Netsync wants to ensure that all customers are aware that Round 3 was announced for the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) and the application window opens on April 28th and will close on My 13th. The Emergency Connectivity Fund is intended to meet as yet unaddressed need for devices and connectivity, for students, school staff, and library patrons who would otherwise lack access to connected devices sufficient to engage in remote learning.
If you are interested in ECF’s round, here are a few things to know:
- FCC is anticipating that a minimum of $1 billion will be available for commitment and disbursement for a third window.
- Eligible schools and libraries may request funding during this 15-day filing window for a maximum of 12 months of eligible services and equipment that will be received or delivered between July 1, 2022, and December 31, 2023.
- The Commission’s rules have been modified to establish December 31, 2023, as the service delivery due date for equipment.
Directed by USAC the fund provides monies districts can apply for to purchase equipment and services for distribution to teachers and to students’ families for use outside the school. Equipment and connectivity would need to be used primarily for educational purposes.
The Netsync team has been supporting numerous districts as they fill out their ECF applications and providing guidance on eligible device and telecommunication options that meet the teaching and learning requirements of ECF. If you would like more information about eligible ECF devices that will bring the best ROI for your districts, please reach out to Netsync for a consultation on the best device options for K12 students and educators.