Sprint gives hotspot devices and internet access to 500 Kansas City students
RingPlus News Service Los Angeles April 17th, 2017: Sprint is providing internet hotspots to about 500 high school students in the Kansas City district, giving them internet connectivity wherever they go. The hotspots are part of Sprint’s 1 Million Project initiative and will provide 3 GB per month of free high-speed LTE data while on the Sprint network, and unlimited data at 2G speeds if usage exceeds 3 GB in a month. Sprint’s 1 Million Project will provide 1 million free devices and wireless service to high school students across the country. Through the program, Sprint is set to provide a free smartphone, tablet or hotspot device with free hotspot capability and unlimited domestic calls/text while for students who receive a smartphone. In a statement on Wednesday, Doug Michelman, senior vice president of corporate communications for Sprint and president of the 1Million Project, said that 70 percent of high school teachers assign homework to be completed online, yet more than 5 million families with kids do not have internet access at home. Principals at the high schools discreetly identified students without internet access at home. Each of those students received a hotspot that they will keep until they graduate. For Kansas City students, having the device is a step toward assisting low-income students who because of a lack of resources might struggle to succeed academically. The 1Million Project will connect one million high school students over five years. Each participating student will receive a free wireless device and free service for up to four years while in high school. Kansas City is one of 10 cities across the country that are the first to benefit from Sprint’s pilot effort. A full national program is set to rollout for the 2017-2018 school year.