In October 2016, Sprint announced the largest corporate initiative in U.S. history to bridge the digital divide, called the 1Million Project. Over the next five years, one million students will receive a free wireless device and service for their four years of high school. In December 2016, 11 cities were selected by Sprint to pilot the new program, and San Diego Unified School District (SDSU) was selected as one of those sites!
The 1Million Project was launched because too many students, even here in San Diego County, lack internet access in the home. As our school districts move increasingly to putting devices into every student’s hand, many students go home to families that lack access to the internet. This has negative consequences on their learning outcomes, especially around the completion of homework. By selecting SDUSD, Sprint is working to close the homework gap in our County.
CFF believes that every San Diego student deserves to be fully connected, and should have access to adequate broadband in their home, classroom, and community. CFF recognizes that greater connectivity for our students will better prepare them to be our future workforce. For this reason, we commend Sprint’s efforts to bridge the digital divide.
In January 2017, SDUSD began the pilot program and provided hundreds of devices to students. A launch event was held at Crawford High School on Thursday, February 2nd to kick off this exciting initiative. Through participation in the 1Million Project, students receive:
- 3 GB per month of free high-speed LTE data while on the Sprint network
- A free smartphone, tablet, laptop, or hotspot device
- Free hotspot capability and unlimited domestic calls/text
- Free Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliant content filter with every device
If you represent a San Diego County school district and you would like to know more about the 1Million Project or be considered as a future 1Million Project site, please contact: Brian Elswick, Public Sector Account Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org