Google Fiber Delivers Free Gigabit Internet To Low-Income Homes

Google delivers free gigabit Internet in public housing

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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Nate Santos

A born and bred New Yorker, Nate was raised on '90s hip-hop and AND1 streetball mixtapes. In his early college years, he began writing for music blogs and YRB Magazine, while working one of the scummiest jobs known to man, mobile phone sales. He later joined The SOURCE as a Contributing Editor for the print magazine and He has written for XXL magazine, and, among other media outlets. On occasion, he still loses sleep over Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals. He often copes with the stress of being a lifelong Knicks fan by adding to his sizable sneaker collection or watching a George Carlin stand-up special.