T-mobile has announced its plans to give out free internet to 10 million students at home. And to also end what then-CEO, John Legend called “the homework page”. Stating it as one of the major reasons why T-Mobile should be enabled to link up with Sprint.
The company has now announced that it has given out $10.7 billion for that “Project 10Million” program. Over the next decade. With the aim of making it accessible to K-12 students who take part in the national school lunch program for low-income families.
T-Mobile made a statement in a news release
T-Mobile mentioned something in a news release, indicating that existing space can make a lot of kids lag behind in school. The company said:
“Even before the pandemic, more than 9 million of America’s 56 million school-age kids did not have access to reliable internet. And they could not complete after school assignments”.
With a lot of students learning partly or in a very small way due to the rampant spread of the coronavirus. Home internet might even become very much essential than it was in the previous year.
Administrators of Schools can take part in the program. Just by supplying ZIP codes for their students in the school lunch program. Parents are not left out, they can as well volunteer their schools.
The schools can then share the hotspots and devices, with T-Mobile giving assistance for setup and technical support. Households can as well be given a free hotspot and 100GB of data over one year. Or they can choose to pay $12 every month for 100GB of data each month.
The data limits may not meet the needs of students
Those data restricted may not meet all the needs of students making use of YouTube, Zoom. And lots of other video-streaming platforms for their online classes and entertainment too.
Additionally, T-Mobile is still restricting those video streams to a low resolution of 480p. Also, there will be a restricted number of available hotspots, with T-Mobile administering more every year.
Fine print’s Comment
In addition to that, the fine print mentioned that the free plan will come to an end after 100GB or 365 days. Whatsoever comes first, implying that students’ internet may be immediately shut off. (That is unlike a classic “unlimited” cellular plan, where you have a little low level of access to the internet despite the fact that you have hit a data cap.
Whichever way, I can say that this is still much preferable than just having your kids to stay or sit outside fast-food restaurants. Just to gain access to Wi-Fi hotspots so that they can do their assignment.