Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF Window 3) Update

  • Published: Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF Window 3) Update

The FCC recently announced that there will be a third filing window (“Window 3”) for the Emergency Connectivity Fund, which pays for Internet access and laptops/tablets/Chromebooks for students, teachers and library patrons with an unmet need.  Unmet need means that the student or teacher does not have their own computer and internet service at home that can be used for remote learning.

Here are the highlights:

  • Window opens April 28 and closes May 13
  • ECF will only pay for Internet/Connected Devices to support students, teachers and library patrons with unmet need
  • 18-month service period from July 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023 BUT only can seek at most 12 months of funding
  • Prohibition against duplicate funding for same time period/same services from ECF Windows 1 & 2 {and other COVID relief funding}
  • About $1 Billion in funding available for Internet at home and Laptops/Tablets/Chromebooks (“Connected Devices”)
  • Window 1 and 2 combined demand for FY 2021-22 was $6.4 billion
  • Highest discount rural applicants will receive priority for funding if demand is more than available funds

 

The application filing window opens April 28 and closes May 13, 2022.  Funding can be used to pay for connected devices and internet services during July 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023 (18 months).  However, you can request no more than 12 months of service costs for Internet.  The service period must be different from the months already paid utilizing Window 1 and 2 ECF funding.  Windows 1 and 2 have a service period that ends June 30, 2023.  Funding is available for up to 12 months and must end by June 30, 2023.

  • Windows 1 and 2 – services from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023 (only 12 months of service funded)
  • Window 3 – services from July 1, 2022 through December 31, 2023 (only 12 months of service funded)
  • Service Period overlap – 12 months from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023

 

Applicants who previously filed and obtained approval for ECF funding in Windows 1 and 2 will need to explain that their new requests in Window 3 are not duplicative of Window 1 and 2 funding.  This will have to be explained in the narrative of each funding request.

The full FCC announcement can be found on their website. (link: https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-announces-third-ecf-application-window)

As always, any Missouri school or library that has questions about E-rate may contact Chris Schneider, the Missouri State E-rate Coordinator, at [email protected]