Sprint's 1Million Project to Connect Norwalk Public High School Students in the 2017-18 School Year

Sprint's 1Million Project to Connect Norwalk Public High School Students in the 2017-18 School Year
Posted on 12/05/2017
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Sprint and Norwalk Public Schools announced today that high school students in Norwalk will receive the equipment and connectivity they need to complete their schoolwork from home as part of the 1Million Project.  

“The ability for students to have consistent access to technology is critical as the world increasingly becomes reliant on careers that focus on science, technology, engineering and math skills,” said NPS Chief of Technology, Innovations and Partnerships Ralph Valenzisi. “This partnership with Sprint enables NPS to raise the bar and close the gap by leveling the playing field when it comes to students and technology.” 

Seventy percent of America’s high school teachers assign homework requiring online connectivity, yet more than five million families with school-aged students do not have internet connectivity at home. These students are unable to complete their homework, search for jobs, apply to college and financial aid, or easily access the valuable information they need to succeed in school and life. 

“It’s incredible to know hundreds of kids from Norwalk who lack internet access at home will benefit from the 1Million Project,” said Gabriel Torres, Sprint President for the New England Region. “Our ambitious goal is to connect hundreds of more students over the next few years in Norwalk to help level the playing field and eliminate the ‘Homework Gap’.” 

The program will roll out starting in January with a pilot for 250 students at both Norwalk High School and Brien McMahon High School. Within two years, Norwalk Public Schools plans to have a full one-to-one computer and internet access in place for all high school students.  

Each student participating in the 1Million Project will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, or hotspot device and 3GB of high-speed LTE data per month for up to four years, while they are in high school. Unlimited data is available at 2G speeds if usage exceeds 3GB in a month. Those who receive a smartphone can use it as a hotspot.