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14 August 2017

Sprint Giving Free Cell Phones and Tablets to 7,100 Georgia High School Students

7,100 high school students attending Atlanta Public Schools, DeKalb County Schools and Richmond County Schools will receive free mobile devices and high-speed wireless internet service from Sprint and the Sprint Foundation to help close the “Homework Gap” in the state.

Through Sprint’s 1Million Project, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, participating high school 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 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.

“We are excited to be able to support our students here in Georgia with the rollout of this program,” said Brian Miller, Sprint’s President for the Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama region. “High school is a critical time for students’ future success. It’s our hope that the 1Million Project provides them with the tools they need for academic success.”

Georgia will be one of 32 states for the nationwide rollout beginning this fall which includes, 118 school districts, over 1,300 districts and 180,000 students.

In the DeKalb County School District (DCSD), the wi-fi devices will support the district’s Digital Dreamers project, an effort to provide middle and high school students with a laptop that can be used off-campus in their studies. Sprint’s wi-fi connection will provide the gateway for the student’s devices to connect to the internet and the district’s online learning resources.

“Education today is digital and it’s key to college and career readiness,” said DeKalb County School District Superintendent Dr. Stephen Green. “We want our students in DeKalb County who need Internet access to have it beyond the classroom. Thankfully, these students will now have the tools they need for success.”