible equipment and services for students, school staff, and library patrons with unmet needs. Carolina Digital Phone has been working with school systems, private schools, and universities for years and knows how the system works. Call one of our dedicated representatives today at (336) 544-4000 to learn more!