August 25, 2021
E-rate News Flash
FCC Announces Emergency Connectivity Fund Demand and Second Application Window
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that the total demand for the first Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) application window is $5.137 billion out of the available $7.17 billion in program funds. Because of the short timeframe of the first application window, and the demand is below the cap, the FCC will open a second application window from September 28 to October 13, 2021. This application window will be for eligible expenditures to support remote learning during the 2021/2022 fiscal period. You may view the announcement at this website: https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-announces-over-5-billion-emergency-connectivity-fund-requests.
Preparing for the Second ECF Window
There are multiple reasons why schools may wish to participate in the second filing window. These include, but are not limited to, schools who filed applications after the August 13 deadline and have pending appeals at the FCC, schools that may have underestimated their needs and wish to augment their requests from the first window, or schools that may have not had the time or opportunity to submit applications over the summer.
For those schools that may not have heard of the ECF program, and wish to understand how they may use these funds to support remote learning, we encourage you to view webinars held by the CDE and K12HSN earlier this year that outline the basic program requirements at https://www.k12hsn.org/resources/erate/ecf.
ECF Information Resources
Because ECF is a new program, information and guidance is constantly evolving. It is recommended that all schools participating in the program continue to monitor official guidance from the FCC and USAC.