FCC Opens Second ECF Window for Schools and Libraries August 25, 2021
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. (August 25, 2021) - Today the Federal Communications Commission announced that it will open a second filing window for schools and libraries to request future support from the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program. From September 28 to October 13, schools and libraries can apply for funding for the upcoming school year to cover broadband and devices for students and patrons who lack home internet access.
John Windhausen Jr., executive director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition made the following statement:
“The SHLB Coalition applauds the FCC for giving schools and libraries another chance to obtain ECF funding, as we recommended in conversations with Commission staff. The $5 billion of support already requested demonstrates the strong commitment of schools and libraries to expand broadband connectivity to their communities.
“Unfortunately, the initial filing window took place at a time when many schools and library staff were not in the office, which was particularly difficult for smaller institutions. This new opportunity will be invaluable for educators with limited resources and the people most in need. We thank Acting Chairwoman Rosenworcel for keeping up this momentum to ensure every pupil and patron can access the essential digital tools needed for online learning.”
The SHLB Coalition is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization that supports open, affordable, high-quality broadband connections for anchor institutions and their surrounding communities. The SHLB Coalition is based in Washington, D.C. and has a diverse membership of commercial and non-commercial organizations from across the United States. To learn more, visit www.shlb.org.