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Nearly $900,000 Secured to Bolster Internet Infrastructure for Mendocino County K-12 Students

The following is a press release issued by the Office of United States Congressman Jared Huffman:

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One year after the American Rescue Plan became law, Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) announced today that California’s Second Congressional District has received $7,984,957.03 to date from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Emergency Connectivity Fund Program (ECF). The ECF program was created as part of the American Rescue Plan and helps schools and libraries ensure that students can connect to the internet at home, better allowing them to take advantage of online learning resources and accomplish their academic goals. Known as the “homework gap,” students who lack access to the internet at home often fall behind their peers as curriculums and educational opportunities rely more and more on the ability to conduct online research and connect to the web.

“Families in my district are no strangers to the hurdles caused by the deep digital divide that has been brought to the national spotlight by COVID-19. The world has moved online, and kids without access to the internet and the opportunities that provides are often left to fall behind,” said Rep. Huffman. “These funds from the American Rescue Plan will go a long way in helping children in my congressional district get the tools they need to succeed in school. I’m glad to have supported this program and will keep working to close the homework gap. Every student deserves the resources they need to succeed – regardless of their zip code or circumstance.” 

According to the FCC, the $7.17 billion program has provided California with over $660 million in total funding to date. The ECF Program will help cover costs of laptop and tablet computers, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons.

The schools and libraries in Rep. Huffman’s district that have received funding from the FCC program include:

  • $99,599.74 for the Anderson Valley Unified School District
  • $124,769.79 for the Arcata Consortium
  • $4,524.00 Belvedere-Tiburon Library
  • $58,988.16 for the Bolinas-Stinson Unified Elementary School District
  • $64,608.84 for the Cloverdale Unified School District
  • $805,606.88 for the Eureka City School District
  • $30,056.17 for the Forestville Union Elementary District
  • $665,356.90 for the Fort Bragg Unified School District
  • $25,415.41 for the Greenacre Homes & School
  • $94,379.19 for the Guerneville Elementary School District
  • $2,400.00 for the Harmony Union Elementary School District
  • $54,758.74 for the Healdsburg Unified School District
  • $308,024.64 for the Klamath-Trinity Jt Unified School District
  • $38,055.08 for the Lagunitas Elementary School District
  • $56,000.00 for the Laytonville Unified School District
  • $13,555.20 for the Leggett Valley Unified School District
  • $548,350.00 for the Marin County Free Library
  • $30,882.00 for the Mendocino County Library
  • $37,523.11 for the Mendocino Unified School District
  • $274,970.20 for the Miller Creek Elementary School District
  • $226,117.00 for the Northern Humboldt Union H School District
  • $544,710.00 for the Old Adobe Union Elementary School District
  • $101,511.00 for the Petaluma City School District
  • $21,440.00 for the Redwood Coast Montessori
  • $312,503.70 for the Reed Union Elementary School District
  • $614,610.63 for the San Rafael City School District
  • $65,189.40 for the Sausalito Marin City School District
  • $12,527.02 for the Scotia Union Elementary School District
  • $600.00 for the Sebastopol Independent Charter School
  • $5,260.10 for the Sebastopol Union Elementary School District
  • $186,078.00 for the Shoreline Unified School District
  • $81,299.41 for the South Bay Unified Elementary School District
  • $124,582.48 for the Trinity Alps Unified School District
  • $289,677.00 for the Twin Hills Union Elementary School District
  • $176,713.87 for the West Sonoma Co Unified H School District
  • $9,600.00 for the Willits Charter School
  • $2,616.83 for the Willits Elementary Charter School
  • $29,993.06 for the Willits Unified School District
  • $1,842,103.48 for the Windsor Unified School District
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