AT&T providing free data for schools amid COVID-19 outbreak
RAPID CITY, S.D. — With schools across South Dakota and the nation closed because of COVID-19, AT&T is stepping in to make sure school districts have the ability to provide students with distance learning.
The telecommunications giant is offering free wireless data to school districts. But there are some strings attached to the offer. Qualified schools that attach new lines on qualified data-only plans for school-issued tablets, 4G LTE-enabled laptops and hotspot devices will get the wireless date for no cost for 60 days. The offer is good until May 22.
“We know that schools and universities across America are grappling with the impact of COVID-19, and that moving the classroom into the home requires access to the internet for all students,” said Mo Katibeh, EVP-chief marketing officer, AT&T Business. “This is an important step to help schools address the challenge. AT&T is committed to finding innovative ways to support education institutions during this public health crisis.”
Schools will now also be protected under some of the software that AT&T is providing. Students will also be able to activate video meetings, as well as online chat groups where teachers and students are able to share files and collaborate on assignments.
AT&T says it will also directly support the development and deployment of eLearning resources for students, launching a $10 million Distance Learning and Family Connections Fund that will give parents, teachers and students tools for at-home learning.
For more information, visit AT&T’s COVID-19 Response Page.