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Students to Receive Free Wireless Hotspots

Reported by on 7/8/19

In August, more than 200 high school students will receive free wireless hotspots through District 204’s partnership with the 1Million Project Foundation. With network support from Sprint, the wireless hotspots provide 10 gigabytes of high-speed data each month for the duration the student is in high school. There is no cost to the district or students for the hotspot or data.

The 1Million Project Foundation’s mission is to help one million high school students who do not have reliable home Internet access achieve their full potential by giving them devices and free high-speed mobile Internet access. By providing free connectivity for up to 4 years, the 1Million Project Foundation is helping eliminate the homework gap that can exist among low-income families.

Parents received an invitation to complete a short application in early April. Those who qualified were enrolled in the program. Students will receive the hotspots prior to the start of school.

District 204’s Chief Technical Officer Adam Smeets said this program is the first step in the district’s Technology Plan to support families and students. “With a focus on digital equity and the homework gap, families who previously faced challenges with connectivity outside of school no longer need to seek out options for Internet access to complete school work,” Smeets said.

For information about this program or the application, contact District 204’s Technology Services team at techplan@ipsd.org.

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