FCC Commits Nearly $603M in Additional Emergency Connectivity Funding

The following press release was published by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday, December 20, 2021. Latest Wave Provides Support to Applications From Both Funding Windows WASHINGTON, December 20, 2021 — The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it is committing $602,985,895.13 in its latest wave of Emergency Connectivity Fund program support, which will connect over 1.4 million students …

POLICY BRIEF: FCC Adopts Final Rules for the Emergency Connectivity Fund

Washington, DC (May 14, 2021) – In response to the at-home connectivity inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously adopted rules for the distribution of the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) on May 10. In accordance with the rules, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) will administrate the ECF Program separately from the E-rate program, yet …

Policy Brief: The American Rescue Plan and its impact on broadband

On March 11, Congress passed the latest COVID-relief package, called the American Rescue Plan, to the tune of $1.9 trillion. In it, broadband is propped up as a major player, with schools, rural communities, and other entities positioned to see major upgrades to their connectivity and technology needs. Since the pandemic began a year ago, the increased need for connectivity …