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Are you aware of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (ECF)?

A 3rd and final round of ECF program funding is available to K-12 schools, libraries, and consortia of schools and libraries (e.g., regional or statewide groups of schools or libraries that apply together) with more than $1 billion available in this final round. The following link provides more information on the ECF https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-connectivity-fund and grant funding support is available at https://www.fcc.gov/sites/default/files/ecf-current-funding-commitments.xlsx.

What Equipment and Services Are Covered?

Eligible equipment includes Wi-Fi hotspots, modems (including air cards), routers, devices that combine a modem and router, and connected devices (laptop and tablet computers). Schools and libraries can also receive funding for commercially available broadband service that provides a fixed or mobile broadband connection for off-campus use by students, school staff or library patrons. In limited instances, a school or library that can demonstrate it has no available service options sufficient to support remote learning may seek funding for the construction of new networks to provide remote learning and the equipment needed for datacasting services.

The grant also provides opportunity to receive funding to support deployment of video surveillance cameras on school buses https://www.schoolbusfleet.com/10146222/getting-emergency-connectivity-fund-support-for-school-bus-wi-fi-what-to-know, use the following link to seek guidance and support on how to connect grant funding to your needs https://www.safefleet.net/school-bus-grant-assistance-program/.

How can we help?

Guidepost can provide support to the systems deployment process by providing basis-of-design, construction design packages, installation support, systems testing, programming and governance material development, ensuring that your funding is maximized and benefits realized.

 


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