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Funding Quick Reference Guide

The chart below is intended to be a quick reference guide of the discounts available to families and funding available to districts, based on the best information we have today.

Direct to Consumer Internet Discounts


Public Service Commission Internet & Phone Helpline (608)267-3595

Speak to dedicated staff members who will help consumers connect with discount options.



Discounts of $7.25 - $18.50 on essential telecommunications.

Program Start    May 12, 2021

Emergency Broadband Benefit(Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021)

EBB Communication Toolkit 

Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting

US Department of Education, Template FRPL Verification Letter

Temporary discounts up to $50/month ($75 on Tribal Land) off of eligible household's internet access bill.

Expires 6 months after the health emergency or when money is depleted.

Program Start July 7, 2021

WI Emergency Rental Assistance Program (Assistance for current and/or overdue Internet bills)

WERA Communication Toolkit

How to Apply 

Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of assistance.

School/District Purchasing

Ongoing -

Statewide Discounted Contracts

Digital Learning Bridge Discounts on Hardware, Software, Internet, & Cybersecurity

Discounts for Schools

$4,276.00 Voucher administered by CESA Purchasing. Must be obligated by Nov. 2021. 

Ongoing -

ESSER Funds distributed through WISEgrants

Broad use including, purchasing educational technology and training (including hardware, software, Internet & cybersecurity)

Digital Learning Bridge

DPI Page: COVID Response and Relief Planning Recommendations

US Department of Education,     ESSER GEER FAQ (May 2021)

LEAs need to obligate ESSER I funds by September 30, 2022.

LEAs need to obligate ESSER II funds by September 30, 2023

LEAs need to obligate ESSER III funds by September 30, 2024.

Eligible Private School Application Window

Allowable costs include educational technology

Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS)

Digital Learning Bridge

EANS I Deadline      April 12, 2021

EANS II Deadline              July 15, 2021

Initial ECF Application Window June 29, 2021 - August 13, 2021

DPI ECF Website & Program Details

Emergency Connectivity Fund (American Rescue Plan 2021)

Digital Learning BridgeDiscounts on Hardware and Internet

ALA Summary of the FCC's Order on the Emergency Connectivity Fund

Funds to be used to support devices and off-campus broadband services

Other Funding Opportunities for Public-Private Partnership Broadband Projects

Anticipated New PSC Broadband Expansion Grant Window opening in Fall 2021

Wisconsin Public Service Commission Broadband Expansion Grants Grants for internet service providers to expand service to unserved and underserved areas.

Ongoing -

State Trust Fund Loan Program

BCPL State Trust Fund Loan Program Low interest loans for municipalities and school districts for local infrastructure projects

Application Deadline    July 27, 2021

Wisconsin Public Service Commission

100 Million Initial Round of Broadband Expansion Grants (American Rescue Plan 2021)

ARP Broadband Access Grant Details

Broadband expansion projects to meet or exceed upload and download speeds 100 Mbps

In addition, there are numerous one-time funds available for states and municipalities for addressing broadband needs. Bob Bocher drafted this very helpful high level summary of sections of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act that include funding for broadband.

For questions about this information, contact Rachel Schemelin (608) 266-5190