EveryoneOn, a nonprofit devoted to closing the digital divide, is working with Sprint to provide low-income students across the country with affordable home broadband. The D.C.-based organization is working with the telecommunication company to implement their commitment of providing high-speed wireless broadband service for up to 50,000 students at schools across the country starting this fall for the next four years. This effort is part of made as part of President Barack Obama’s ConnectED Initiative launched last year.
EveryoneOn will work with educators to help them understand how to leverage the new access to internet to enhance their digital learning initiatives by taking advantage of the resources provided by the access to internet.Access to this service will only be available via Sprint-approved devices, which will be sold at a special discounted rate to the approved ConnectED program participants.
“Reliable, high-speed Internet access is a bridge between the classroom and the home. However, income continues to be the top indicator for whether a family has access, making our country at risk of deepening existing achievement gaps for low-income students,” said Zach Leverenz, Chief Executive Officer of EveryoneOn. “We want every student, regardless of socioeconomic status, to have the tools they need to succeed in school and compete in this globalized, competitive job market.”
ConnectED’s mission is to provide students and teachers in the country to cutting-edge educational technology, where 99% of American students will have access to next-generation broadband by 2017.
According to a Pew Internet study, teachers of low-income students are more than twice as likely as those who teach students in the highest income bracket to report that their students’ lack of access is a “major challenge” to implementing new, innovative classroom technologies. Improving broadband adoption guarantees that all students can take advantage of the digital learning tools designed to improve educational outcomes.