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Digital Divide in Texas

a guide to accompany a Dean's Innovation Grant researching the digital divide in Texas and potential solutions

Funding Information and Records

Funding is widely available from the federal government and charitable foundations to support broadband infrastructure development and related activities and resources that enable connected communities.

  • FCC announces over $5B in funding requests received in Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (InfoDocket): The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it has received requests for $5.137 billion to fund 9.1 million connected devices and 5.4 million broadband connections as part of the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program. The first filing window, which closed August 13, 2021, attracted applications from all 50 states, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. 
  • $7.2 Billion Federal Emergency Connectivity Fund Accepting Applications: The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 includes $7.17 billion for the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program. The ECF will provide funding for public and tribal libraries and K12 schools to purchase connected devices and broadband internet connections for use off of library and school grounds by library patrons, students, and teachers and staff who otherwise don’t have internet access.
  • Rural eConnectivity Program: The Rural Utilities Service, a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), hereinafter referred to as “RUS” or “the Agency” is issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to announce that it is accepting applications for fiscal year 2022 (FY 22) for the Rural eConnectivity Program (the ReConnect Program).

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