Sprint Corp. plans to give away 1 million smartphones and other connected devices and free wireless service to help high school students, including some in the Kansas City area, who don’t have internet access at home.
The program, called the 1Million Project, will connect 200,000 students per year over five years. Sprint said students would receive limited LTE data service and unlimited slower service as well as free phone and text service during their four high school years.
In its announcement, Sprint called the effort “the largest corporate initiative to bridge the digital divide and help close the ‘Homework Gap’ for 1 million disadvantaged high school students lacking home internet access.”
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said nationwide, there are 5 million students without internet service at home.
“This is personal to me,” Claure said.
Read more: Kansas City Star