Jim Mills, Region President for Sprint (NYSE: S), Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has announced that 7,600 CPS high school students will receive free mobile devices from the Sprint Foundation and high-speed wireless Internet service from Sprint to help close the “Homework Gap” in Chicago, the company.
Through Sprint´s 1Million Project, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, CPS 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 the participating 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.
In total, Sprint will distribute 8,419 devices to Chicagoland schools.
CPS, DuPage High School, Township High School and Youth Connection Charter School will join 30 states, 118 school districts, over 1,300 schools and 180,000 students for the nationwide rollout beginning this fall. During the next five years, 1 million high school students will join the program and receive wireless devices and service for up to four years in a participating high school.
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. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years.