The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday it has committed $1.2 billion worth of broadband funds for schools and libraries.
This is the first distribution from the Emergency Connectivity Fund, which Congress passed in March to help students connect to the internet during the coronavirus pandemic. The fund is worth $7.17 billion.
The $1.2 billion will help connect 3.6 million students, the FCC said. More than 3,000 schools, 260 libraries, and 24 consortia applied for support, according to the agency.
“Closing the Homework Gap means that all students can be connected to their schools and teachers—and now the FCC has new ...