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Rep. Kelly Announces Help for Local Schools, Libraries to Boost Broadband

October 8, 2021

Subject to Final FCC Approval, Illinois Could Receive up to $197 Million Authorized by the American Rescue Plan

MATTESON, IL – Today, Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (IL-02) announced that public schools and libraries can apply for additional funding from the American Rescue Plan to increase broadband services now through October 13th. Local schools and libraries can learn more about eligibility and apply HERE.

Illinois already applied for $197 million from the Emergency Connectivity Fund during the first application filing period this summer. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expects to grant up to the full request pending a final review of those applications. Now, due to high interest in the program and additional funding still available, the FCC has opened a second application filing window for Illinois to request additional funds now through October 13th.

Funding for the Emergency Connectivity Fund was made possible by the American Rescue Plan Congresswoman Kelly helped pass earlier this year.

“Now more than ever, reliable broadband is essential for learning,” said Rep. Kelly. “I strongly encourage local schools and libraries to take advantage of this program to provide our students with the tools they need for success.”

Click here to learn more about the FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund.