T-Mobile’s Initiative To Helps Students Pursue Their Academics
T-mobile assures to spend $10.7 billion to helps the student to carry forward their academic sessions during the pandemic. The company will provide free hotspots that either has a limited amount of data or more data bandwidth under a discounted price exclusively for the student pursuing their education. Almost schools from various parts of the US have started getting their student through the digital medium, which requires the internet to share information. To make the functioning easier, T-mobile has come up with many new initiatives to provide data for every student in the country.
The Company is one of the leading mobile data providers in the US. A year ago, the company announced that Project 10Million would help in providing free hotspots and data connectivity for the millions of students across the country. Sprint Corporation and T-Mobile have recently announced that they’ll be carrying forward various projects under their huge investments to help the new discoveries and innovations in the forthcoming years. These two companies have allocated $10.7 billion from their annual revenue, which they fetch from the telecommunication industry which covers the time period of 10 years. This initiative was pledged in the year 2019 and the background operations for preparing the programs have been started which is expected to be implemented sooner than it was announced.
Matt Staneff, T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer said during one of the interviews that their mission will continue till they bridge the gap between the student who can’t afford to spend their money in getting internet devices to continue their education. He has added that the company will ensure that they are connected through the device without any faults. In the first phase of the program, the company has decided to choose the students from the underprivileged category. To qualify for Project 10Million, the student must have been included in the national free- and reduced-price lunch program which has members from low-income families. The process involves the school district to apply based on the needs of the student. It’s ensured that not any personal information about the student will be shared with the data provider which ensured the privacy of the individual data from being misused. The only information is that the company is looking forward to is to share ZIPcode with the company, so that they can ensure the connectivity of the students.
Distributing rights will be handled by the school management and they can get support from the customer care center which is available throughout the day for setting up these devices. Once the device gets approved by the T-mobile, the student can enjoy their free data within a few hours. Initially, every student who comes under the program will get a free hotspot along with that they’ll get 100GB free data bandwidth which is spread across the academic year. If a student feels to have more data bandwidth, they can apply for grant money where they can get $500 for a year per student. Schools who wish to provide free hotspot devices for all the students can apply, where they need to pay $12 a month for 100GB of data bandwidth, or else they can choose to enjoy unlimited data for $15.
As the pandemic continues, many schools are struggling to pull their student back into their academics. Few schools have made their plans to have in-person sessions. For a large number of student in major cities like California which holds 6.2 million students are progressing through remote learning. Applications like Zoom is used for teaching students through video learning and Google classrooms for carrying out after school sessions like homework. Other than these applications there are still many applications that are used as an interface between students and teachers which on a general requires the internet.