It is estimated that 26% of US household with incomes less than $30,000 have no internet. Now, thanks to a new Google initiative, those households will be eligible for free gigabit internet. The internet giant has announced that will give select low-income households Google Fiber, free of charge, as part of the ConnectHome initiative.
As announced on the Google Fiber blog:
“The web is where we go to connect with people, learn new subjects, and find opportunities for personal and economic growth. But not everyone benefits from all the web has to offer. As many as 26% of households earning less than $30,000 per year don’t access the Internet, compared to just 3% of adults with annual incomes over $75,000. Google Fiber is working to change that. Today, in all of our Google Fiber markets, we’re launching a program to connect residents in select public and affordable housing properties for $0/month with no installation fee.”
ConnectHome is a program launched in partnership with the White House and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to bring internet access to families living in HUD-assisted housing, which comprises 28 communities across the country. For now, ConnectHome will be focusing on properties within Atlanta, Durham, Nashville and Kansas City, with a view to roll out the initiative further in the future.
A further part of ConnectHome will be offering courses on basic computer skills, since many families that will be eligible for free Google Fiber will lack internet experience.
Thank you Google Fiber Blog for providing us with this information.