T-Mobile inks 5-year agreement with Tennessee Department of Education


T-Mobile has partnered with the Tennessee Department of Education to provide internet access to school districts throughout the state. The five-year partnership, T-Mobile Tech for TN Students, was announced today and will provide over 200,000 student connectivity devices, or mobile Wi-Fi hotspot devices directly to families at no cost.

This is in line with T-Mobile’s Project 10Million initiative. Each participating district will have three tiers of service to choose from, coming with 100GB of data per device per year for free.  

Commissioner Penny Schwinn shared: 

“As our school districts have navigated through a global health pandemic over the past year, we know access to technology and the internet remains an issue for many students.”

Schwinn also shared that they are grateful for T-Mobile for launching this “nationwide initiative”

Part of the commitment of the partnership will be to provide over 40,000 additional devices from T-Mobile over the next five years. T-Mobile will distribute these devices directly to districts, depending on economic factors such as Title 1 schools, National School Lunch Program eligibility rates, and distressed county designations. Districts can complete an online application and contract in order to participate in the program. 

The three tiers of service that will be available include the following options:

  • Free – up to 100GB per year per device
  • $12/month – up to 100GB per month per device
  • $15/month – unlimited data per device

During the pandemic, the department has been able to provide multiple districts with resources and technology funding. This includes $50 million in device funding grants and $15 million for districts to pursue connectivity options for its students. 

You can read more about this initiative here.


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  • steveb944

    Excellent to hear they’re working on this initiative.

    • marque2

      It does seem nice, but remember whenever they subsidize someone else’s services, all their customers technically pay.

      Also would be nice if they offered home wifi on a larger scale. I would be willing to pay 3x as much for an unlimited wifi from tmobile.

      • AA-Ron

        I luckily got in when they still offered unlimited hotspot on the one plus international plan. I use my phone for my ISP it works great

        • Sayahh

          I thought about this a lot after they discontinued it, but does this mean that if you leave your house that your house guests will now not have internet until you return?

      • Lefty88

        Haha your priorities seemed to be skewed. Yes, less than 1% of my monthly bill went to help provide poor kids with internet so they can learn and be productive adults. The horror!

        • marque2

          Donate yourself.