As part of a settlement last fall when the state tried to block the Sprint/T-Mobile merger, T-Mobile has agreed to provide free and low-cost internet options for 34,000 low-income students in Colorado via free Wi-Fi hotspots and 100GB of data per year, Attorney General Phil Weiser announced Sept. 2.

As part of its nationwide effort to provide internet access to under-served students, called Project 10Million, T-Mobile will provide qualifying households with access to internet-enabled devices, such as tablets or computers, at a significant discount. Households in the T-Mobile service area are eligible based on student participation in the National School Lunch Program.

Gov. Jared Polis said the new service will help students who choose to learn remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Said Weiser, “Now more than ever, expanding access to affordable broadband internet is necessary to ensure equitable online educational opportunities for all children in Colorado.”

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Pam Zubeck is a graduate from Emporia State University. She worked at the Tulsa Tribune before coming to Colorado Springs, where she spent 16 years at the Gazette and in 2009 joined Colorado Publishing House.