Google Rolls Out Free Web Gigabit Service to Public Housing

Many people may take excessive-velocity Web entry as a right, however for low-revenue people it is a luxurious they merely cannot afford. Google hopes to select up a few of that slack.

The corporate on Wednesday started rolling out a program that may present free, tremendous-quick Web connections to individuals who stay in public housing. The primary recipients: residents of one hundred flats on the West Bluff housing complicated in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri. They will have the ability to hook up with gigabit Web service by way of Google Fiber, without charge to them or to the Housing Authority of Kansas Metropolis.

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Ultimately, Google hopes to attach as much as 9 low-revenue properties within the Kansas Metropolis metro space. It then intends to increase the gigabit program to reasonably priced housing communities within the different cities the place Google Fiber service is already obtainable (Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas) or deliberate (Salt Lake Metropolis, San Antonio, Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham).

It is an extension of a partnership Google introduced final yr with ConnectHome, a program launched by the U.S. Division of Housing and City Improvement (HUD) and the White Home to deliver Web entry to extra faculty-age youngsters and households dwelling in public housing.

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"The U.S. has a number of the costliest broadband on the planet, whereas lagging far behind different nations in Web speeds. And for households in reasonably priced housing, value could be one of many largest obstacles to getting on-line," Dennis Kish, vice chairman for Google Fiber, stated in a weblog publish.

Based on the Federal Communications Fee, some 34 million People nonetheless lack entry to broadband, which the company defines as a 25 megabit connection for obtain and three megabits for add.