Rep. Johnson Highlights Launch of Application Period for Emergency Connectivity Fund
DECATUR, GA—Today Rep. Johnson applauded the launch of the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) application period and urged local schools and libraries to apply for funding to help students, teachers, and library patrons get the tools they need to connect to the Internet from home.
The Emergency Connectivity Fund is an innovative new program that provides funding for schools and libraries for equipment and services their communities need for remote learning.
The $7.17 billion program was authorized as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which the House passed, and President Biden signed into law in March.
“With nearly 17 million children across the country without Internet access, many students are being locked out of the virtual classroom. That’s why I supported the authorization of the Emergency Connectivity Fund because this program will help get broadband service and devices into the hands of the students, teachers, and library patrons who need them,” said Rep. Johnson. “I strongly encourage Georgia Fourth Congressional District schools and libraries with students or patrons who may be struggling to access remote learning to determine if they qualify for this new program and apply now.”
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced that the application window will last until August 13.
“The COVID-19 pandemic sped up the transition to virtual learning, but it will remain a crucial tool for parents and teachers alike long after the pandemic is over,” said Rep. Johnson. “I will continue to work to ensure that access to broadband and technology is no longer a barrier to learning for any student.”
For eligible schools and libraries, the ECF Program will cover costs of laptop and tablet computers; Wi-Fi hotspots; modems; routers; and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons.
Schools and libraries interested in applying for funding are encouraged to visit the FCC’s informational website – https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-connectivity-fund – to check if they are eligible and learn more.