- Commit to training relevant teachers and administrators on how best to utilize the devices and service.
Many families in the U.S. don’t have high-speed Internet at home. This problem is called the Digital Divide. But to succeed academically and compete in today’s digital world, every student needs equal access to online learning. Without this access, disconnected students can fall behind their wired peers, creating the Homework Gap.
Mobile access has the power to close the Homework Gap. T-Mobile plans to narrow the divide with EmpowerED™, a program that provides wireless devices and service plans to help students and schools succeed.
Two-year contracts for one of the following discounted education data plans:
Video typically streams on T-Mobile device at DVD quality (480p). During congestion, customers on this plan using >50GB/mo. may notice reduced speeds until next bill cycle due to data prioritization. Tethering at max 3G speeds. Sales tax and regulatory fees included in monthly service price.
Students and their families will not be required to pay any money for devices and/or wireless service received through this program.
The criteria for participation in this program are:
✓ At least 40% of students receive free or reduced lunch at each school.
✓ Each school is located in an area where T-Mobile has 4G LTE coverage over at least 80% of the school’s geographic enrollment zone. T-Mobile will validate eligibility for this requirement; to see coverage in your area please check our coverage map.
✓ At least 15% or more of students are dropping out of high school (aggregate for all high schools if a school district is applying).
✓ At least 15% of students are not grade-level proficient in math and reading by the 9th grade (aggregate for all high schools if a school district is applying).
T-Mobile is committed to the success of this program, and that means measuring impact. If your school district is approved, T‑Mobile will work with you to collect data from all students with access to off-campus mobile broadband access. Your school district will need to:
School districts nationwide that meet the following criteria are eligible to participate in this program:
Yes, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.
No, the program is available for students in grades K-12 as long as all school sites meet all eligibility criteria.
Free mobile Internet devices ranging in value from $80 to $200; or a subsidy of up to $200 per mobile Internet device, for devices over $200. Equipment will vary based on availability at the time of the program award. School districts will select equipment based on their technology needs.
The minimum number of students served from each school or district is 25. The maximum number of students will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
All schools/districts will receive planning, implementation, and deployment support.
Yes. EmpowerED 2.0 participants may choose any of these options at no additional charge: (1) Web Guard, our consumer content filtering solution; (2) our standard enterprise content filter, which also blocks the heaviest used, unique, identifiable over-the-top or IPTV video-streaming sites (including affiliated sites) on our network; or (3) our standard enterprise content filter without an added category for video streaming sites. Schools that do not use a T-Mobile-facilitated filter thereby acknowledge that they will provide their own CIPA-compliant filter on all EmpowerED devices for the duration of their use.
Note: Schools have the option to utilize the T-Mobile filtering or secure their own filter that completes their needs.
Yes, school districts or individual schools are required to participate in the program for 24 months.
All participants in this program will be required to submit annual or biannual reports to T-Mobile. Reports will contain quantitative and qualitative data to measure the effectiveness of increased access on student achievement. LEAs or individual schools shall provide data that it already collects through standardized testing or benchmark reports. All reports submitted to T-Mobile should not include any student names, and the LEA or school should incorporate anonymous identifiers where necessary. In addition, teachers, administrators, students, and parents will be required to participate in anonymous biannual surveys used to measure perception, adoption, and support/resistance levels to the program.
Schools may select from one of two discounted education rate plans:
During congestion, customers on this plan using >50GB/mo. may notice reduced speeds until next bill cycle due to data prioritization. Video typically streams on T-Mobile device at DVD quality (480p). Tethering at max 3G speeds. Sales tax and regulatory fees included in monthly service price.
No. The lines of service through this program are intended to support off-campus use and are not eligible for discounts from the E-Rate program. For more information about E-Rate programs, including eligible services, see (http://www.universalservice.org/sl/applicants/beforeyoubegin/eligible-services-list.aspx).
No. Schools that select E-Rate with T-Mobile are not eligible for EmpowerED. Similarly, T-Mobile will not be able to serve as your E-Rate provider if you are selected for EmpowerED.
This is a multi-year program and applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis.
T-Mobile will send the primary contact a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of the application.
Applications will require at least 7-14 business days to review. If the application meets all eligibility criteria, T-Mobile will contact the applicant directly via email to schedule a phone interview.
Please contact us via email at EmpowerED@t-mobile.com.
Yes. Students must be permitted to take home the devices offered through EmpowerED.