We specialize in helping schools, districts, and libraries navigate the complexities of the FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program.

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We help our clients onboard and retain the critical resources needed to build network infrastructures that prepare students and communities for a digital-based economy.

Our dedicated consultants support your team throughout the entirety of the ECF application process, from submission to compliance. We work with your staff and vendors to efficiently secure funding awards and reimbursements.

Our ErateSync Records Compliance app stores data and records based on the FCC’s 10-year records retention policy.


Emergency Connectivity Program Overview

The Emergency Connectivity Fund is a $7.17 billion program funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to help schools and libraries support remote learning. The Program provides funding to schools and libraries for the reasonable costs of eligible equipment and services that can be provided to students, teachers, and library patrons who lack connected devices, such as laptop or tablet computers, and/or lack broadband access during the pandemic.

On May 10, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously adopted a Report and Order on establishing the rules and procedures for the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) is the program administrator through the federal E-Rate program.


Emergency Connectivity Fund Program Eligibility

Schools and libraries that are eligible for support under the FCC's E-Rate program can request and receive support through the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program. Eligibility for the Emergency Connectivity Program Fund does not require applicants to be current E-Rate participants.


Emergency Connectivity Fund Program Eligible Equipment and Services

The following types of equipment and services purchased for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons who would otherwise lack sufficient connectivity to engage in remote learning are eligible for support:

  • Laptop and tablet computers
  • Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Modems (including air cards)
  • Routers
  • Devices that combine a modem and router
  • Commercially available broadband internet service

The Emergency Connectivity Fund Program may support the construction of new networks and the equipment
needed for datacasting services in limited circumstances where a school or library can demonstrate that there
are no available service options sufficient to support remote learning.