PPS high school students can gain free home access to internet11/5/2018
For high school students, access to the internet can play a crucial role in a multitude of crucial tasks, including homework and researching and applying to colleges and careers. High school students in Portland Public Schools who need it can get free internet access at home, thanks to a program that started this year.
The Sprint 1Million Project Foundation has made 700 hotspot devices available to PPS high school students. The devices come with 3 gigabytes of high speed LTE data per month. (If usage exceeds 3 GB in a month, unlimited data is available at 2G speeds for the remainder of the month.)
Each device is equipped with a filter that complies with the Children's Internet Protection Act. Students can have up to four years of internet service while at a participating high school. No personally identifiable information about students or their families will be gathered as part of their program participation, and there is no requirement to sign up for any Sprint services.
The program is part of a Sprint national initiative to provide a million hotspots to students who need internet access. PPS students and families can find out if they are eligible by filling out a form, available in English and PPS’s five supported languages, on the PPS Sprint 1Million Project webpage. Other information, including an FAQ, is available on the page.