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Emergency Connectivity Fund Letter to Congress

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Schumer, Minority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader

The undersigned 65 education and related national organizations respectfully ask for Congress to replenish the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Providing a $1 billion appropriation in FY 2023 would be an important first step towards achieving that goal.

As you know, the ECF was established in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to allow schools and libraries to provide students, teachers and library patrons with devices and internet service at home. As of now, the FCC has committed more than $6 billion in program funding provided by Congress to connect more than 14 million students and teachers, a significant step toward addressing the well-documented k-12 digital divide. A breakdown by state of ECF funding allocations is available here.

Demand for this program is clearly high. In the final application window, which closed this past Spring, the FCC received requests for $2.8 billion in ECF funds, which was more than double the amount remaining in the program. Without additional funding, many of these requests will not be met, leaving millions of students disconnected at a time when learning loss and teacher shortages are leading concerns. We cannot let this happen.

Although thankfully students are back in school buildings, they still need access to robust devices and high-speed internet at home to succeed academically. Once ECF support ends, schools and libraries will struggle to meet this need. Here are some of their stories:

These and other stories like them show that this program is addressing the critical needs of schools and libraries across the country who are struggling to keep students, teachers and library patrons connected in an increasingly digital world. We therefore strongly urge Congress to replenish ECF, starting with an appropriation of $1 billion of funding this year to continue the ECF program. Please do not let millions of students, from rural and low-income households, fall back into the digital divide.


AASA, The School Superintendents Association
African American Mayors Association
Afterschool Alliance
American Federation of School Administrators
American Federation of Teachers
American Library Association
American Psychological Association
American School Counselor Association
Association of Educational Service Agencies
Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO)
Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland
Chiefs for Change
Common Sense
Consortium for School Networking
Council for Affordable and Rural Housing
Council of Chief State School Officers
The Education Trust
Family Centered Treatment Foundation
IGNITE Worldwide
Institute for Educational Leadership
International Society for Technology in Education
Joint National Committee for Languages
Learning Forward
Magnet Schools of America
Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council
National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement
National Association for Music Education
National Association for Pupil Transportation
National Association of Counties (NACo)
National Association of Elementary School Principals
National Association of Federally Impacted Schools
National Association of Housing Cooperatives
National Association of Independent Schools
National Association of School Psychologists
National Association of Secondary School Principals
National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
National Catholic Educational Association
National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training
National Council for Languages and International Studies
National Council of Teachers of English
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
National Council for the Social Studies
National Education Association
National PTA
National Rural Education Advocacy Consortium
National Rural Education Association
National School Boards Association
National Science Teaching Association (NSTA)
Organizations Concerned About Rural Education
Project Tomorrow
Public Advocacy for Kids
Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
State Educational Technology Directors Association
State E-rate Coordinators Alliance
Teach for America
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Committee on Catholic Education
Universal Technical Institute
US Ignite