FCC approves $7 billion to get better equipment to remote learners

FCC approves $7 billion to get better equipment to remote learners


The Emergency Connectivity Fund Program helps schools and libraries outfit students and patrons with remote learning equipment | Illustrator by Alex Castro / The Verge

The FCC has approved $7.17 billion in funding to help students, school staff, and library patrons access hotspots and connected devices to use at home. The Emergency Connectivity Fund Program will allow schools and libraries to purchase equipment to be used off-site — and to get reimbursement for equipment already purchased to address remote learning needs during the pandemic.

The new fund will use processes already in use by the E-Rate program, which currently helps schools and libraries pay for broadband internet. Qualifying schools and libraries will be able to purchase hotspots, routers, tablets, and computers, among other devices necessary for remote learning (though smartphones don’t qualify). Students and patrons can take them…

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