Potential Funding and Channels for Emergency Broadband Deployments

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Potential Funding and Channels for Emergency Broadband deployments:

Note, potential resources and requirements are in flux. Applicability of programs depend upon specifics of the project.

Federal Coronavirus Economic Response


  • Possible regulatory waivers and collaboration with telecommunication providers
    • E-Rate Gift rule
    • Schools and Libraries outside venue access
  • Current limitation by law:
    • Statutory language needed to allow e-rate funded schools and libraries broadband to be extended to (unserved) homes and for use as backhaul connection
  • CARES Telehealth Funding: $200 Million for broadband connectivity and devices


  • FEMA (Existing Disaster Response Structure)

USDA: Rural Development

  • Community Facility Program (Has funded a COW)
  • CARES Additional Funding for Broadband Programs related to COVID-19
    • ReConnect: $100 million
    • Distance Learning Telemedicine (DLT) Program: $25 Million


  • CARES $1.5 Billion Grants



  • $30.75 billion under CARES and hardware, software, connectivity are eligible expenses

IMLS: Institute of Museum and Library Services:

  • $50 million for immediate support to communities for digital inclusion and capacity building.

California - State Coronavirus Emergency Response for Distance Learning Broadband Communications

California Department of Technology – Leads team

  • California Broadband Council
  • CETF
  • CPUC
  • Broadband Consortiums
  • California Department of Education – link to public schools
  • Office of Emergency Services (OES)

Private Sector / NGO / Universities

Telecommunications Providers

Technology Companies

  • Google [source]
    • Donates 4000 Chromebooks
    • 100,000 Wi-Fi access points for rural households
    • 3 months free internet
  • Joint Venture Silicon Valley
  • Chico State Geographical Information Center (GIC)
  • University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR)
  • Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC)