SHI is ready to help your organization bridge the digital divide through the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), a $7.17 billion program designed to help schools and libraries support remote learning.

The ECF program will provide funding reimbursement for eligible equipment and services that can be provided to students, teachers, and library patrons who otherwise lack connected devices and/or lack broadband access.

Who is eligible?

  • Schools and libraries that are eligible for E-rate funding
  • Tribal libraries

What types of equipment qualify?

  • Laptop and tablet computers
  • Wi-Fi hotspots
  • Modems (including air cards)
  • Routers
  • Devices that combine a modem and router

In limited circumstances where a school or library can demonstrate that there are no available service options sufficient to support remote learning for its students, school staff, or library patrons, the Emergency Connectivity Fund may support the construction of new networks and the equipment needed for datacasting services.

SHI is an eligible Service Provider under the Schools and Libraries Program with over 30 years supporting education customers. Our dedicated team of education subject matter experts is well-positioned to help you leverage the Emergency Connectivity Fund to meet your community’s needs.

The second ECF application filing window opens on September 28 and will close on October 13, 2021. Eligible schools, libraries, and consortia can submit requests for funding to purchase eligible equipment and services between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

Invoicing

SHI customers will be permitted to choose their preferred invoicing method for ECF program:

  • BEAR (Billed Entity Applicant Reimbursement)
  • SPI* (Service Provider Invoice)
*Subject to terms and conditions

For more information, please contact erate@shi.com.