Kildee Announces Help for Local Schools, Libraries to Close Digital Divide

Press Release

Date: Oct. 3, 2021
Location: Washington, DC

FLINT--Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced that mid-Michigan schools and libraries can apply for additional funding from the American Rescue Plan to increase broadband services now through October 13.

"Reliable and affordable internet is essential for learning," said Congressman Kildee. "I strongly encourage Michigan schools and libraries to take advantage of this program to provide our students with the tools they need to succeed in school and provide community members the internet access they need to be able to engage in our economy."

Michigan already applied for over $100 million from the Emergency Connectivity Fund during this summer's first application filing period. The 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 Michigan to request additional funds now through October 13.

During the first round of funding, Michigan's Fifth District received nearly $4 million for the following schools, school districts and library systems:

Essexville-Hampton School District: $409,300.00
Flint City School District: $2,043,090.00
Genesee School District: $41,280.00
Goodrich Area School District: $50,291.80
Grand Blanc Academy: $15,048.00
Grand Blanc Community Schools: $393,917.00
International Academy of Flint (K-12): $85,600.00
Millington Comm School District: $132,907.50
Pinconning Area School District: $99,200.00
Public Libraries of Saginaw: $39,900.00
Reese Public School District: $9,600.00
Tawas Area School District: $113,600.00
The New Standard: $113,600.00
Vassar Public School District: $148,800.00
Westwood Heights School District: $193,200.00
Funding for the Emergency Connectivity Fund was made possible by the American Rescue Plan, which Congressman Kildee supported and helped pass earlier this year.