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The FCC is committing more than $24 million in new Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (ECF) awards to benefit about 45,000 students across the country, including students in Alaska, Arizona, California, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma and Texas.

The program provides funding for broadband connectivity and devices for students to use in off-campus settings, including at home. It is administered by schools and libraries.

The ECF, which started in 2021, has awarded funds after accepting requests during three separate application windows. Of the funding commitments approved to date, approximately $4.14 billion is supporting applications from Window 1; $834 million from Window 2; and $1.7 billion from Window 3. The funds announced today will support approximately 55 schools, five libraries and one consortium.

Today’s announcement will support approximately 55 schools, 5 libraries, and 1 consortium, the FCC said.

To date, ECF has approved funding commitments to support approximately 11,000 schools, 1,000 libraries, and 100 consortia, and provided nearly 13 million connected devices and over 8 million broadband connections.

Last month, the FCC awarded more than $2.5 million in Emergency Connectivity funds to six states, including Arizona, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Dakota and Texas.

“We are committed to making sure all our kids have the digital tools they need to connect with their teachers and online homework,” FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a prepared statement about the FCC Emergency Connectivity awards.  “This program is an important step toward meeting that goal, and builds on our progress to close the Homework Gap.”

More details about which schools and libraries have received funding commitments can be found at https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-connectivity-fund.

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