AT&T: Connected Nation Project
AT&T has made a $100 million commitment to provide 50,000 middle and high school students in Title 1 schools free Internet connectivity for educational devices over their wireless network for three years. This includes:
- 4G mobile broadband data services for student access to learning-based websites, applications, and services;
- Mobile device management to support tracking and usage of devices;
- Security software to protect access, safety and security of students;
- Solution integration for schools, to support device configuration, logistics and care services; and
- Training for teachers and administrators on effective ways to integrate this solution into classrooms and learning.
Connected Nation, a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, will select schools to participate in the program. Connected Nation believes that states, communities, families, and individuals can realize great economic and social advantages when broadband availability in underserved areas is accelerated and broadband use in all areas, rural and urban, is increased. Connected Nation expands access to and use of broadband Internet and the related technologies that are enabled when individuals and communities have the opportunity and desire to connect. Connected Nation works to engage community stakeholders, state leaders, and technology providers to develop and implement technology expansion programs with core competencies centered around its mission to improve digital inclusion for people and places previously underserved or overlooked.
Amount: N/A; awards are for free off-campus mobile connectivity for students and related services.
Eligibility: An applicant school must either be eligible to receive Title I funding or be one in which more than 50% of enrolled students are eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program. All applicant schools must have the equivalent of at least 1 dedicated IT support professional on staff to support the needs of the project, and all applicant schools must be physically located within AT&T’s 4G or 4G LTE coverage areas. Applicants should serve between 2,000-4,000 students.
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