E-Rate News Flash 21-06

  Wednesday, May 12, 2021

California Department of Education to Hold a Webinar on Friday, May 14, 2021, to Review the Emergency Broadband Benefit and Emergency Connectivity Fund Programs

The Federal Communications Commission is launching two new programs designed to financially support broadband access and devices for students and low-income families through the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program will provide up to $50 per month towards home internet service for eligible low-income families and up to $75 per month for families on Tribal lands. The EBB program also may provide a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating internet providers. The Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) will enable schools to purchase internet service and laptops or tablets to connect students and school staff that lack adequate broadband access necessary to support remote learning. The California Department of Education will be holding an informational webinar on Friday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific to review these programs and how they can assist California's schools in closing the digital divide. You may sign up by e-mailing digitaldivide@cde.ca.gov.


Visit our EBB information page.