FCC Commits Over $1.2 Billion in First Emergency Connectivity Funding Wave
The Federal Communications Commission is committing $1,203,107,496.88 for 3,040 schools, 260 libraries, and 24 consortia that applied for support from the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program. This first wave of funding commitments will provide students, school staff and library patrons in all 50 states and Guam, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia access to the devices and broadband connectivity they need to support their off-campus education needs. The funding will support 3,081,131 devices and 774,115 broadband connections and help connect over 3.6 million students who, according to their schools, would otherwise lack devices, broadband access, or both. 3,678 applicants applied for funding. Of the $1.203 billion committed in the first application window, approximately $1.17 billion will support schools, $23.97 million will be directed to libraries, and $12.03 million will support consortia of schools and libraries. The FCC continues to review applications from the first application filing window and will announce future funding commitments in coming weeks.
More details about which schools and libraries will receive funding can be found here: https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-376028A2.xlsx.
FCC Commits Over $1.2B in First Emergency Connectivity Funding Wave