Congress authorized the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. During the 2021 and 2022 school years, public libraries and schools applied for ECF funding to request reimbursement for devices and internet services for students, staff, and patrons that need sufficient access to engage in remote learning. Schools providing face-to-face instruction are eligible for ECF to close the homework gap.
Applicants used the Internet Access at Home Survey to gather local digital equity data and verify need for the ECF application. In addition, schools and libraries have access to statewide purchasing contracts with discounts for internet and hardware through the Digital Learning Bridge.
As of March 29, 2023 Wisconsin's schools and libraries have been awarded $88,737,180.46 in ECF Funding. Window 3 applications continue to be reviewed. Additional information is available at the FCC's ECF website.
Request for Reimbursement ECF FCC Form 472 (BEAR) Checklist
Use the USAC ECF Form 472 (BEAR) Checklist of key items to expedite the review and processing of your request for reimbursement.
Important Dates for Applicants
June 30, 2023 - Service delivery deadline for Windows 1 and 2
August 29, 2023 - Last day to invoice for funding from Windows 1 and 2
December 31, 2023 - Service delivery deadline for Window 3
February 29, 2024 - Last day to invoice for funding from Window 3
ECF Post Commitment Change Request Form
Applicants can use the ECF Post Commitment Change Request Form to submit changes to funding requests, including reducing or canceling a committed funding request.