While we may take it for granted, high-speed Internet is a luxury that many people don’t have access to. Fortunately for select residents of low-income homes, Google Fiber is hooking them up gigabit Internet free of charge.
Back in 2012, Google introduced its Fiber Program in Kansas City, Kansas. The goal of the program was to implement a super-fast Internet network in a bustling city, effectively streamlining productivity and improving quality of life. Fiber has since been rolled out in Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah, with a half-dozen other cities on the horizon. Now, the program’s city of origin will be the first to see low-income homes receive the gigabit Internet service free of charge.
In keeping with Google’s pledge to the White House’s ConnectHome initiative, the company has committed to connecting up to 1,300 low-income homes in Kansas City. In a blog post published on Wednesday, Google Fiber Program VP Dennis Kish said “We’ve wired 100 homes with Fiber, and families can sign up today to access the Internet at up to 1,000 Mbps.” Kish also explained that the initiative would be geared towards school-age kids who could use the Internet to study with access to the same resources that kids from more well-off families have. The post also reveals that Google intends to expand the service to more families in affordable housing living in current and future Google Fiber cities.
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