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Emergency Connectivity Fund 2021 unlocks $7 billion in technology sales

What you need to secure sales today

December 07, 2021

Emergency Connectivity Fund 2021 unlocks $7 billion in technology sales
For resellers seeking to expand sales in education—or to simply help their education customers get the vital technology they need—the Emergency Connectivity Fund program opens a slew of opportunities. Here’s what you need to know to support schools with their remote learning capabilities.
 
What is the Emergency Connectivity Fund 2021?
The FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) is a $7.17 billion program that will help schools and libraries provide the technologies, tools and services their communities need for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period. ECF will provide relief to millions of students, school staff, and library patrons and will help close the homework gap for students who currently lack necessary internet access or the devices they need to connect to classrooms.
 
ECF is part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that was signed into law in March 2021. It’s a new funding source that will be distributed through the federal E-rate program.
 
What does the ECF cover?
For eligible schools and libraries, the ECF Program will cover reasonable costs of laptop and tablet computers, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems (including air cards), routers, and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, school staff and library patrons. For more details, visit the FCC website https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-connectivity-fund.
 
Where are we now in the process?
Schools and libraries were given two application filing windows—both of which are now closed. During both filing windows, applicants requested over $6.4 billion from the ECF. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and FCC have been reviewing applications on a rolling basis, and have already issued their funding approvals for Phase 1 applicants. Phase 2 approvals still pending (as of Nov. 9).
 
Who has been granted funding?
Current funding commitment information is available at https://www.fcc.gov/ecf-current-funding-commitments. Or you can contact the Ingram Micro public sector team to learn more.
 
What does this mean for resellers?
If you’re working with a school or library that has approved funds, now’s the time to secure their order details, product specifications and delivery expectations. Be proactive in placing those orders to bypass any delays and get ahead of any supply chain issues.
 
Concerned about financing?
With the influx of orders from schools and libraries, it’s smart to ensure your credit options are in order. If you’re concerned that you might exceed your Ingram Micro credit line, reach out to the Ingram Micro financing team to discuss alternate financing, credit limit increases and other possibilities.
 
For more support in finding or supporting these ECF opportunities, contact the Ingram Micro public sector team today.
 
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