SHLB Applauds FCC Announcement of 3rd Emergency Connectivity Fund Window March 23, 2022
For Immediate Release
SHLB Applauds FCC Announcement of 3rd Emergency Connectivity Fund Window
Washington, D.C. (March 23, 2022) - Today the Federal Communications Commission announced that schools and libraries will have a third opportunity to apply for Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) support, as petitioned by the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition and fellow advocates in January. The new application window opens from April 28 to May 13, and accepts funding requests for eligible services between July 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023.
John Windhausen, executive director of the SHLB Coalition, made the following statement:
"The third Emergency Connectivity Fund application window will be a huge help for schools, libraries, and the millions of people who do not have affordable internet access. The next round of ECF funding will extend and expand many of the existing school and library ECF programs and open the door for more eligible anchors to connect their communities.
“We applaud the FCC for today's announcement and Chairwoman Rosenworcel for her continued leadership in closing the digital divide."
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.