Mobile details its plan to give free internet to 10 million homes

Last year, T-Mobile CEO John Legere promised free internet for 10 million United States homes in an effort to eliminate the "homework gap" - provided its merger with Sprint went through. With its network, T-Mobile hopes to get students connected even if they don't have access to internet infrastructure thanks to its wireless network.

The more than $10 billion initiative will provide free wireless hotspots and high-speed data, as well as laptops and tablets, at no cost. The wireless carrier will also offer school districts low-priced options to increased monthly data plans so students can stay connected to their schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligibility for the project is based on school or school district students enrolled in the National School Lunch Program and is for students grades K-12. School districts can apply for a grant, sharing only student ZIP codes so that T-Mobile can confirm service availability.

Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases nears 1.3m
On September 6, the number of coronavirus cases in India went past the 41-lakh mark with a record rise of over 90,633 cases. Several other cities have also resumed metro train service, including the tech hub Bengaluru in southern India.

With COVID-19 causing many schools to move to remote learning, 100GB per year likely won't be enough when you throw in hours of video calling. T-Mobiles effort might not help every child, however, as one organization estimates that 16.9 million kids don't have the connectivity required for online classes.

According to T-Mobile, the carrier has already connected more than 1.6 million students in more than 3,100 school districts across the United States. A partnership between the California Department of Education and Apple will connect another 1 million students to begin the next school year virtually.

Naturally, internet access will require coverage on the T-Mobile network but this now covers the majority of Americans.

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