NEA’s push to equip students for remote learning during the pandemic succeeded, thanks to our members’ advocacy. Through your collective efforts, we were able to secure over $7 billion for the E-Rate program. From June 29 through August 13, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will accept applications for the Emergency Connectivity Fund created by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan to help schools and libraries equip their communities for remote learning.
A total of $7.17 billion is available. The money can be used to purchase connected devices like laptops and tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connectivity to serve the unmet needs for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons. On June 25 at 2 p.m. EDT, the FCC will host a webinar on fcc.gov/live about the Emergency Connectivity Fund; advance registration is not required. Encourage your school, library, and local NEA affiliate to tune in and take advantage of the opportunity!