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ALA Spreads Awareness of the FCC's Emergency Connectivity Fund Program

ALA released a statement from its president, Julius C. Jefferson Jr., regarding the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program, which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially agreed to implement. Per an FCC press release, “This $7.17 billion program, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will enable schools and libraries to purchase laptop and tablet computers, Wi-Fi hotspots, and broadband connectivity for students, school staff, and library patrons in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Jefferson states, “After months of advocacy by ALA, we are pleased the FCC has released the rules that will govern the $7 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund. Since the dial-up days, libraries across the country have stood in the digital gaps to connect our communities, especially for people who would otherwise be left behind. The pandemic has brought to light the yawning depth of those digital gaps as well as the extent to which Americans rely on libraries to fill them. ALA will continue to work to make sure libraries have the information they need to apply for and receive these emergency funds to serve more people.”

For more information, read the press release.

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