Release Date: 9/14/2017
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Students at three BCPS high schools to receive wireless service through Sprint grant

TOWSON, MD. – Students at three Baltimore County “Lighthouse" high schools who do not have access to the internet at home will have an opportunity to obtain it courtesy of a Sprint 1Million Project grant.

BCPS will receive 1,500 Wi-Fi Hotspots from Sprint that will allow for wireless internet access. The devices will be distributed to students at Chesapeake, Pikesville, and Owings Mills high schools. Lighthouse schools are those that have been tasked with pioneering staff development, curriculum conversion, personalized and blended learning, and the use of 1:1 digital devices for each student.

The Sprint 1Million Project is in its first year. Thousands of students nationwide who lack internet access at home will be able to complete their homework with a high-speed connection.

“We realize that not every student has internet access at home," Interim Superintendent Verletta White said. “This grant removes that barrier and helps us ensure equity for all students."

Each student participating in the 1Million project will receive a complimentary hotspot device and 3GB of high-speed LTE data per month from Sprint 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.

Sprint piloted this program with 3,750 high school students in 10 markets from January 2017 through the end of the 2016–2017 school year. In a Sprint survey of students who participated in the pilot, 86 percent said the 1Million project improved their attitude toward learning and school.

“Having access to technology can be the bridge to academic success for many high school students," said Brian Hedlund, Sprint president for the D.C., Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia region. “Our goal with the 1Million Project is to help close this homework gap and provide much needed opportunities for Baltimore County youth that extend beyond the classroom door."

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