While the US is definitely one of the most developed and richest countries in the world, not all of its individuals have equal access to information and communications technology. Granted, this so-called "digital divide" is present in practically every country on the globe but that isn't to say things can't be any better. They can, as long as someone shows initiative to make some positive changes. In fact, that's precisely what Sprint has just decided to do. In a short announcement published earlier today, the fourth-largest wireless carrier in the United States revealed that it will secure a million free wireless devices with service for disadvantaged high school students in the country. This initiative is called the "1 Million Project" and its main goal is providing Internet access to many of the less fortunate students in the US.
As the project's announcement video which you can see below claims, Internet connectivity is absolutely needed for both academic and economic success in today's day and age. Given how latest research suggests that at least 5 million US families with school-aged children don't have broadband access in 2016, Sprint decided to do something about it. Therefore, the wireless carrier will soon start handing out one million wireless devices to these underprivileged children. Young students will be able to choose between a free computer, phone, tablet, or hotspot device, all of which will come with 3GB of free LTE data and unlimited 2G data, as well as free voice calls and SMS functionality. The efforts are scheduled to start immediately and Sprint currently hopes to equip at least 200,000 students per year.
The initiative is primarily funded by Sprint and the Sprint Foundation with additional backing from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and special charity events which will be organized on a monthly basis in order to raise donations. As for specific devices that Sprint will be handing out, the wireless carrier's CEO Marcelo Claure revealed that the company is currently working with numerous school districts in order to figure out what students need the most. All in all, this seems like a fantastic initiative which will both help financially disadvantaged children and buy the struggling carrier some goodwill among consumers, so it seems like a win-win project.