In November last year, T-Mobile announced that it would launch Project 10Million, a program that would provide free internet to low-income earners if its merger with Spring was successful. T-Mobile has now revealed more information about the program, and school administrators can apply for the program.
Project 10Million is a $ 10 billion five-year commitment to ensure students around the country can connect to the Internet at home. It provides eligible households (with K-12 students enrolled in the national school lunch program) 100 GB of data per year and a free hotspot for five years. Some school districts will be able to apply for up to $ 500 per year per student to additional computer facilities for additional student coverage. Interested districts can fill out an inquiry form and a T-Mobile training representative will contact them. Parents can also reach out to the school by filling out a request as well.
In its press release for the project last year, T-Mobile stated that approximately 15% of American households with children do not have a home Internet and that most teachers assign online homework. The company calls this the “homework gap” and hopes that Project 10Million will alleviate this. Now with more extensive online learning taking place across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project is even more important.
However, the program has some fine print and says that the free plan will end after 365 days or when 100 GB has been reached, whichever comes first. It is also stated that speeds will be reduced during congestion and that in most cases the video will stream at 480p at up to 1.5 Mbps. It also makes a brief note that this is a limited time offer, with limited available lines, and that coverage is not available in some areas