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New ECF Window Announced for Public Libraries to Receive Free Hotspots and Devices

The Highlights: A third Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Window opens April 28 and closes May 13. ECF will only pay accredited public libraries for Internet/Connected Devices to support library patrons with unmet need. 18 month service period from July 1, 2022, through December 31, 2023, BUT only can seek at most 12 months of funding. Prohibition…

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Help Texans Provide Feedback to the Broadband Development Office about Connectivity Needs via Survey

The Broadband Development Office needs your help to get the word out about their broadband access survey by May 5! In conjunction with their listening tour, the Broadband Development Office is collecting feedback via an online survey of Texans’s connectivity needs. Findings will be used to inform the Statewide Broadband Plan which will guide strategy…

Broadband Listening Tour – Spread the Word!

There are almost 3.2 million Texas households that do not subscribe to home broadband service (U.S. Census Bureau, 2019), and about 165,000 Texas households that do not even have access to infrastructure to support broadband speeds (Connected Nation Texas, 2022). Libraries are well versed in the connectivity inequity in our communities and have always played…

TSLAC Offers Free Help for Public Libraries to File for Federal E-Rate Funding

E-Rate is a federal discount program available to accredited public libraries that pays up to 90% of broadband costs, but we at TSLAC know the process to complete an application like this can be daunting. TSLAC is continuing its support of libraries this year in applying for E-Rate. The project, called Libraries Connecting Texas (LCT),…

Texas Public Libraries Encouraged to Apply for Federal Broadband Funding Through State Library

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has announced the application window for federal E-Rate funding is now open. From Jan. 12, accredited Texas public libraries can apply to receive discounts on monthly Internet access costs and most anything to do with bringing high-speed Internet to the library (including equipment and cabling). E-rate was…

Second Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Window, Plus: Share Your ECF Thoughts With ALA

The second Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) Program Application Filing Window opens on September 28, 2021, and will close on October 13, 2021. This federal funding is for accredited public libraries to receive hotspots, lendable laptops, or Internet equipment and services for patron use outside of the library building. Is ECF right for your library? ECF…

Public Libraries Can Apply for New Summer-Only Federal Program – Special Funding for Lending Hotspots and Devices

To address the widening digital divide and Homework Gap, the FCC recently created the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). Accredited public libraries are invited to apply for this special funding in the next couple of months (June to August – exact dates TBD). If you’re a public library considering purchasing hotspots, lendable laptops, or Internet equipment…

Help Your Community and Patrons Get Low-Cost Internet and Affordable Devices

The Federal Communications Commission has launched a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.…