Thursday, 17 March 2022 15:09

Push For Broadband Funding in American Rescue Plan Provides Students with Internet Service

SARATOGA — Congressman Paul D. Tonko this week announced that Capital Region schools and libraries are being delivered $8,907,780 in funding from the American Rescue Plan’s Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF). The program, established under the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), helps students connect to the internet at home by providing broadband access, laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, and other equipment necessary to get their homework done.

“With educational tools, homework, and opportunities increasingly online, students without reliable home internet access are often left without the tools to succeed,” Congressman Tonko, who represents the 20th Congressional District, said in a statement. “This truth was made poignantly clear by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why I fought hard to secure funding in our American Rescue Plan to expand broadband access to our unserved and underserved communities.” 

The funding delivered to the region is included as part of the historic $7.1 billion being administered across the nation to schools and libraries to improve access to resources and education.

Saratoga Springs Public Library is among 35 different entities in the district slated to receive funds. The Saratoga Springs library is set to receive just under $1,900. Other area locations include the Scotia-Glenville Central School District (just over $299,000), and the Shenendehowa Central School District ($342,000). 

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