FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF)

Apply by August 13, 2021

A $7.17 billion government program to help U.S. schools and libraries provide the tools & services their communities need for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period.


Funded programs must target unmet needs of students and staff that lack internet access and off-site activities like remote learning or school buses. The institutions mentioned below can apply for the programs.



Consortia of schools

What products / services can be purchased under ECF?

  • Laptops/Tablets
  • Wi-Fi Hotspots
  • Modems
  • Routers
  • Broadband services
  • Private Networks*

*If applicants can demonstrate that no other option is available

  • Installation &Configuration**
  • Service Licenses

** If provided by the same vendor

What is the process to get funding?

June 29 to August 13, 2021

Start here for application requests.

July 1, 2021 to June 2022

Send reimbursement request for devices & services delivered during this window.

Why is this important?

17 million U.S. students lack broadband at home. This is a unique opportunity to help close the Homework Gap in the United States

  • Sierra Wireless and our Partners can be the trusted advisors helping schools and libraries leverage this opportunity
  • Sierra has the customer experience, and a broad portfolio of solutions to support closing the gap

Sierra Wireless Recommended Solutions

AirLink® LX40

For individual remote learning

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AirLink® RV55

For private networking use cases

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AirLink® XR80

For multi-user Wi-Fi e.g. School Buses

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Start with Sierra to de-risk your deployment with a scalable, flexible and easy to operate solution built on the knowledge from 25 years of IoT experience.

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