The Coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of students to learn remotely this school year, requiring them to rely on their ability to connect to the Internet for education. This is a challenge to countless students who don’t have Internet access or their Internet access does not support videoconferencing.
In fact, in a recent survey, we found that the quality of virtual learning is a concern for 66% of parents surveyed and is contributing to increased anxiety about this school year.
T-Mobile is stepping in to help. The company is launching Project 10Million, a project with the goal of suppling Internet connection to millions of underserved student households for free. The program will partner with school districts across the county to supply wireless hotspots, high-speed data and access to laptops and tablets – at no cost.
According to their website, even before the pandemic, more than 9 million school-age children did not have reliable Internet to complete at-home assignments.
“Education is the great leveler, but without Internet access, kids will be left behind,” said T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert in a press release.
“This issue is even more critical as the COVID-19 pandemic has completely shifted learning for many from the classroom to online. Big issues need big solutions, and that’s exactly why we’re not just launching but significantly enhancing Project 10Million and giving flexibility to educators so they can best address the unique needs of their students with plans that offer more data.”
This will be a $10.7B initiative.
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