Kansas City Public Schools are taking part in a national pilot of Sprint’s 1 Million Project to help connect students who lack internet service at home.
Sprint named five school districts around the country, five additional high schools, and an Illinois nonprofit organization that are taking part in the pilot.
Eligible students at each will receive a free smartphone, tablet or hotspot device and wireless data service at LTE data speeds as part of the program. The free service provides 3 gigabytes of high-speed data each month and additional data at lower 2G speeds beyond that.
The goal of the project is to close the “homework gap” experienced by 5 million students nationwide who lack Internet access at home.
A nationwide rollout of the 1 Million Project is set to begin with the 2017-18 school year. The program hopes to connect 500,000 students a year for five years.
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