The BBC and BT have teamed-up to remove mobile data charges for BBC Bitesize educational content.
Customers across BT networks will have free, unlimited access to BBC Bitesize content by the end of January, while schools remain closed.
BBC and BT deal
The partnership means that from the end of the month, EE, BT Mobile and Plusnet Mobile customers will be able to access BBC Bitesize content through the app, website or BBC iPlayer without incurring data charges.
This comes as the BBC delivers the biggest education offer in its history across more of its platforms.
From today, it will bring together BBC Two, CBBC, BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and online to deliver a range of educational materials offer to children, teachers and parents.
The BBC will continue to do all it can to help all children access educational resources to help bridge the digital divide that many families face.
First of its kind
The agreement with BT is the first of its kind and the BBC is keen to work with other operators and providers in the same way.
“With the pandemic forcing schools to close again we should not allow a lack of digital access to further impact children’s education”, Tim Davie, BBC Director General, said.
“This is why I’m delighted we have agreed this partnership with BT to remove data charges when accessing the BBC’s brilliant Bitesize content.
“The BBC will continue to do all we can to ensure every child, whatever their circumstances, can continue to access vital educational materials during this time.”
Marc Allera, CEO BT Group’s Consumer division, said: “We want to ensure that no child is left behind in their education as a result of this pandemic, and recognise that we all have a role we can play to help families and carers continue their children’s education while schools are closed.
“That’s why, as part of our Lockdown Learning support scheme launched last week, we’re proud to partner with the BBC and be the first network to zero rate BBC Bitesize and allow all of our mobile customers to access its incredible content without using up any data.”
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Supporting children and young people to continue their education is vital during this challenging time.
“It is fantastic that BT and the BBC have joined forces to remove mobile data charges for BBC bitesize for hundreds of thousands of families across the country.
“Having worked closely with the UK’s leading mobile network providers since the start of the pandemic, I would like to thank BT for this additional support, which builds on the Government’s offer of free mobile data for disadvantaged families.”