The FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program has announced commitments of more than $86 million. The FCC Wireline Competition Bureau also released an order extending the deadline for use of the funds from the program by a year. The new date is June 30, 2023.
The tenth wave includes commitments from both Window 1 ($30 million) and Window 2 (almost $56 million). It will provide funding to more than 350 schools, 29 libraries, and 8 consortia. These entities are approved to receive more than 239,000 connected devices and more than 96,000 broadband connections.
The ECF provides connectivity and equipment for use for homework and virtual learning in off-campus scenarios. It is administered by schools and libraries.
The program, which was instituted to support connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic, so far has committed to providing more than $4.62 billion to the 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands and the District of Columbia. It is funded at $7.17 billion.
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