Last year, the international mobile giant T-Mobile promised that it would provide free internet connections to low-income families, and particularly to students.
The pledge was made on the condition that the merger with Sprint was approved, which happened earlier this year. As well as plans to roll out an extensive 5G network, the newly merged company will outline plans to roll out the program, as promised.
The plan, known as “Project 10Million”, is designed to close the so-called “homework gap” between higher and lower income children and young people in the US.
The efforts will target those that need it most, and applications have now been opened to the public. In total, the company has set aside a total of $10.7 billion and those that are part of the national school lunch program will be eligible to apply.
This is exciting news, as it will give more families the chance to access high-quality, reliable internet services – something that has become essential in recent years.
Plus, in light of the current situation, many students are finding they need the internet for their school work and to access home learning sessions and video calls.
In a blog post on its website, T-Mobile said “Project 10Million gives eligible households 100GB of data per year and a FREE mobile hotspot for 5 years. Plus, participating school districts have the option to apply the value of the free program, up to $500/year per student, towards additional data plans based on your students needs.”
“Even before the pandemic, more than 9 million of America’s 56 million school-age kids did not have access to reliable internet and could not complete after-school assignments.”
“Now, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented 50 million students are learning remotely. Those without reliable internet connectivity will face an even bigger schoolwork gap as they are unable to participate in any type of online classroom learning.”