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FCC Seeks Comment on $7.171 Billion Erate Connected Learning

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 12:00 AM

The FCC is seeking comment on the recent $7.171 Billion that Congress passed as part of the recently enacted American Rescue Plan (March, 2021).

To help schools and libraries provide devices and connectivity to students, school staff, and library patrons during the pandemic, Congress established a $7.171 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund as part of the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the American Rescue Plan or Act).2Congress directed the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) to promulgate rules providing for the distribution of funding from the Emergency Connectivity Fund to eligible schools and libraries for the purchase of eligible equipment and advanced telecommunications and information services for use by students, school staff, and library patrons at locations other than a school or library.

Comments are due April 5, 2021 and Reply comments are due April 23, 2021.

https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-317A1.pdf