About the Program
New Mexico’s public and charter school districts are essential to the success of the NM Student Connect program. By partnering with the schools, NM Student Connect can work to reach the students and teachers that need connectivity and devices by leveraging the insight and knowledge of those who know New Mexico students and their households the best—their schools.
Representatives from the NM Student Connect Help Desk are reaching out to superintendents state-wide to learn about the needs of each district’s and charter’s students as well as to provide details on how schools can support their students’ access to broadband internet via the FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) and/or the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program, previously known as the “Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program.” An ECF Guidebook has also been developed to provide an in-depth overview of this program.
Across the country, many students that are able to connect to the internet at school are unable to get online when they return home. This “Homework Gap” means that learning stops when students leave campus. The Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) is a $7.17 billion program that will help schools close the Homework Gap by providing funding for devices and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students and school staff in need.
More details on the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program, previously known as the “Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program” can be found in the For Families section of this website.
NM Student Connect has developed a Toolkit of materials you can use to share information about the EBB program with students and their families. In the Toolkit, you will find links to videos, flyers, templates, and ideas that you can use to share details about how households can sign up for the Affordable Connectivity Program.
Distribute HotSpot Speed test to Families and Students
NM Student Connect has developed a Hotspot Speed Test students and families can use to share out how well the school-provided hotspots are working. Information that you provide will help us identify areas with unstable connectivity so we can create additional solutions to ensure students and families gain access to the internet they deserve.
APPLY NOW: FCC’S Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF)
The Federal Government recently announced that there will now be a second opportunity for school districts to apply for assistance through the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) for costs related to connecting students and staff to broadband for incurred for the current (2021-22) school year. This means that if you missed the application window for the last round of funding or have determined that you continue to have unmet needs for student connectivity at home, you now have another chance to apply for assistance.
The next application window opens on September 28th and if you intend to apply, it is important that you begin preparing your application materials early to insure that the application process proceeds smoothly. Your applications must be submitted by October 13th at 11:59pm Eastern Time.
If you’re interested in pursuing another ECF application, we strongly encourage you to begin preparations now. Our ECF team are ready to help you develop your application materials so please let us know if you’ll require our assistance by October 1st so that we’ll have ample time to file before the deadline.
Call the NM Student Connect Help Desk (toll-free) at
1-888-723-4505 and let us help you navigate that process.