On Thursday, John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, announced that if the company merged with Sprint, the new T-Mobile would roll out a program to give children across the country better access to the internet and to close it the & # 39; homework gap & # 39 ;.
T-Mobile calls it "Project 10 million" and aims to provide 10 million households with free internet access. It is a $ 10 billion commitment of the proposed new T-Mobile that will take place over the next five years. The company has also vowed to invest another $ 700 million to place hardware, hotspots, and low-cost devices in 10 million households to provide access.
Eligible families receive "up to 100 GB of free internet access per year, a free Wi-Fi compatible hotspot and the option to purchase certain Wi-Fi devices at the expense of the company."
T-Mobile says it will work with local community organizations to qualify and build a Project 10 million application process. "You show us where they are, and together we will find a way to get this in their hands," Legere said. But some details are already known; according to T-Mobile president and COO Mike Sievert, the 10 million devices will be distributed across states based on population. "We are going to allocate them on the basis of a few simple principles. They are intended for families with children of school-age, families who do not meet a certain income threshold, and who are not connected enough," he said in a media call this morning.
The plan is part of T-Mobile's latest bid to induce a group of advocates-general to withdraw a lawsuit to block the merger agreement. The company calls it & # 39; 5G for Good & # 39; and launches these blatant goodwill initiatives to convince Advocate General that the proposed merger is in the interests of consumers and not anti-competitive.
The Advocate General's trial will be brought to court next month and T-Mobile has previously vowed not to close its deal with Sprint until the case has been resolved. The merger has already received approval from the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission, so the states are the only group to stand in the way of the deal.