Sprint is more than doubling its offer of free home internet for students in the Kansas City area who are otherwise disconnected.
The Overland Park, Kansas-based wireless provider currently offers free mobile devices and internet access to students in four area school districts, but it’s expanding the program to 17 districts.
That’s expected to increase eligibility for the program to as many as 8,000 students, up from the current 3,400.
Sprint started the program, called the 1 Million Project Foundation, in 2016, initially working with Kansas City Public Schools.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James said the program can help students without an internet connection in their home keep pace in a world and educational environment that increasingly demands connectivity.
Read more: Kansas City Star