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Harder Announces Launch of New Program to Connect Central Valley Families to High Speed Internet at Home

WASHINGTON — Today, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced the launch of the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) application period which will help connect Central Valley families with the high-speed internet they need at home. The program covers the costs of laptops, tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connectivity for students, school staff, and library patrons. Rep. Harder is urging Valley schools and libraries to apply for funding to help them deliver the tools families need to connect to the internet.

“Right now, nearly 17 million kids and families across the country don’t have access to the internet. That’s inexcusable when so many folks in the Valley learn and work online every single day,” said Rep. Harder. “The Emergency Connectivity Fund will be a huge help to anyone looking to get online for their next paycheck or their next homework assignment. Central Valley schools and libraries connect so many of our families to the internet, and I’m encouraging all of them to see if they qualify for this new program and apply ASAP so they can start giving out devices to the folks who need them.”

The Emergency Connectivity Fund is an innovative new program that provides funding for schools and libraries to provide the equipment and services their communities need for remote learning. The $7.17 billion program was authorized as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which the House passed, and President Biden signed into law in March.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced that the application window began today and will last until August 13.

For eligible schools and libraries, the ECF Program will cover costs of laptop and tablet computers; Wi-Fi hotspots; modems; routers; and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons.  Schools and libraries interested in applying for funding are encouraged to visit the FCC’s informational website – https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-connectivity-fund – to check if they are eligible and learn more.

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