Sprint, specifically by way of its Sprint Foundation, has formally announced the first initiative of its 1Million Project. Officially kicking off August 15th (to coincide with the 2017-2018 school year, as previously promised), the initiative will provide telecommunications equipment and connectivity to 180,000 students in the United States, especially those coming from low income households. The initiative will also cover over 1,300 schools across 30 states in America. The aim here is to grant mobile devices and mobile service, free of charge, to qualified students for up to four years while they are completing their high school education..
Sprint’s program will span half a decade, with the overall objective of helping 1 million high school students by giving them access to the world wide web, especially in finishing their homework. According to the major US wireless carrier, the 1Million Project is its contribution to narrowing the “Homework Gap” between those students from low income households and those whose families can afford to get connected at home.
In its press release, Sprint pointed out that 70 percent of high school teachers in the US assign homework that requires Internet research. But sadly, over 5 million households with high school student members do not have access to the information superhighway. Needless to say, without this connectivity, these students have to deal with the extra challenge.
This is where Sprint’s 1Million Project can help. For the first year of the project, the mobile operator will be joining forces with some of the biggest school districts in the country, such as:
Baltimore City Public Schools in the state of Maryland
Broward County Public Schools in the state of Florida
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in the state of North Carolina
Chicago Public Schools in the state of Illinois
DeKalb County School District (GA) in the state of Georgia
Los Angeles Unified School District in the state of California
Miami-Dade County Public Schools in the state of Florida
New York City Department of Education in the state of New York
Newark Public Schools in the state of New Jersey
Oakland Unified School District in the state of California
Phoenix Union High School District 210 in the state of Arizona
For the full list of participating schools and school districts, you can head to this link.
Every qualifying student under the 1Million Project is set to get a free smartphone, tablet, or hotspot device, as well as 3 gigabytes of high speed LTE data every month for up to four years while they are in high school. Unlimited data will be made available at 2G connection speeds if data usage goes beyond the 3 gigabyte limit in any given month. For those who are getting a smartphone, they have the option of turning the handset into a hotspot device.
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