October 6, 2021
E-rate News Flash
Emergency Connectivity Fund Second Application Window Closes Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), a temporary federal funding program available to E-rate eligible schools. ECF program funds may reimburse schools for the purchase of internet service and laptops or tablets necessary for students and teachers to participate remote learning activities away from school. October 13, 2021, is the final deadline to file applications for ECF funding for purchases between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. More information may be found on the FCC’s website at https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-connectivity-fund.
Emergency Connectivity Fund Training and Information
The California Department of Education (CDE) and the K12 High Speed Network (K12HSN) have hosted a series of webinars on Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) outlining program requirements and best practices for preparing applications. Additional details are posted on K12HSN’s website at https://www.k12hsn.org/resources/erate/ecf.
- May 14th, 2021: Emergency Broadband Benefit and Emergency Connectivity Fund Materials | Recording
- May 27th, 2021: The New E-Rate Emergency Connectivity Fund: What You Need to Know Materials | Recording
- June 24th, 2021: The New E-Rate Emergency Connectivity Fund: Preparing for the Application Process Materials | Recording
- September 22nd, 2021: Emergency Connectivity Fund Updates and Second Application Window Tips Materials | Recording
Webinar number five in the series, which will focus on claims for reimbursement and other program requirements will be held on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
To attend, please register at this website: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIofumsrTsuHdaW8SbyqYUE-YgN-9VnIF7l.
USAC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund Program Website and Trainings
The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), which is the administrator of the ECF program, has a wealth of information on its Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) website and hosts a series of office hours to answer frequently asked questions. You may view the website here: https://www.emergencyconnectivityfund.org/ and sign up for and view office hours webinars here: https://www.emergencyconnectivityfund.org/training/live-sessions/. Schools are encouraged to sign up for USAC’s weekly ECF newsletter at this website: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6296809/emergency-connectivity-fund/.