T-Mobile is finally ready to take a step forward and give 10 million homes free access to the internet! The official announcement is here! The only question is, which 10 million homes will get it?
T-Mobile’s very own CEO John Legere promised sometime last year that they will be giving out 10 million homes in the United States free internet connection in order to help eliminate the whole “homework gap”, provided its actual merger with the company Sprint came through.
Now that the merger finally happened, the whole combined company has actually opened up its doors to applicants for its “Project 10Million” plan. They are also finally revealing how it is supposed to work.
T-mobiles budget for the whole free internet
T-Mobile said their allocated budget is about $10.7 billion over the next 10-years of the program making it much more available to all of the students who are currently part of the whole national school lunch program that is available to low-income families.
Certain school districts can definitely apply to get a grant by needing to share only the ZIP codes in order to make it possible for T-Mobile service chipping to help with the setup and also the tech support.
The company has also stated that once a certain application is approved (which might just take a few couple of hours), the school can proceed to give the students a free hotspot along with a 100 GB data coverage for a whole year or about 8 GB of data every single month.
The possibilities that this brings
Although the amount of data being given out for free might still not be enough for Zoom calls, school districts are actually given an option of taking the grant money of up to $500/student per year and use it to apply for the discounted T-Mobile plan that actually offers up to 100 GB of monthly data for just $12 a month, or they can opt for the unlimited data option for only $15 a month.
T-Mobile is also prepared to give out tablets or even laptops at cost. Although not every school district is said to be conducting class online, 13 of the nation’s own largest school districts actually plan to open the current school year with just the online learning, according to a report by CNN.
The T-Mobiles efforts might still not be able to help every child but this is still going to help an estimate of about 16.9 million kids that won’t be having any connectivity that is required for them to take their online classes.
T-Mobile’s very own CEO Mike Katz gave a statement to CNET noting that now it’s quite literal that if you do not have any connection, you won’t be able to go to school. For school administrators or maybe even parents/guardians that are hoping to avail of this grant, you’ll have to head over to the T-Mobile website and navigate your way into the Project 10Million section.
You’ll be able to avail this plan for your iPhone or Android.