Sprint providing thousands of local students with free Internet

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More than 300 West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) seniors on Wednesday received a free wireless Internet hotspot and 3GB of high-speed LTE data per month for up to four years thanks to Sprint’s 1Million Project Initiative.

And starting Monday, an additional 1,800 eligible K-12 students will start receiving the hotspot devices and services through a second grant from ConnectEd and Sprint.

According to WCCUSD, Sprint is giving underserved students access to the Internet as part of the 1Million Project’s aim to connect one million students nationwide to the internet over the next five years.

The program aims to eliminate the “Homework Gap” putting low-income students at a disadvantage because the Internet is often needed to do homework, to communicate with teachers, and to apply for scholarships, college and jobs.

The service will compliment WCCUSD’s 1-to-1 Tablet Initiative providing a tablet to each of the 30,000-plus student by the end of November, according to the district.

“This is free wireless services and a free hotspot device so that students can have access to the internet to help with their homework,” Sprint’s President of Northern California/Nevada Region Suehyun Johan Chung said. “This is a great example of how business and education can work together to close the digital divide.”

To see if your student or family qualifies for a device and service, contact your school principal. Students and families must be enrolled in free and reduced lunch and not have Internet access at home.

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