Tuesday, February 16, 2021

House Includes $7+B for Remote Learning Funds in COVID Relief Bill

The House Energy & Commerce Committee late last week passed and sent to the full House a COVID-19 relief and budget reconciliation package that allocates more than $7 billion to the E-Rate program. Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) applauded inclusion of their legislation the Emergency Educational Connections Act and the E-Rate money. The program directs funds to schools and libraries for internet connectivity.

The legislation funds WiFi hotspots, modems, routers, and internet-enabled devices, including internet service through such equipment, to students, staff, and patrons. Continue Reading

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