Special Workshop: E-rate Emergency Connectivity Fund

What: The Federal Communications Commission recently announced the rules to apply for the E-rate Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), an historic opportunity for schools and libraries to connect students and patrons to home broadband. Unlike traditional E-rate funding, the $7 billion ECF program will allow schools and libraries to pay for off-campus connectivity and internet-enabled devices, such as laptops and tablets. Any school or library seeking funding from this program will need to digest a host of new rules in a flash due to the very tight application window. The SHLB Coalition’s ECF workshop will provide schools, libraries, and vendors with the essential strategies and information needed to submit successful funding applications.

Where: Online

When: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET, June 9, 2021

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Agenda*

1:00 p.m. ET

Welcome and Introductions
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1:15 p.m. ET Overview of ECF Legislation
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1:25 p.m. ET

Overview of ECF FCC Order
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2:10 p.m. ET Breakout Sessions
       School Speakers Library Speakers Vendor Speakers
Each breakout session covers the most pertinent topics for the respective audience to know, and includes a 20-minute Q&A section.
3:35 p.m. ET Comparing the ECF to the Emergency Broadband Benefit, and other federal programs
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Speakers

Welcome and Introductions

Sen Markey

T.H. Ed Markey
U.S. Senator (D-Mass.)
 

Jessica Rosenworcel

T.H. Jessica Rosenworcel
Acting Chairwoman
Federal Communications Commission

Rachelle Chong

Rachelle Chong
Chairwoman, Board of Directors
SHLB Coalition

John Windhausen

John Windhausen
Executive Director
SHLB Coalition

Overview of Legislation

Reg Leichty

Reg Leichty
Founder and Partner
Foresight Law+Policy

 

Overview of FCC ECF Order

  • Molly O'Conor, Attorney Adviser, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Ryan Palmer, Division Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, FCC
  • Johnnay Schrieber, Deputy Division Chief, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, FCC

School Breakout Session

 

Christian Baker

Christian Baker
General Manager
Infinity Communications and Consulting

Kim Friends

Kim Friends
Vice President, E-rate Compliance Services
CSM Consulting

Candice Hall

Candice Hall
E-rate Compliance Services
CSM Consulting

Debra Kriete

Debra Kriete
South Dakota E-rate Coordinator;
Chair, State E-rate Coordinators' Alliance

Martin Skiby

Martin Skiby
Chief Operating Officer
Infinity Communications & Consulting

Julie Tritt Schell

Julie Tritt Schell
Pennsylvania E-rate Coordinator
 

Library Breakout Session

Bob Bocher, American Library Association

Bob Bocher
Fellow, Office of Public Policy and Advocacy
American Library Association

Eric Flock, E-rate Central

Eric Flock
Director of E-rate Services
E-Rate Central

Riley Harpole

Riley Harpole
Director of E-rate
Kellogg & Sovereign Consulting LLC

 

Vendor Breakout Session

John Harrington

John Harrington
CEO
Funds For Learning

Jim Kerr

Jim Kerr
Principal
KB & Associates

Gina Spade

Gina Spade
Principal
Broadband Legal Strategies

Comparing ECF to the Emergency Broadband Benefit, and other federal programs

Sean Davis

Sean Davis
Manager of Research and Policy
National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Jeff Mitchell

Jeff Mitchell
Counsel
Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth

 

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Pricing

Includes access to live session, digital materials, and post-event recording.

$99 - Schools, libraries, nonprofit organizations, and consultants representing applicants.

$199 - For-profit vendors, including broadband service and equipment providers, and consultants representing vendors.

SHLB members are eligible for a 25 percent discount on registration.


Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is the SHLB Coalition offering this workshop?
 

As the leading nonprofit promoting broadband connectivity for schools, libraries, anchor institutions, and their communities, the SHLB Coalition has a strong interest in the success of this ECF program. SHLB worked closely with FCC officials in creating these rules and will continue to advocate for the needs of schools and libraries throughout the application process. SHLB does not provide specific consulting services for individual applicants, but we are bringing together many of the most knowledgeable and experienced consultants to share their expertise with the applicant community.

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Isn’t applying for the ECF the same process as applying for E-rate funding?
 

Not at all - there are a number of differences, which we’ll get into during the ECF workshop. The FCC released an Order on May 11, 2021 outlining the unique application process for the ECF.

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Who should attend the ECF Workshop?
 

Anyone interested in applying for funding, including schools and libraries. Commercial providers and other vendors will also gain valuable information from this workshop, and we have a special breakout session planned to suit their needs. Finally, consultants and nonprofits that work with schools and libraries on broadband issues will also benefit from the ECF workshop. The workshop will help everyone get up to speed on the FCC’s application rules and USAC’s application forms, but it will not substitute for obtaining specific advice from your favorite consultant or consulting firm.

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How do I attend ECF Workshop? Do I need any software?
 

The first step is to register through our website. Once you do, you'll receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link to attend the workshop. You’ll be asked to fill out a quick form once you’ve clicked on the link, but then you’ll be in.

 

Besides that link, all you’ll need is to have the latest version of Zoom installed in your device.

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What is this “SHLB Coalition”?
 

We’re a mission-driven, nonprofit, public interest organization that believes in closing the digital divide through community anchor institutions. Our diverse group of over 260 members hail from all across the country. You can learn more about us here.

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What is the SHLB Coalition’s history of involvement with this program?
 

Since our founding in 2009, we’ve been advocating for the expansion and growth of the E-rate program to serve the surrounding community. We supported the E-rate reforms in 2014 that promoted fiber deployment and funding for internal connections. In January 2021, SHLB took the lead in filing a Petition for Rulemaking to allow E-rate funds to connect students and patrons wherever they are – an advocacy effort that’s become even more urgent due to COVID-19. Congress incorporated these same ideas when it passed the ECF legislation in March 2021. SHLB filed comments during the FCC’s ECF rulemaking proceeding and held several meetings with FCC staff to help develop the program rules.

The Emergency Connectivity Fund embodies what we’ve been advocating for, so now we aim to help schools and libraries make the most of this $7 billion opportunity.

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Is there a discount for SHLB members?
 

You bet! SHLB members get 25 percent off the price of registration. Make sure to sign into your membership portal account when filling out the registration form, and the discount will be automatically applied. 

 

Having issues with your membership portal account? Please email efredell@shlb.org.

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What payment methods do you accept?
 

We accept most major credit cards – American Express, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and a few others. You can also pay by check by selecting the option at checkout. For billing questions, please contact operations@shlb.org.

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Can I choose which breakout session I attend, or will it be automatically assigned to me?
 

You’ll be able to choose your breakout session in real-time during the workshop. We’ll be there to guide you through it.

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Can I attend more than one breakout session?
 

Due to the live nature of the ECF workshop, unfortunately each attendee can only attend one breakout session in real-time. However, after the workshop, registrants will have access to all three breakout session recordings.

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What is your refund policy?
 

We understand that things can happen! If you need to cancel, you’ll receive a full refund as long as you notify us at info@shlb.org by COB on June 2. We’re regrettably unable to issue any refunds after June 3.

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How do I become a SHLB member?
 

Ask us a hard one! Simply fill out our membership application here. You can also explore our benefits and membership dues online, or reach out to our wonderful Membership Director Eric Fredell at efredell@shlb.org.

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Who is SHLB?


Mission: “For every anchor institution in the country to have affordable, high-quality broadband that serves the needs of the institution and is open and accessible to the surrounding community.”

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