Google just announced plans to provide free internet access to public housing buildings in Google Fiber cities, beginning with the program’s original market in Kansas City. Residents in all 100 homes of the West Bluff property can sign up for free internet access up to 1,000 mbps, a service that is still very much a luxury in lower income locations. The best part is that the company is only just getting started.
Collaboration between Google and ConnectHome, a network of government and private sector companies bringing affordable internet to communities who would otherwise not be able to afford it, is the start of something powerful. Dennis Kish, vice president of Fiber, said, “Access to the internet can mean the difference between thriving or falling behind. It can mean more children using computers in after-school programs and STEM classes, more students going online to finish their homework, more people taking advantage of resources like Khan Academy, and more families learning basic computer skills that help them be more connected.”
In Kansas City alone, the team is working to connect nine different properties to the world wide web for free, which could impact up to 1,300 metropolitan families. Google’s plan is to eventually expand the free service to select housing properties in all of its Fiber cities, ensuring that even those who face a cost barrier with internet access can still reap the benefits of a world so entwined with advancing technology.
Via The Verge