Brian Hedlund, Region President for Sprint (NYSE:S), and Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises have announced that 3,700 Baltimore City high school students will receive free mobile devices and high-speed wireless Internet service from Sprint and the Sprint Foundation to help close the “Homework Gap” in Maryland, the companies said.
In addition to Baltimore City, the program will include four public school districts across the state.
Through Sprint´s 1Million Project, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, participating high school students will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, or hotspot device and 3GB of high-speed LTE data per month for up to four years while they are in high school. Unlimited data is available at 2G speeds if usage exceeds 3GB in a month. Those who receive a smartphone can use it as a hotspot.
Maryland will be one of 32 states for the nationwide rollout beginning this fall which includes, 118 school districts, over 1,300 high schools and 180,000 students.
Sprint is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 53.7 million connections as of June 30, 2017 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone.