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PSA Sprint to provide Students with Internet, phone, tablet, laptop or hotspot for up to 3GB by January 2017

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Sprint plans to work with nonprofits EveryoneOn and My Brother's Keeper to hand out a free phone, tablet, laptop or hotspot, as well as 3GB of LTE data each month. After pilots in a handful of markets, Sprint aims to roll out the program nationwide by the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

https://www.cnet.com/news/sprint-...e-devices/

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The internet has created amazing opportunities for education. Sadly, it's also created a gap between families that can afford home internet access and 5 million families with school-aged children that can't.

1 For those living paycheck to paycheck, food, shelter and utilities understandably take a higher priority over internet access.
But since 70 percent of teachers are now assigning internet-based homework,

2 connectivity isn't a luxury - it's an absolute necessity for students. Nearly half of 14- to 18-year-olds report using a library computer primarily for homework.

3 Students lacking home internet access are cut off from a future of possibilities.

http://goodworks.sprint.com/1mill...ionproject
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According to Claure, Sprint will try to be "flexible" regarding which devices eligible high school students can choose. The Sprint CEO further adds that various manufacturers are already on board with this initiative, committing to providing the devices for free.

High school students who receive a free device as part of the 1Million Project will also get a free 3 GB LTE data plan, with an additional 2 GB of lower 2G speeds once the data cap is reached. Sprint plans to pilot the program in January 2017 and ensure that disadvantaged students have internet access for up to four years of high school.
"Education is the foundation for our society to prosper, and the internet is an incredibly powerful tool for learning. But it's a huge problem in America that we have 5 million households with children that lack internet connections. Those kids have a huge disadvantage and we are failing them. All of us at Sprint are committed to changing this by providing 1 million students in need with free devices and free wireless connections." http://newsroom.sprint.com/news-r...udents.htm
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for 1 million low-income high school students.
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for 1 million low-income high school students.
someone's gatta get those fools on facebook and waste time instead of worrying about school..shake head
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Gotta get on that Snapchat game to keep up with school
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for 1 million low-income high school students.
Yes ^^^

Also - per engadget:
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Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure (who is also a founding member of the One Laptop Per Child project) says he hopes to get the equipment out to students within five years.
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Obama Phone.
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obviously low income, but it's also similar to lifeline program except for internet to level the field. Reagan started Lifeline so don't drag politics into this.
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I'm not sure about the smartphone but providing a laptop and internet hopefully will help many students. The school system in my town started a program similar to this a few years ago.
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it's just a start, Google needs to get in on this with Chromebooks for edu.
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My Dad always told me that if I wanted something bad enough, I would have to work hard and earn it. No one was going to hand me anything for free.

Does anyone ever tell their kids that anymore?
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My Dad always told me that if I wanted something bad enough, I would have to work hard and earn it. No one was going to hand me anything for free.

Does anyone ever tell their kids that anymore?
Did it ever occur to you that Internet isn't even accessible for a large population. You are making this too personal, I'm hoping people keep an open mind. Much to be determined, how will they monitor content or filter things, I imagine there will be some of that. Also we don't know who qualifies as low income here. A lot of us got our education with a little help from grants.
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Did it ever occur to you that Internet isn't even accessible for a large population. You are making this too personal, I'm hoping people keep an open mind. Much to be determined, how will they monitor content or filter things, I imagine there will be some of that. Also we don't know who qualifies as low income here. A lot of us got our education with a little help from grants.

Thank you for some wise words. I know plenty of people in my area that would be very grateful to have access to this program. People will abuse any sort of free program, however, so many students truly need help.
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Not trying to be too political here, but if they can afford their satellite or cable TV, the big screen TV's, the SUV's parked in the parking lot of their govt housing projects or apartments, the tattoos, their beer and cigarettes, out to eat multiple times per week, etc. etc., it seems to me they can afford their smartphones. At the very least, they can afford a Ringplus $25 or $30 topup fee....
im on cricket 5 lines for 100 bucks which is more than enough for me...and im what you call better off. lol
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One thing is for sure: Those 3GB won't be used for education, it's all about retarded videos and social media these days. Being relevant/popular in school > high grades.
laugh out loudlaugh out loud
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Jordans
well you gatta have some nice kicks because that's what gets you into college. oh wait nvm
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Also watching basketball and football games.....
i wouldn't be surprised. nfl and nba ratings are dropping.
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Did it ever occur to you that Internet isn't even accessible for a large population. You are making this too personal, I'm hoping people keep an open mind. Much to be determined, how will they monitor content or filter things, I imagine there will be some of that. Also we don't know who qualifies as low income here. A lot of us got our education with a little help from grants.
I'm actually trying real hard to keep this low key and not too political. But, since you mention it...

Most public libraries have Internet available for free along with workstations.

Content monitoring and filtering will almost certainly be challenged by the aclu as being "censorship"....

Qualifications will probably be the same as obamaphones where many people have at least one, and many have more than one since the program has been badly abused.

A lot of us paid in full for our education, including our childrens' education from K-12 on up.

We now have a society where much is handed to ungrateful persons who believe that they are owed a living and a comfortable way of life with all of the "necessities" without them having to work for it or earn it, and that it should be provided at the govt (taxpayer) expense.

This is not good for America.
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I'm actually trying real hard to keep this low key and not too political. But, since you mention it...

Most public libraries have Internet available for free along with workstations.

Content monitoring and filtering will almost certainly be challenged by the aclu as being "censorship"....

Qualifications will probably be the same as obamaphones where many people have at least one, and many have more than one since the program has been badly abused.

A lot of us paid in full for our education, including our childrens' education from K-12 on up.

We now have a society where much is handed to ungrateful persons who believe that they are owed a living and a comfortable way of life with all of the "necessities" without them having to work for it or earn it, and that it should be provided at the govt (taxpayer) expense.

This is not good for America.
i agree. repped
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