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Google Putting Free High-Speed Internet in Public Housing

  • by: Perry Sanders III
  • (Wed, 03 Feb 2016 21:45:18 Z)

In a surprise Tweet, Google has announced that they will be implementing free internet in select public housing areas.

Google's announcement comes after having started its gigabit Fiber program in Kansas City back in 2012, and now some of the area's low-income residents will be first to get the service for free. "We've wired 100 homes with Fiber, and families can sign up today to access the Internet at up to 1,000 Mbps," said Google Fiber VP Dennis Kish in a blog post.

"The U.S. has some of the most expensive broadband in the world, while lagging far behind other countries in Internet speeds. And for families in affordable housing, cost can be one of the biggest barriers to getting online. [The program] can mean more children using computers in after-school programs and STEM classes, more students going online to finish their homework [and] more people taking advantage of resources like Khan Academy," Kish explained.

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