The White House
wants to see more people connected to the Internet
, and to that effect President Obama
put forth the ConnectED initiative
to bring broadband to more teachers, students, and schools last year. Sprint is plugging into the effort by pledging to connect up to 50,000 kids by providing Internet access outside of the classroom.
“Helping to close the digital divide is an issue of great importance to Sprint, and we believe schools and students will benefit from using our new wireless network for mobile learning opportunities beyond the classroom,” wrote
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse.
Schools can apply to Sprint’s ConnectED application and information portal to receive up to four years of the carrier’s Sprint Spark high-speed wireless broadband. “Participating schools will be determined based on a comprehensive process that will assess, among other factors, applicants’ current 1:1 digital learning program and off-campus strategy, and the availability of Sprint Spark service in their surrounding market,” reads a Sprint press release.
Students will then have access away from school. Each line will have a solid 3GB of wireless data as well as access to digital instructional tools, course tools, and other resources.