2,500 Students to get Free Wireless Internet Access at Home

2,500 Students to get Free Wireless Internet Access at Home
Posted on 09/28/2018
2,500 Students to get Free Wireless Internet Access at Home

2,500 high school students and their families are going to be able to connect to the internet at home for the first time through free wireless hotspots. The School District of Lee County is one of just 122 districts nationwide selected to participate in The 1 Million Project.

“This is a great opportunity for these students to be able to access the internet at home to complete their school work and other class projects,” says Graduation Coordinator Shellie Taylor. “We hope it will lead to more involvement, better grades and higher graduation rates.”

The 1 Million Project is a multiyear initiative by Sprint to offer free mobile devices and free high-speed wireless internet connectivity to 1 million low-income, U.S. high school students lacking a reliable source of internet access at home. It is meant to help eliminate the “Homework Gap” that puts low-income students at a major disadvantage because they don’t have ready access to the internet needed for completing homework, communicating with teachers, or applying for jobs, scholarships or college.

The 2,500 students chosen for the internet hotspots will get 3 gigs of high-speed data every month and continued free access after that at slower speeds. The devices are being distributed at all 14 high schools and the Lee Adolescent Mothers Program (LAMP). Once a student graduates they return the device to the school so it can be used by another student.

“Today’s students need equitable access to essential digital tools and connectivity to succeed in high school,” said Doug Michelman, president of the 1Million Project Foundation. “Those students who are disconnected when they leave school every afternoon should not be at a disadvantage just because their families cannot provide them connectivity at home. With the support of Sprint, a national wireless company, we are in a powerful position to do something about this problem by arming eligible students with the critical tools they need to succeed and to believe that they can succeed.”