Stimulus funds support broadband access for remote work, education and other needs

Eric_Law_Ektron Eric Law May 6, 2021

School-WLAN-hero-image-1024x538Demand for high-speed, reliable internet connectivity is never-ending as work from home, digital learning, telehealth and other needs expand exponentially. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how critical it is to be connected, no matter where you are.

The U.S. government has responded to this historic public health crisis by passing stimulus legislation aimed at improving broadband access for schools, health care and other agencies and organizations. Federal funds offer a little more than $1 trillion to help expand broadband access and infrastructure in the U.S. Here’s the breakdown:

  • More than $315 billion in opportunity for information technology (IT) spending from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act
  • More than $142 billion in opportunity from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act
  • Nearly $566 billion is attainable under the American Rescue Plan Act

Public School Funding

As an example of what’s possible, a school district might qualify for public school funding help to upgrade and expand high-speed internet access to students and support remote learning. Meanwhile, local governments could receive funding for telecommunications infrastructure projects that provide connectivity in rural and underserved areas. It’s all part of an effort to bring Americans fast and reliable broadband access.

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Connect with professional resources

With the large amount of money targeted toward broadband, communities, businesses and organizations need to plan carefully. Navigating federal coronavirus aid can be a confusing process, especially when figuring out how to find and use government money for IT networks and infrastructure.

To help customers and partners take advantage of these opportunities, CommScope has created the RUCKUS Funding Support Program. It offers free consultative support to ensure businesses and communities secure the public funding they need to meet new connectivity demands now and to prepare for a post-pandemic world.

The RUCKUS Funding Support Program will help:

  • State and local governments
  • K-12 schools and districts
  • Colleges and universities
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Transportation, law enforcement and public safety entities

CommScope’s program provides step-by-step guidance to help applicants understand the opportunities, envision the future, apply for and secure public funding and complete projects successfully. This free resource helps participants meet the steep connectivity demands that are already outpacing available technology.

CommScope’s PartnerPRO Network, a global alliance of trained, certified network designers, distributors, installers and integrators, helps communities, businesses and organizations ensure smooth deployments. Backed by the global experience of CommScope, the PartnerPRO Network provides the right technology at the right time – and with the right people – to drive successful projects. Learn more about this expertise here

About the Author


Eric Law

Eric Law, vice president of Networking Enterprise, leads sales across the Americas for CommScope. Eric is responsible for helping partners and customers design, build and manage their wired and wireless networks.  The industry veteran is responsible for mobilizing his teams to help customers solve their connectivity challenges in large buildings, venues, outdoor spaces and data centers.

Eric is passionate about providing solutions which help small, medium and large businesses embrace digital processes and prepare for a smarter future.  With more than 22 years of regional experience across key industries like retail, healthcare, higher education and hospitality, Eric brings a wealth of networking knowledge to his clients.  

Prior to his current role, Eric led sales teams across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Cisco, in the Enterprise and Public sector segments including a specialized team in Cyber-Security.  He followed that with a four-year stint leading worldwide sales for a software as a service (SaaS) startup where he primarily engaged business decision makers with a cloud-based analytics and customer engagement solution.

Eric holds a degree in Economics Magna cum Laude from University of Colorado, Boulder.