The Emergency Connectivity Fund and OETC

The Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) is a $7.17 billion program administered by the FCC and USAC. It helps schools and libraries with remote learning hardware needs, and hundreds of OETC products are eligible.

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ECF with OETC

Our ECF-eligible products

Chromebooks

Chromebooks

Acer, Lenovo, Asus and more with budget, touch and stylus options

  • Acer C722
  • Acer R753T
  • Acer R853T
  • Lenovo 100e
  • Lenovo 300e
  • Lenovo 500e
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Chromebook Services

Chromebook services

Including white-glove services, console licenses and more

  • Asset tagging
  • Zero-touch enrollment
  • Check for DOA devices
  • Pre-loaded Updates
  • Etching
  • Chrome education upgrade licenses
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Hot Spots and Connectivity

Connectivity

Wireless solutions with Cradlepoint and Kajeet

  • Connectivity for students and school buses
  • Protect student data
  • Network management on a budget
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Laptops
and tablets

laptops and tablets

Available
brands:

  • Lenovo
  • Asus
  • Acer
  • Microsoft
  • Dell
  • HP
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Contracts

OETC adheres to a sealed, competitive bidding process to negotiate contracts that abide by procurement statutes required for ECF.

What products are eligible for ECF?

Connected devices (laptop and tablet computers, but not desktops or cell phones), Wi-Fi hotspots, modems (including air cards), routers and modem/router combos.

Emergency use funds with OETC
Emergency use funds with OETC

What are ECF reimbursement levels?

Chromebooks, laptops and tablets are capped at $400 per device, with a limit of one device per user. Hot spots are capped at $250. Applicants may apply for a waiver of the $400 limit for devices for disabled users.

Who is eligible for ECF?

If you qualify for E-Rate, you qualify for ECF; tribal libraries are also eligible. You do not have to be a current E-Rate participant to be eligible, but you must meet eligibility requirements.

Emergency use funds with OETC
Emergency use funds with OETC

How do schools and libraries apply?

The initial ECF application filing window will open on June 29 and close on August 13. During the application filing window, applicants can submit requests for funding to purchase eligible equipment and services between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.