500 Paterson students given free devices and Wi-Fi through Sprint’s 1 Million Project
About 500 Paterson students will now have access to the internet thanks to wireless company Sprint's 1 Million Project.
Paterson was one of 11 school districts chosen for the national pilot program. Students in the program received a wireless device and Wi-Fi free for up to four years while they are in school.
There are about 5 million children that do not have access to the internet in the United States, according to Sprint. The company says the goal is to provide 100,000 students with internet access this year.
Nataly Espinal, a freshman at Rosa L. Parks School of Fine and Performing Arts says that this is the first time she has had access to the internet at home. She says that she has previously had to use her cellphone data to do homework.
"Since I had to use it constantly, it ran out really quickly and I always had to wait every month and it would slow down sometimes and it wouldn't work," Espinal says.
Espinal says that school is very important to her and that she wants to be able to get into a good college.
"We live in an urban district. Let's face it. The demographics of Paterson, I'm born and raised here so I understand the demographic, I understand the needs of these kids," says Principal Jalyn Lyde.
Sprint says that it would like to outfit 1 million students with internet access throughout the life of the program.