Michael Miess, Region President for Sprint (NYSE:S), and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Superintendent Clayton Wilcox have announced that more than 4,000 CMS 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 North Carolina, the company said.
In addition to CMS, the program will include eight public school districts across the state.
Through Sprint´s 1Million Project, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, participating high 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.
North Carolina will be one of 32 states for the nationwide rollout beginning this fall which includes, 118 school districts, over 1,300 districts and 180,000 students. In total, Sprint will distribute more than 10,000 devices to school districts across North Carolina, including:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools — 4,000 lines/students
Guilford County Public Schools — 2,500 lines/students
Winston-Salem Forsyth County Public Schools — 1,400 lines/students
Cumberland County Public Schools — 1,180 lines/students
Buncombe County Public Schools — 700 lines/students
Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools — 638 lines/students
Rockingham County Public Schools — 323 lines/students
Pitt County Public School — 306 lines/students
Sprint (NYSE: S) 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.