FCC ECF Program in Closing the Homework Gap

FCC ECF Program in Closing the Homework Gap

FCC as on April 19, 2022 committed an additional $37million that will go to support eligible schools, and libraries for internet connectivity to enable remote learning.

During the third application filing window, eligible schools and libraries could apply for funding for Emergency Connectivity Fund eligible equipment and/or services purchased between July 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023 to meet the remote learning needs of students, school staff, and library patrons.

Some of the eligible equipment includes Wi-Fi hotspots, cellular routers, modems. and devices that combine a modem and router.

For more information about the program see this link https://www.emergencyconnectivityfund.org/about/.

In the program, there is a limited exception for new construction and datacasting equipment (broadcasting of data over a wide area via radio waves).

Where there are no commercially available broadband Internet access services, schools and libraries can seek ECF Program support to construct or self-provision networks to connect students, school staff, and library patrons.

A good example for datacasting is bridging from a point of presence of a broadband service using PtP links to a remote location with no coverage.

Here is a sample way of bridging a distance site/school/library with PtP sample equipment from this store.


PtP links can utilize unlicensed frequency bands such as 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz, 5GHz, or 60 GHz (with the improved 802.11ay standards) depending on the environment and throughout requirements.

Check out other solutions offered by PtP devices, PtMP, Fixed and Mobile networks.

Contact Rfwel wireless specialists for any queries on how to achieve wireless bridging between local and remote sites.