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  • E-Rate
    Wednesday, January 19, 2022
    Funding Year 2022 E-rate Application Window Is Open The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has announced the Funding Year 2022 E-rate application filing window. Schools that wish to request E-rate funding for services received from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 must submit and certify an FCC Form 471 application in USAC’s E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) between Wednesday, January 12, 2022 and Tuesday, March 22, 2022. This is one of the earliest filing deadlines on record for the past few years. Schools are encouraged to create an internal timeline of events and necessary tasks so as to keep on track to meet the March 22 submission deadline.

  • E-Rate
    Wednesday, December 15, 2021
    FCC Clarifies Emergency Connectivity Fund Invoice Deadline On December 2, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) normalized the invoice deadline for all Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) funding requests filed in the first and second application windows. The effective deadline for submission of invoices to USAC is the later of the following: August 29, 2022, or (less common), 60 days from the issuance of a Funding Commitment Decision Letter or Revised Funding Commitment Decision Letter approving a post-commitment change or appeal.

  • E-Rate
    Wednesday, October 6, 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.

  • E-Rate
    Monday, September 20, 2021
    USAC will be opening a second application window for the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) on September 28, 2021. This will be a short two-week window that will close on October 13, 2021. The California Department of Education (CDE) and California K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN) will be hosting a webinar, Emergency Connectivity Fund Updates and Second Application Window Tips, on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at noon.

  • E-Rate
    Wednesday, August 25, 2021
    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.

  • E-Rate
    Thursday, August 19, 2021
    The first application window for the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) closed Friday, August 13, 2021. While nationwide data is not available at this time, California public schools applied for approximately $712 million, a little over 10% of the $7.17 billion in available funds. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may announce additional application window(s) to come, if funds are available. The FCC set targets for the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) in processing ECF applications; it expects USAC to process 50% by September 12 and 70% by November 21.

  • E-Rate
    Thursday, August 5, 2021
    Friday, August 13, 2021, is the Deadline to File Applications for the Emergency Connectivity Fund 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. August 13, 2021, is the deadline to file applications for ECF funding for purchases made between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.

  • E-Rate
    Wednesday, June 16, 2021
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the application window for the new Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). The 45-day application window will open June 29, 2021 and will close August 13, 2021. The FCC will host a public information session on the Emergency Connectivity Fund on Friday, June 25 @ 11 a.m. PT. The event will stream live at  fcc.gov/live. Questions can be sent in advance to ECFwebinar@fcc.gov. More information on ECF may be found on the FCC’s website at https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-connectivity-fund.

  • CDE
    Wednesday, June 16, 2021
    The California Department of Education in partnership with the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), CCSESA Technology Steering Committee (TSC), CITE and K12HSN are hosting a webinar Friday, June 18, 2021, at 10 am to discuss K-12 Cybersecurity and MS-ISAC Membership at No Cost to LEAs.

  • E-Rate
    Thursday, May 20, 2021
    Federal Communications Commission Releases Rules for New COVID-19 Emergency Connectivity Fund Program On May 11, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released rules for the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), a temporary federal program to enable schools to purchase internet service and laptops or tablets to connect students and school staff that lack adequate access necessary to support remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.