Remote schooling has become the new norm amidst the coronavirus pandemic. However, not everyone is privileged enough to be able to participate in digital learning due to the unavailability of a stable internet connection. AT&T recognizes this, and its latest offerings are aimed to mitigate these worries.
AT&T is offering free wireless data service, which includes free hotspots, to teachers at K-12 schools, colleges, and universities across the U.S., in addition to lifting data caps. However, the service can only be availed for free if most of the students in the class use AT&T, as the offer entails that teachers will only get one line of free service for every 24 students activating a discounted $15 plan.
The offer will last until December 29, and schools that add at least one eligible line will be able to activate other lines under the same pricing until it ends on December 29, 2022. AT&T is incentivizing teachers, even those that don't sign up for the offer, to take advantage of a 25 percent discount on regular wireless plans for themselves and their families.
AT&T has also announced a $10 million commitment to support "most vulnerable students, who don't have adequate internet access and are disconnected from learning." Under this initiative, students will be provided with internet access and Wi-Fi hotspots. In the coming weeks, districts and non-profit organizations will be invited to apply for support, the blog post read.