Long Branch schools get $ to provide home internet for students


LONG BRANCH, NJ — The Long Branch School District will receive $498,720 from the latest round of funding from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program, Congressman Frank Pallone announced. , Jr. (D-NJ6).

This announcement includes the first round of new funding commitments for the upcoming academic year. To date, schools and libraries in New Jersey’s 6th congressional district have received more than $12.6 million, and New Jersey has received more than $130 million in total from the fund.

The objective of this funding is to provide high-speed broadband Internet access to all children who need it.

Around 16 million children nationwide lack home internet access, hampering their ability to learn and do homework. Funding can be used to purchase modems, devices like laptops and tablets, broadband service and more.

“I am pleased that critical funds for our schools and libraries are coming to New Jersey to help every student and teacher stay connected to the classroom during the coming school year. urgency with my colleagues, we have focused the program on helping to get broadband service and devices into the hands of students who need them,” Pallone said. “This funding will help students with homework, conduct research and do home projects long after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.”

The ECF provides funds to help students connect to the Internet from home. The $7.17 billion ECF program was spearheaded by Pallone’s Energy and Commerce Committee and authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.


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