New Emergency Connectivity Funding Could Help Schools Support 5G
School districts seeking funding for connectivity can also look to the Federal Communications Commission, the organization responsible for E-rate and the Emergency Connectivity Funds. The FCC announced last week that it’s adding $266 million to the Emergency Connectivity Program. The funds will be available to school districts and public libraries in two new rounds, and they must be used to support off-campus learning and schoolwork for students.
Because the Private 5G Platform is meant to help communities access better connectivity, the FCC’s funding can be used for it in this manner. It could not be used to deploy the 5G connectivity in school buildings, another option districts have with the private network.