Florida partners with T-Mobile to provide internet to 600K families
Florida has entered a partnership with T-Mobile to provide 100GB of internet per year over the next 5 years to more than 600,000 families.
First lady Casey DeSantis made the announcement Tuesday during a meeting of the Children and Youth Cabinet in Tallahassee.
T-Mobile’s Project 10Million is a nationwide campaign to increase internet connectivity to millions of student households at no cost to them by offering free wireless hotspots and free high-speed data with the goal of making it available to Florida K-12 students who participate in the national school lunch program for low-income families.
“This underscores the importance of harnessing the private sector to ensure our children can learn, grow and achieve their God-given potential. If a student does not have access to technology or internet connectivity necessary for homework, it’s a disservice to their educational journey. With this partnership, we are closing the achievement gap between all children, and I thank T-Mobile for their commitment to Florida students,” DeSantis said.
School administrators can apply for the program by providing ZIP codes for students that participate in the school lunch program. The schools then distribute the hotspots and devices, with T-Mobile providing assistance for setup and technical support.