T-Mobile CEO John Legere has recently announced that if T-Mobile merger with Sprint gets approved then the company would roll out a program to help provide children across the country with greater access to the internet and close the homework gap.
T-Mobile is calling it Project 10 Million, and it aims to provide 10 million households with free access to the internet. It’s a $10 billion commitment from the proposed New T-Mobile that will take place over the next five years.
The company has also announced to invest another $700 million to put hardware, hot spots, and reduced-cost devices in 10 million households to help deliver access.
Eligible families will receive up to 100GB of free internet access each year, one free Wi-Fi enabled hot spot, and the option to purchase select Wi-Fi enabled devices at the company’s cost.
T-Mobile says it will work with local community organizations to determine eligibility and build an enrollment process for Project 10 Million. Legere said: “You show us where they are, and we’ll jointly figure out a way to get this in their hands.”
According to T-Mobile president and COO Mike Sievert, the 10 million devices will be distributed across states based on population. On a media call this morning ha said: “We’re gonna allocate them based on some simple principles. They’re for families with children that are school-aged, families that don’t meet a certain income threshold, and who are under connected.”
The merger has already received approval from the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission.