There are the typical platitudes about the internet changing how an entire planet communicates with each other and delivers information at the snap of your fingers. But the Pew Research Center last year found that the internet gap still exists in a big way, especially with some minority groups, people who live in rural areas, low-income households and those without advanced education.
An estimated 13 percent of Americans only have their smartphones as means of on-demand access to the internet. To Sprint, that’s 5 million families left behind at school and work.
And so, the carrier has teamed up with several non-profit groups like My Brother’s Keeper to fan out over the next five years and distribute at least 1 million smartphones, tablets, laptops or hotspot devices to local schools, libraries, public housing tenements and community centers specifically to high school students living in low-income households.
Free devices will also be paired with free service while they’re in high school. They get 3GB of LTE data per month and unlimited 2G data afterwards that can be used for hotspot or tethering purposes. Talk and text is free, too.
The hope is that this so-called “The 1Million Project” will get people up to speed with web-based homework assignments that more and more teachers are assigning each day.