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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.

Anticipated Start April 26, 2021

Emergency Broadband Benefit

(Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021)

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.

School/District Purchasing

Ongoing -

Statewide Discounted Contracts

Digital Learning Bridge Discounts on Hardware, Software, and Internet

Discounts for Schools

$4,276.00 Voucher administered by CESA Purchasing. Must be obligated by June 2022.

Ongoing -

ESSER Funds distributed through WISEgrants

Broad use including, purchasing educational technology and training (including hardware, software, and connectivity)

Digital Learning Bridge

DPI Page: COVID Response and Relief Planning Recommendations

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.

March 12 - April 12, 2021

Eligible Private School Application Window

Emergency Assistance for Non-Public Schools (EANS)

Digital Learning Bridge

Allowable costs include educational technology

Anticipate New E-rate Application Window opening in May 2021

Emergency Connectivity Fund (American Rescue Plan 2021)

Digital Learning BridgeDiscounts on Internet

E-rate funds to be used to support off-campus broadband services

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