Telekom plans internet flat rate for online learning

Deutsche Telekom wants to offer students a flat rate for learning for 10 euros. A telecommunications spokesman said on Friday in Bonn that it is about a mobile phone tariff exclusively with data usage and unlimited volume. The tariff can only be used for educational content. “You can’t get Netflix with it.” Schools and school authorities should decide which pupils can receive this offer.

Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek (CDU) said on Friday that she had written to telecommunications providers and asked for low tariffs for schoolchildren whose parents had not yet been able to pay for a network connection. The feedback from the companies is positive.

According to the Hessian Minister of Education, Alexander Lorz, Chancellor Angela Merkel (both CDU) announced at the federal-state consultations that Telekom boss Timotheus Höttges had promised her the 10-euro flat rate. The tariff with the education flat rate should be available at the end of the summer vacation in Germany, said the Telekom spokesman. Baden-Württemberg is the last federal state to end the summer holidays in mid-September.


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